Trio aboard powerless yacht saved from ‘very serious situation’ by Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI came to the aid of three people aboard a broken-down 42ft yacht that had lost engine and electrical power at night miles off the Lyme Regis coast.

The stricken vessel was left with limited emergency navigation lights and no radio communications in what was described as ‘a very serious situation’ on Thursday, August 28.

All-weather lifeboat Bridie O’Shea was launched at around 9.30pm.

Its crew found the yacht at 10.45pm and escorted to safety at Torquay, arriving at around 2am.

Exmouth RNLI coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson, who commanded the lifeboat, said: “This was a very serious situation where a 42ft yacht with three persons on board had got into difficulties well out to sea during the hours of darkness and suffered complete power failure.

“This meant they had no engine power, limited navigation lights and no radio communications during the night in moderate sea conditions where they were able to make only very slow progress.

Exmouth RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launches to rescue the yacht. Image: Mark Johnson/ Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launches to rescue the yacht. Image: Mark Johnson/ Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launches to rescue the yacht. Image: Mark Johnson/ Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launches to rescue the yacht. Image: Mark Johnson/ Exmouth RNLI

“Fortunately, we sighted the boat quickly and were able to give immediate assistance and guide the yacht to safety at Torquay.

“It was a long and difficult assignment but one which myself and the crew were pleased was met with a safe and successful outcome.”

The lifeboat returned to Exmouth where it was back on-station at 2.30am.

It was crewed by Mr Hockings-Thompson, mechanic Andrew Stott, navigator Guy Munnings and Scott Ranft, Harry Griffin and James Searle.

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