Exmouth RNLI joins rescue effort as fisherman is saved from sea after 40ft boat sank without a trace

Exmouth RNLI joined a rescue effort to save a fisherman left clinging to a life-raft at sea when his boat sank without a trace.

The town’s all-weather lifeboat was launched along with the coastguard helicopter following reports that a 40ft vessel was taking on water in Lyme Bay, some six miles south of Budleigh Salterton.

A local safety boat – the Smit-Cerne – discovered the stricken sailor and took him on board and then back to the safety of Exmouth Marina.

The wet and cold casualty was uninjured and did not need any medical treatment.

Exmouth RNLI coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson said “This rescue was a very serious situation where, were it not for the crew member having proper emergency equipment such as a life-raft and proper means of communication, the outcome could have been far worse.

“I am grateful to the crew of Smit-Cerne and very pleased we were able to bring this emergency to a swift, safe and satisfactory conclusion.”

The incident happened at around noon on Friday, June 18.

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