Exmouth RNLI volunteers officially name their new ‘workhorse’ George Bearman II

Photos: (Credit Simon Culliford)

PR220517-1 Pauline Smith names George Bearman II with Helm, Roger Jackson.

PR220517-2 Molly Stott presents to Pauline Smith and receives flowers from Martin Gregory.

A Naming and Dedication ceremony took place at Exmouth lifeboat station for the second D class lifeboat provided by Pauline Smith, in memory of her grandfather, George Bearman.



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Arranmore Lifeboat rescues two people off Glen Head

By Nora Flanagan, Arranmore Lifeboat Press Officer
 The RNLI Arranmore lifeboat was called out to assist two people in a boat with engine failure off the coast of Glen Head, County Donegal on Saturday evening 20th May at 8 35pm. The boat which had left Bunbeg and was on its way to Sligo, developed engine trouble and was taking in water  and had to drop anchor off Glen Head until the lifeboat secured a tow rope. The lifeboat proceeded to tow the stricken vessel to Burtonport where it was placed in dry dock for repair. Jimmy Early, coxswain of the lifeboat said the crew did the right thing calling out the lifeboat and as we approach the summer that people should be aware or the RNLI’s Respect The Water Campaign.

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Both Exmouth lifeboats rescue lone sailor on ‘unseaworthy’ yacht


Exmouth RNLI Shannon class and D class lifeboats launched today after a passing tug spotted a lone sailor aboard a 26′ yacht in difficulty, two miles south of Exmouth.

PR030517-1 Shannon class towing casualty with D class lifeboat alongside

PR030517-2 Helm, Roger Jackson investigating problem on board yacht

PR030517-3 Yacht in tow – view from Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

Inshore lifeboat launched first at 11.42am to investigate. The casualty vessel had taken on water and suffered engine failure, so Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn also launched at 12 noon.

Crew volunteers put a salvage pump on board the yacht and the Shannon towed the sailor into the river Exe, with the D class lifeboat alongside.

The man was taken to his mooring off Starcross pier and safety advice was given. The casualty was wearing a lifejacket but his VHF radio wasn’t connected, meaning the only method of communication he had was a torch to flash SOS.

Helm, Roger Jackson said:

We pumped as much water out as we could, but the whole yacht was completely sodden. The casualty wanted to stay on board and fix the leak himself. His wooden yacht was very old and we advised him not to take to the sea in the same condition and without means of communication again.’


Both boats were back at station at 2pm and ready for service at 2.30pm.