Motionless yacht off Budleigh is helped to safety by Exmouth lifeboats

A motionless yacht spotted off Budleigh Salterton on Saturday night (July 9) was helped to safety by the RNLI.

Exmouth inshore and all-weather lifeboats launched at around 9.30pm after a 16-foot trimaran was spotted making no progress in a slack tide about a mile off Budleigh, with no additional power.

Lifeboat crews from Exmouth and Teignmouth helped the stricken vessel with two people onboard safely across the bay.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said ‘numerous’ 999 calls were made by the public, raising the alarm: “HM Coastguard tasked both Exmouth RNLI lifeboats to several reports of a 16ft trimaran making no progress about one mile off Budleigh Salterton, with no indication of any persons on board.”

He added: “On their arrival with the sailing vessel it was established that two persons were crewing the boat and were attempting to make their way to Teignmouth but had become becalmed in a slack tide with no auxiliary power.

“The lifeboat crews assessed the situation and escorted the yacht across the bay where they were met by the crew of Teignmouth RNLI B Class lifeboat and assisted safely into Teignmouth.

“Having ensured the safety of the vessel and its crew both Exmouth lifeboats returned to the lifeboat station.”

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