Motorboat & Yachting: An emergency rescue off Exmouth saw four people lifted from the water after their 18ft speedboat sank yesterday.
Four people were rescued off a sinking speedboat near Exmouth yesterday, prompting a Coastguard warning about preparing for the unexpected.
Three adults and one teenager were safely lifted from the water after their 18-footer began taking on water between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.
RNLI Exmouth responded to the distress call by launching lifeboat R and J Welburn and reported that only one of the people onboard the stricken vessel was wearing a lifejacket. All four were given medical attention at Exmouth Marina after the successful rescue mission.
Peter Davies from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The person who called us this afternoon did exactly the right thing by calling for help at the earliest opportunity.
“Because they called when they did the amount of time the group spent in the cold sea was mercifully short.” He added that all boatowners should “prepare for the unexpected” even when taking a short tip out on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
Recommended measures include taking enough lifejackets and personal floatation devices, and investing in a VHF or DSC radio, which can raise a distress in the event that your mobile phone does not have enough signal.
Yachting Monthly: £155,000 worth of yacht abandoned. Three yachtsmen rescued from a life-raft after their 49ft yacht sank in the Atlantic were not insured for her loss
Leonard and Lisa Rorke’s £155,000 Beneteau Oceanis, last surveyed in 2007, was taking in water during a storm 900 miles off Bermuda, so they took to the liferaft with crewman Henri Worthalter and a pet dog.
They were picked up by a British-registered tanker the 351ft Tilda Kosan on passage to Mexico with a freight of gas.
The tanker’s captain used superb seamanship to range alongside the raft in the dark in rough conditions and take them off.
Leonard Rorke, 55, said: ‘We really did not think we were going to live. We were clinging on for our lives when we were found.’
The couple from Oundle, Northamptonshire only had the boat insured for Third Party claims.
They have two daughters back home at their £300,000 detached home.
See article at Yachting Monthly