Drifting out-of-control boat is towed to safety by Exmouth RNLI

A drifting out-of-control boat broken down in the River Exe was towed to safety by Exmouth RNLI.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 2.30pm on Monday (September 27) to reports two people were onboard a stricken day boat, drifting off Starcross.

The inshore lifeboat crew found the five-metre boat in shallow water and towed it to shore.

A spokesman for Exmouth RNLI said the vessel was unable to make headway, and described as drifting southerly on the River Exe off Starcross, close to number 17 buoy.

The spokesman said: “The inshore lifeboat volunteer crew launched immediately and made their way to the last known location of the vessel. They quickly located the boat in shallow water and assessed the situation.

“Shortly afterwards the rescuers took the day boat under tow and conveyed the vessel and the two casualties to the safety of shore at Starcross, arriving there at 3.05pm.

“Both casualties were safe and well and did not require medical attention.”

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