River warning after paddleboarders in difficulty are rescued by Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI came to the aid of two female paddleboaders who got into trouble on the River Exe.

 A passer-by had raised the alarm after spotting the pair in difficulty in the water near Exmouth Railway Station at around 5.10pm yesterday (Saturday, June 20).

Two men had also entered the river to help the stricken duo.

Exmouth’s inshore lifeboat was on the scene within minutes and took the paddleboarders – and one of their helpers – on-board.

They were taken to the safety of Exmouth Marina.

The other man made his own way to land.

A unit from Exmouth Coastguard was also called out to the incident.

The paddleboarders were suffering from ‘cold and shock’ and checked over. No-one was injured or needed any further treatment.

Exmouth RNLI Helm Guy Munnings said: “At this time of year the river can be deceptively cold and there is always a risk that paddleboarders can easily get chilled and shocked very quickly if immersed, even for short periods of time.

“It’s important for all water users to be aware of this risk and take action to prevent it – have proper training, always be aware of the weather and tides, wear suitable clothing, use a buoyancy aid or lifejacket and have a paddleboard with a leash.

“It was fortunate that a passer-by reported this incident promptly, called 999 for Coastguard and RNLI assistance and we were quickly on scene to assist.”

The lifeboat was back at its Exmouth seafront HQ and ready for service by 6.30pm.

It was crewed by helm Mr Munnings and volunteers Harry Griffin and Chris Sims.

The volunteer launch and recovery crew for the incident were Paul Balbi, Mark Cockman and Robert Thompson.

RNLI safety advice for paddleboarders can be found here.

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