Motorboat fire and swimmer fears prompt double call-out for Exmouth RNLI

A fire-hit motorboat and a swimmers false alarm sparked a double afternoon callout for Exmouth RNLI.

Both of the charity’s lifeboats were launched after multiple 999 calls were made to HM Coastguard yesterday (Sunday, September 13).

Several reports of red and white flares two-to-five miles off Orcombe Point saw the all-weather vessel 13-33 Bridie O’Shea tasked at around 1.50pm.

After a brief search, its crew found a 21ft Colvic motoroboat with one person aboard which had suffered and engine fire and lost all power.

It was taken to safety at Birxham.

At the same time numerous 999 calls were made with reports of people in the sea ‘some distance’ off the Devon Cliffs area.

Exmouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat D-755 Peggy-D carried out a search but as stood down when it was eatablished the inidivduals were swimmers who did not need help.

Roy Stott, deputy coxswain of the all-weather lifeboat, said: “It’s always important for members of the public not to think twice about contacting HM Coastguard if they notice someone they think is in trouble on the water.

“In this case the coastguard was alerted numerous times to reports of flares being seen out to sea.

“We were fortunate enough to be able to act swiftly on that information and locate the vessel that had lost all engine and electrical power due to a fire on board.

“It’s always good advice when heading out to sea to ensure that you have multiple means of communication in case of emergency and myself and my crew were pleased to assist in this successful rescue.”

RNLI Safety advice for motorboating and yacht sailing can be found here.

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