Fears boys had been swept out to sea off Budleigh Salterton prompt Sidmouth Lifeboat callout

Fears two boys had been swept out to sea off Budleigh Salterton this afternoon (Wednesday, August 7) sparked a callout for Sidmouth Lifeboat.

The independent rescue service was called into action at around 2.30pm – but the children had already made it safely back to shore.

A Sidmouth Lifeboat spokesperson said: “Sidmouth Lifeboat was paged to a report of two boys being swept out to sea at the mouth of the River Otter, Budleigh Salterton.

“At 2.34pm, the Lifeboat was at sea and en-route to scene.

“The two boys were then reported as having made is safely back to shore.

“Sidmouth Lifeboat continued to scene to confirm all was well, before being stood down and returning to station.”

The lifeboat crew was made up of Guy Bennett, Guy Russell, Maddie Todd and Phil Marish, with tractor driver Brian Taylor also assisting.

“Huge thanks to the boat crew, tractor driver, shore crew and support team, as well as patient members of the public for assisting us today,” added the lifeboat spokesperson.

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