Lifeboat crew rescues drifting yacht adrift off Exmouth seafront

A drifting yacht that slipped its mooring was spotted off Exmouth seafront on Tuesday morning (March 15) and picked up by the RNLI.

The inshore lifeboat launched shortly before 8am to the unoccupied vessel, locating it shortly after 8am around two miles off the seafront.

The yacht was towed to safety by the lifeboat crew and recovered to a mooring.

An RNLI spokesman said: “The crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked by HM Coastguard to attend to a report of a drifting yacht.

“The boat was reported off Exmouth seafront, had apparently slipped its mooring, was out of control and a danger to water users.”


Photo: Geoff Mills/RNLI.

The lifeboat ‘immediately sped’ to the last known location of the unoccupied yacht, the RNLI said.

The spokesman said: “The volunteer lifesavers located the unoccupied yacht about two-miles off Exmouth seafront at 8.04am, took it under tow and safely recovered it to a mooring.”

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