The charity volunteers on England's southern coast did double duty on Wednesday, performing two separate rescues.


Exmouth RNLI retrieved four people in two separate incidents, coming to the aid of a stranded sailor as well as a 10-year old boy and his parents.

At around 11 a.m., the group launched an inshore lifeboat to respond to reports of a yacht in trouble.

Coastwatch volunteers contacted the Coastguard after seeing a small yacht circling erratically in breaking waves near the station. The lifeboat reached the vessel shortly after launching and one of the crew boarded the yacht to supervise a tow to a nearby visitor’s mooring.

Later in the day, just after 4 p.m., the same lifeboat launched to assist a 10-year old boy and his parents whose motorboat had suffered a mechanical failure off the coast of Lympstone.

With an imprecise location for the stranded vessel and wind and wave conditions worsening, the RNLI launched an all-weather Shannon-class lifeboat around 4:50 p.m. to assist in the rescue.

The Shannon-class lifeboat located the stricken craft and towed it and its passengers to safety at the Exmouth Marina.

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