Photo : Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat George Bearman II Credit : John Thorogood / Exmouth RNLI
This afternoon, Sunday 20 October 2019, the volunteer crew of Exmouth RNLI launched to assist in two separate rescues in the area.
At about 12:17pm today HM Coastguard requested the services of Exmouth RNLI to go to the assistance of a 30ft wooden fin heeled yacht that had run aground on the River Exe near Topsham.
Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, George Bearman II, led by Helm, Harry Griffin and volunteer crew Guy Munnings and Charlie Allen, launched immediately and arrived at the scene a short time later. It was ascertained that the vessel was firmly aground and the two occupants were taken on board the lifeboat and then on to safety at Topsham. No injuries were reported.
The lifeboat departed the scene at 1:31pm and was back on station at 1:45pm.
A short time later members of the crew noticed two paddle boarders apparently in difficulty off Exmouth beach, with one person struggling in the water against the tide. The Inshore Lifeboat immediately launched again at 2:09pm and reached the casualties about a minute later.
One of the individuals was taken on board the lifeboat and on to shore. The second made their way to safety under the supervision of the lifeboat crew. Both individuals were back on land at 2:17pm and the lifeboat was back on station at 2:30pm.No injuries were reported arising from this second incident.
Exmouth RNLI Helm, Harry Griffin, said “Tide times and heights vary considerably and it is essential that water users make themselves aware of this important information before they set out on the water. Strong currents running out to sea are common on our coastline and again I would emphasise the importance of seeking proper safety advice before venturing out.”
Safety information on tide times and heights can be found at the RNLI webite here : https://rnli.org/safety/know-the-risks/tides
Further advice from the RNLI concerning strong currents can be found here : https://rnli.org/safety/know-the-risks/rip-currents