Drifting boat posing ‘risk’ to water users is towed to safety by Exmouth RNLI

An unmanned boat spotted drifting in the water in strong winds off Exmouth seafront on Monday lunchtime (April 4) was towed to safety by the RNLI.

The sea safety charity said the stricken vessel was a ‘significant risk’ to other water users, drifting out to sea, 200metres off the seafront, its mooring road frayed and broken.

The inshore lifeboat crew towed the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to the safety of Exmouth Marina.

The lifeboat crew urged boat users to check their moorings to ensure they were secure.

Roy Stott, Exmouth inshore lifeboat helm, said: “It was fortunate that HM Coastguard were informed of this incident promptly such that the casualty vessel was brought to safety before any damage could occur or cause further risk to water users.

“I would urge all local boat owners to check their moorings on a regular basis to ensure they are robust and safe.”

The inshore lifeboat crew launched shortly after midday and located the unmanned RIB drifting out to sea.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “The assignment followed a series of 999 calls to HM Coastguard and the situation verified by Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution.

“The vessel appeared unmanned and weather-tide conditions were overcast and cold with light winds and a strong current.”

He added: “The volunteer crew arrived at the vessel within minutes and were able to confirm that it was unmanned with its mooring rope frayed and broken.

“The drifting boat was judged to be a significant risk to other water users so the lifesavers took it under tow to the safety of Exmouth Marina.”

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