Exmouth RNLI and the fire service join forces in a ‘lengthy, difficult and complex’ rescue of a boat with five onboard stuck in river mud near Exeter

A boat with five people onboard reported to be stuck in river mud near Exeter was recovered after a ‘lengthy, difficult and complex’ rescue by the RNLI and fire service.

Specialist mud rescue firefighters and Exmouth RNLI were on Monday (September 18) called to the River Exe, near Turf Locks, where a five-metre RIB (rigid inflatable boat) vessel was trapped.

After the inshore lifeboat crew located the stricken vessel, the all-weather lifeboat transported  a mud rescue team from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to reach those onboard the boat.

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A boat with five people onboard was rescued from mud in the River Exe.
Photo: Mark Cockman/RNLI.

The recovery mission took several hours and all five people onboard the boat were successfully rescued.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “HM Coastguard paged Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat and requested they attend to a five-metre RIB reportedly stuck in mud on the River Exe, with five persons on board.

“The charity’s lifeboat launched at 1.29pm and made towards the position of the casualty vessel.

“The lifesavers located the boat on the River Exe just south of Turf Locks. They assessed the situation and requested the assistance of Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat to transport a specialist team from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to the scene in order to assist extraction of the casualties.”

He added: “Following a lengthy, difficult and complex multi-agency operation, all five casualties were successfully recovered safely and HM Coastguard stood down the RNLI lifesaving crews at 6.25pm.

“No one was injured or required medical treatment.”

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