Exmouth RNLI launches to second engine failure rescue in a week, prompting warning for water users to check equipment

A stricken motorboat towed to safety by Exmouth RNLI has prompted a warning to water users to check equipment before launching.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched at around 10.30am on Tuesday (September 15) after a motorboat lost engine power as a result of cam belt failure, some three miles east of Teignmouth.

The lifeboat crew, coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson, and crew members Andy Stott, Paul Balbi, Tim Barnes, Charles Swale and James Searle, towed the 21-foot vessel to Exmouth Marina and made sure those on board were safe.

The rescue was the second of its kind within a week, where the lifeboat was launched because of engine failure.

Exmouth RNLI said no one was injured and the lifeboat made its way to the 21ft motor boat where the crew assessed the situation, made safe the three occupants, took the vessel under tow, returning it to the marina by 1pm.

Steve Hockings-Thompson, Exmouth RNLI coxswain, said: “This is the second incident our lifeboat has attended involving engine failure this week.

“It is essential that water users keep their power units properly serviced and in good order and to ensure that communication equipment is in full working condition.

“Our crew made safe the boat before towing it to Exmouth Marina and we were pleased that this incident resulted in a successful outcome.”

The RNLI said water users can check the sea safety charity’s advice for motorboating and yacht sailing here.

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