Exmouth RNLI came to the rescue of a 22ft motorboat ‘with a number of children on-board’ which had broken down off Budleigh Salterton.
The charity’s all-weather lifeboat was launched after the stricken vessel got into difficulty when it suffered engine failure some 800 yards off the coast at around 8pm on Sunday, August 22.
Volunteer crew, Roy Stott, Harry Griffin, Robert Thompson, Andrew Stott, Ed Steele and Geoff Mills headed to the scene.
An Exmouth RNLI spokesperson said: “The lifesavers immediately made their way to the last known position of the vessel.
“A number of children were reportedly on board the broken down boat that had a malfunctioning VHF radio but made contact via mobile phone.
“The boat was located at about 8.33pm at the position given and the crew quickly assessed the situation.
“It became clear that the vessel was unable to make progress so it was secured and a tow effected.
“The yacht and its crew were safely towed to Exmouth Marina arriving there at about 4.30pm and the lifeboat was back on service a short time later.”
RNLI advice on sailing and motorboating can be found here.