Reports a swimmer had disappeared off Budleigh Salterton beach sparked a callout for Exmouth RNLI this afternoon – with crew helping a stricken kitesurfer on the way.
Both of the charity’s lifeboats were launched after being tasked by HM Coastguard at around 12.15pm.
Concern had been raised for a person in the sea who was said to have vanished from view off Steamer Steps. It was later confirmed they were not in danger and the search was called off.
En-route to Budleigh, the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was diverted to aid a kitesurfer who had become stranded on Pole Sands, off Exmouth.
The individual was then taken to shore and was uninjured.
Both lifeboats were back at their Exmouth HQ and ready for service by 2pm.
Exmouth RNLI helm Henry Mock said: “Our advice to anyone considering kitesurfing is to receive proper tuition, check the conditions and tides, never kitesurf alone or venture out further that you can swim back and always take a means of calling or signalling for help.”
The RNLI has published dedicated water safety advice for kitesurfers that can be found here.
Exmouth RNLI also has designated volunteer safety advisors, with further information available here.