Yacht in difficulty off Exmouth is towed to safety by RNLI lifeboat

A stricken yacht spotted a mile off Exmouth was towed to safety by the town’s lifeboat crew.

Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched in the evening last week (October 4) after the Coastguard reported a yacht in difficulty a mile off Orcombe Point.

The vessel, with one person on board, had damaged rigging and no working engine.

Lifeboat volunteers towed the yacht to the estuary, where it was moored.

A town RNLI spokesman said: “The crew of Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist the sole occupant of a yacht that had got into difficulty about a mile south of Orcombe Point, Exmouth.

“The vessel had sustained damage to its rigging and had no working engine.

“The volunteer crew launched on service at 5.35pm and were with the casualty vessel a short time later.

“They assessed the situation and determined that it was unable to make progress.

“A crew member was placed on board and the yacht taken in tow.

“The lifesavers towed the damaged boat to the safety of the River Exe estuary, where it was securely moored.”

The RNLI spokesman said no one was injured or needed medical attention.

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