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Exmouth Crew volunteers tow couple to safety after losing steering

Lifeboats News Release

Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launched at 10.08am on 18 July to assist two casualties on board a 37’ yacht which had lost all steering, 14 miles south of Seaton.

Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn tows the casualty vessel to safety

RNLI/Emma Tarling

Casualty yacht enters Exmouth Marina under tow

Crew volunteers reached the casualties within an hour in an easterly breeze in a rough sea state. Once on scene, a tow was established to take them to safety.

The all-weather lifeboat was under the command of Deputy Coxswain, Roger Jackson. He said:

‘The man and woman were on passage from Poole to Brixham and requested a tow to a safe harbour. We brought them back to Exmouth Marina where the sea state was kinder to them and us as Crew volunteers before the impending storm.’

The casualties arrived at Exmouth Marina at 1.40pm and R and J Welburn was ready for service again by 3pm.

Notes to Editors

Photos: (Credit: Exmouth RNLI)

PR180717 Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn towing casualties to Exmouth Marina to safety.

For more information please telephone Emma Tarling, Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07837 810082 or email: emmatarling@ymail.com.

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