Stranded speedboat shout for Ilfracombe lifeboat

The Ilfracombe inshore lifeboat, Deborah Brown II assists the broken down speedboat off Combe Martin

The Ilfracombe inshore lifeboat, Deborah Brown II assists the broken down speedboat off Combe Martin. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe. - Credit: RNLI/Ilfracombe

Inshore lifeboat called to boat that ran out of fuel just off Combe Martin.

ILFRACOMBE’S RNLI inshore lifeboat was out yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), when a speedboat became stranded near Combe Martin.

The 17 foot fast motor boat was ran out of fuel just off Hangman and had called the coastguard for aid.

The coastguard asked that any vessel nearby respond and local charter boat Lundy Explorer answered the call, speaking with the crew of the motor boat and waiting nearby for the lifeboat to arrive.

“When we arrived, I spoke with the crew of the boat and was glad to find that they had no other problems than running out of fuel,” said Matt Simpson, lifeboat helmsman and deputy second coxswain.


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“They were happy and grateful to be towed into Watermouth, where we assisted them onto a mooring and handed them over to the harbour master and a local coastguard team.’

* ILFRACOMBE RNLI is holding its annual Summer Splash event this Sunday (June 30) from 11am until 4pm. There will be stalls, games, refreshments and their legendary barbeque, featuring the popular ‘Stormy Stan Burger’.

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Plus the opportunity to soak a crew member in the stocks and a chance to go aboard the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Derbyshire while she is afloat by the slipway.

A rescue display by both lifeboats will be held in the outer harbour from 1pm.

All proceeds from the day will go directly towards the charity’s appeal for the launch and recovery vehicle for Ilfracombe’s new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, expected to arrive on station towards the end of next year.

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