A sign to safeguard swimmers on Exmouth beach has been in place over the weekend warning about a dangerous stretch of sea.
Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) displayed the ‘red flag’ warning sign next to Coastwatch House, on Queen’s Drive, highlighting the prohibited area and warning would-be swimmers about the dangers of the area of water along Exmouth seafront.
Exmouth NCI said the sign was used on Saturday, May 30, and will continue to be displayed until the RNLI beach lifeguards can resume their duties.
Ivor Jones, Exmouth NCI station manager, said: “We strongly urge all water users to take care.”
An NCI volunteer watchkeeper on Saturday raised the alarm after spotting two men on an inflatable, drifting out to sea without oars.
HM Coastguard responded, tasking the Exmouth RNLI crew who brought the men to safety within nine minutes of the initial emergency call.
Mr Jones said: “It is thanks to the combined effort of Exmouth’s search and rescue community that these gentlemen are alive and well today.”
Exmouth NCI’s Queen’s Drive lookout is manned by 70 volunteer watchkeepers.
Exmouth NCI is the fourth busiest station in the UK.