Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat searching for an abandoned kayak

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Lifeboat press release

Exmouth RNLI volunteers were tasked this evening to witness a report of an apparently abandoned kayak drifting upside down on the River Exe.

Mark Johnson

Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launch.

At 5:51 pm today Monday October 4, 2021, HM Coastguard loaded Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
D-805 George Bearman II to a report of a seemingly abandoned kayak seen drifting upside down on the River Exe.

The lifeboat launched at 6:05 p.m. and piloted by Scott Ranft, Steve Satchell and James Edge, immediately attended the scene and began to search the area. They quickly located the kayak at 6:13 PM on the Exmouth side of the River Exe and retrieved it to a safe location. After a further search, the crew of volunteers made sure there was no one in trouble in the area and at 6.30 p.m. they were dismissed from their duties by the HM Coast Guard.

They returned to the Exmouth Lifeboat Station where the lifeboat was back ready for service shortly thereafter.

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