Exmouth inshore lifeboat launches in mudflats search for two people

Exmouth inshore lifeboat crew was on Thursday night (September 24) tasked to search for two people seen on mudflats near Exton.

The lifeboat launched shortly after 8pm after the Coastguard raised the alert two people had been seen in the River Exe.

The Exmouth RNLI crew and emergency services stood down an hour later after a ‘comprehensive search’ found nothing.

The lifeboat crew was joined in the search by the police helicopter, officers, and Exmouth Coastguard.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “HM Coastguard tasked the Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat to a report of a sighting of two individuals in the River Exe west of Exton.

“Devon and Cornwall Police officers, the police helicopter and Exmouth Coastguard were also alerted to the incident.

“The lifeboat launched, manned by the lifesaving charity’s volunteer crew Scott Ranft, Harry Griffin and David Preece.

“It immediately made it way to the location of the sighting where, together with the other specialist search and rescue assets, commenced a detailed and thorough check of the area.

“After a comprehensive search by all rescue personnel with nothing being found, all units were stood down by HM Coastguard.”

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