Six rescued off Torbay after speedboat sinks

Six people have been described as “lucky” by the Coastguard after a passing vessel rescued them from a sinking speedboat off Torbay

The Torbay all-weather lifeboat was called out at 16:20 on Saturday (August 15) in response to reports of a sinking speedboat with six people on board.

Severn-class lifeboat Alec and Christina Dykes (pictured above) was launched from Brixham and arrived on the scene to find that the six people in question had been taken on board dive vessel Jennifer Anne, which was passing nearby.

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The crew of the stricken vessel, who had set out from Teighnmouth, were wearing lifejackets and were safely taken ashore at the Torbay lifeboat station.

However, their unidentified speedboat was not so lucky – the vessel sank and could not be recovered from the water.

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A coastguard spokesman told the Torquay Herald Express: “It was lucky for them that the other vessel was close by. It was also lucky that the six had life saving equipment on board.”

This incident marked the 30th call-out of the year so far for RNLI Torbay, which also operates a smaller D-class lifeboat called John William Hirst.