Exmouth RNLI called to broken down motor boat

Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew launched to an incident this evening involving a 22ft motor boat broken down off Budleigh Salterton.

At 7.58pm today Sunday 22 August 2021, H.M. Coastguard tasked Exmouth NLI All Weather Lifeboat R & J Welburn to attend a report of a 22 foot bowrider in difficulties with engine failure approximately 800 yards off the coast of Budleigh Salterton.

The charity’s lifeboat launched at 8.17pm with volunteer crew, Roy Stott, Harry Griffin, Robert Thompson, Andrew Stott, Ed Steele and Geoff Mills. The lifesavers immediately made their way to the last known position of the vessel. A number of children were reportedly on board the broken down boat that had a malfunctioning VHF radio but made contact via mobile phone.  

Exmouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat R & J Welburn in action Credit : John Thorogood / RNLI

The boat was located at about 8.33pm at the position given and the crew quickly assessed the situation. It became clear that the vessel was unable to make progress so it was secured and a tow effected.

The yacht and its crew were safely towed to Exmouth Marina arriving there at about 4.30pm and the lifeboat was back on service a short time later. Detailed RNLI advice for sailing and motorboating can be found here.