A teenage swimmer seen struggling against the tide at Exmouth was rescued by the inshore lifeboat crew on Thursday evening.
The alarm was raised by a member of the public, who called in at the RNLI boathouse to report the incident.
The lad, visiting from the West Midlands, was uninjured and brought to shore in George Bearman II shortly after 7pm on Thursday, July 25; he was given casualty care at the Queen’s Drive lifeboat station.
Exmouth RNLI said it was important holidaymakers and seaside visitors heading for the beach had some knowledge of the area and water where they planned to swim.
Harry Griffin, volunteer inshore lifeboat helm, who led the rescue, said “This young man was very lucky. He had swum out over 200 metres and got caught in a strong tide.
“It is so important that swimmers know the local area and are aware of the dangers of extreme currents.”
Exmouth RNLI urged the public reporting emergencies to dial 999 or speak to the coastguard on 112.
Harry said: “On this occasion a member of the public reported the incident at the boathouse but it should be remembered that our station isn’t manned round the clock.”
Exmouth RNLI said the charity’s Respect the Water campaign offers safety advice for beach-goers; always swim between the red and yellow flags on a lifeguarded beach, never swim alone, always swim parallel to the shore and not straight out.