Exmouth RNLI urges water users to carry safety equipment after rescue of lone yacht sailor

Boat users are urged to carry safety equipment by Exmouth RNLI after volunteers last week rescued an overdue yacht.

The crew launched the inshore lifeboat shortly before 9.30pm on August 26, after a report a 26-foot yacht was late back, travelling from the Exe Estuary to Teignmouth.

The lifeboat crew spotted the yacht off Starcross and discovered the lone crew member onboard, attempting to go ashore,  had dropped the vessel’s tender outboard motor in the water, but had no way of raising the alarm.

Exmouth RNLI said the yacht was landed safely at Starcross Pier at around 10pm.

David Preece, inshore lifeboat helm, said: “When on the water it is so important to ensure that you have appropriate safety equipment at all times, including a lifejacket and efficient means of communication, as well as checking the weather and tides.

“We were pleased to be of assistance on this occasion and ensure the incident ended safely.”

An RNLI spokesman said: “The lifesavers located the vessel off Starcross and it was established that the single crew member had dropped the outboard motor for his tender in the river whilst transferring from the yacht and had no means of communication.

“The lifeboat crew ascertained that the casualty was well, did not require medical attention and conveyed him to the safety of land at Starcross Pier at 10.10pm that evening.”



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