Lifeguards save struggling young child and woman from fast-flowing water off Exmouth

Lifeguards saved a woman and young child struggling to stay above the water in the sea off Exmouth.

RNLI rescuers came to the rescue of the stricken duo after they were swept into fast-flowing water at the mouth of the River Exe.

Both casualties were helped to shore and were uninjured following the incident at 11.30am yesterday (Friday, July 31).

Double rescue at Exmouth on a very busy day for local lifeguards.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “The casualties, a young child and an adult, had been swept off ‘the spit’ by the incoming tide and into the deep fast flowing water at the mouth of the River Exe.

“Lifeguard Kaifen Phippen immediately responded on a rescue board, backed up by Alex Sanger-Anderson on a second board.

“By the time Kaifen reached the casualties the child was intermittently submerged while the adult was fighting to keep their head above the water to attract help.

“Kaifen grabbed them both and supported them on the board until Alex arrived, they then paddled each casualty in separately.

“Once ashore the casualties were reassured and monitored to confirm no immediate medical intervention was required, as well as being warned of the risks of delayed-onset drowning.”

The RNLI has told swimmers:

  • The safest place to swim is always between the red and yellow flags;
  • Never swim in an area marked by red flags and always look out for signs warning of dangers;
  • Ask the lifeguards for advice if needed;
  • Keep an eye on your family/group in the water.
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