Exmouth RNLI came to the rescue of two men in a rowing boat caught out by the changing tide last night (Saturday, May 23).
The stricken duo – neither of whom had a lifejacket – got into difficulty on the River Exe at around 9.40pm.
Both of the town’s temporary lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, were launched to search for the vessel after being alerted by HM Coastguard.
The two men – one a non-swimmer – were found a short time later, taken to the safety of land and checked over by paramedics.
Both were ‘cold and very wet’ but not believed to have been injured, said Exmouth RNLI.
Helm Henry Mock said: “The two individuals had found themselves struggling to row against a significant tide that had changed during the period they were on the river.
“It’s very important for water users to be aware of changing tides as they can present hazardous conditions.
“Our safety message is to advise everyone taking to the water to ensure they have proper safety equipment and, in particular, lifejackets.
“I am pleased that we were able to assist these gentlemen and the incident had a successful outcome.”
Inshore lifeboat D-755 Peggy D, under the charge of Mr Mock, had searched a large length of the river.
Crew of the larger, all-weather 13-33 Bridie O’Shea, commanded by second coxswain Scott Ranft, kept watch at the river estuary.
Both lifeboats returned to Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station at around 11.40pm.
RNLI water safety advice can be found here.
Exmouth RNLI also has designated volunteer safety advisors, with further information available here.