Exmouth lifeboat crew rescue pair stranded with broken-down boat

Lifeboat crew from Exmouth rescued a pair boaters stranded on Dawlish Warren on Friday night (June 17).

The inshore lifeboat launched shortly after 10pm to a report of two people stranded across the water from Exmouth with a broken down four-metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB).

When the lifeboat crew arrived at the stricken vessel, they found its engine could not be started so towed the RIB and its passengers back to Exmouth.

No one was injured or needed medical attention, the town’s RNLI said.

Harry Griffin, inshore lifeboat helm, said: “The occupants of the RIB were well equipped for emergencies and it was very unfortunate that when they came to leave Dawlish Warren a fault developed on their outboard motor, leaving them stranded.

“We were happy to help and pleased that the situation ended safely.”

The lifeboat crew returned to the seafront boat house, on Queen’s Drive, at 10.40pm.

An Exmouth lifeboat spokesperson said: “The volunteer lifesavers quickly sped to the scene, rapidly locating the vessel and its two occupants.

“The crew assessed the situation, determined that the engine of the RIB could not be started and effected a tow for the boat and its two crew members to the safety of Exmouth Marina.

“No one was injured or required medical attention.”

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