RIB Adrift

“New Years Day and Exmouth Coastwatch first incident of the year! Watchkeepers were monitoring the Exmouth buoyed channel when they noticed a RIB which had stopped near to number 3 buoy. Solent Coast Guard then transmitted a pan pan call to a white and blue RIB which had broken down in the Exmouth channel. The casualty had no VHF radio although the sole occupant was wearing a life jacket and had flares. Coastguard was contacted and told that this casualty was under observation by watchkeepers and asked to continue to monitor the situation. An hour passed by and the Coastguard was informed that the casualty was still in the same position and the weather was changing. The Inshore Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat was launched and the casualty was towed into Exmouth marina to be met by Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team who assessed the welfare of the casualty. Great work by our Search and Rescue colleagues in a coordinated effort. Exmouth Coastwatch was thanked by Solent Coastguard as being their eyes during this incident.”

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A reminder to boat owners to use Ch65 for radio checks…..