Faulty boat radio’s distress message sparks launch of lifeboats in Exmouth

A lifeboat launch prompted by a distress signal sounding in Exmouth was found to be a false alarm from faulty equipment.

Exmouth inshore lifeboat launched at around 11.30am on Wednesday (July 6) to a report of an automatic distress signal received off Sandy Bay, resulting in a shoreline search of the area.

After both lifeboats launched and carried out a search of the area they found a vessel with a faulty radio, east of the call-out location.

An  RNLI spokesman said: “Both lifeboats then commenced a detailed search of the area and at 11.55am the volunteer crew of the RNLI inshore lifeboat identified a vessel east of the location with a faulty radio that was believed to be the source of the signal.

“The crew were able to satisfy themselves that the alarm was due to equipment failure, those on board the boat were safe and no other vessels in the area were in distress.”

The inshore lifeboat launched at 11.26am at the request of the Coastguard to a report of an automated DSC distress signal being received at a location 300 metres off Sandy Bay, Exmouth.

RNLI crew commenced a shoreline search in the locality broadcast by the emergency call.

Shortly after the Coastguard requested Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat joined the inshore vessel in the search.

At 12.15pm the Coastguard stood down both lifeboats and they made their way back to Exmouth.

The RNLI spokesman said: “At 11.26am today, Wednesday 6 July, HM Coastguard tasked Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat to a report of an automated DSC distress signal being received at a location 300 metres off Sandy Bay, Exmouth.

“The lifesavers launched at 11.32am and immediately commenced a shoreline search in the locality broadcast by the emergency call.

“Shortly afterwards at 11.36am HM Coastguard requested Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat launch to assist their colleagues in the search.”

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