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Both Exmouth lifeboats search following concern for person in water

Lifeboats News Release

Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II and Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launched on the evening of 11 June following a 999 call to the Coastguard.

Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II is recovered at the same time as Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn in the background

RNLI/Emma Tarling

Both lifeboats were recovered simultaneously on Exmouth beach

The call was made from a member of the public who thought they had seen a person in the water, waving their arm in the air for help, east of the lifeboat station.

D class lifeboat George Bearman II launched first at 8.05pm and within 15 minutes, found a pink lilo a mile south east of the lifeboat station. At this point, Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launched at 8.20pm but both were stood down, the Shannon at 9.16pm and D class lifeboat at 9.32pm after no further sightings.

Exmouth Coastguard team also assisted from the shore. Both lifeboats were ready for service again by 9.45pm.

Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson said:

‘Following the discovery of the inflatable, our Crew volunteers on both lifeboats conducted search patterns for over an hour, advised by the UK Coastguard. There was a concern that somebody had drifted offshore and was difficulty. We had on board a thermal imaging device which members of the community had kindly donated recently, so if there was anyone in the water, we would have spotted them.’

Notes to Editors (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

Photos: PR120618 Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II being recovered with the recovery of Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn in the background.

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

Alternatively, you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789

Shore Crew volunteers recover Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn on Exmouth beach

RNLI/Emma Tarling

Recovery of Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn on Exmouth beach
Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II recovered the pink lilo to Exmouth lifeboat station

RNLI/Emma Tarling

The pink lilo was brought back to Exmouth lifeboat station

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