Teen’s dislocated knee and ‘dinghy in difficulty’ spark double callout for Exmouth RNLI

A teen with a dislocated knee and reports of a dinghy in difficulty sparked a double callout for Exmouth RNLI yesterday afternoon (Saturday, August 8).

The charity’s inshore lifeboat was launched at around 2.15pm after concern was raised for two people on board an inflatable off Red Rock at Dawlish Warren.

Safety advice was given to the duo after the dinghy was found but was not in need of any help.

Crew members were then called to Sandy Bay beach at aroud 3.25pm to give first-aid to an 18-year-old who had dislocated his knee.

The casualty was taken to Exmouth Lifeboat Station and then on to hospital.

Picture: Chris Sims/Exmouth RNLI

Picture: Chris Sims/Exmouth RNLI

We were very pleased to have been of service on both occasions – Exmouth RNLI helm Guy Munnings

Picture: Chris Sims/Exmouth RNLI

Picture: Chris Sims/Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI helm Guy Munnings, who commanded the lifeboat during both emergencies, said: “It was a busy Saturday afternoon for Exmouth RNLI volunteers.

“The first incident involved two individuals who were seen to be apparently in difficulty and struggling with the tidal conditions locally.

“On our arrival with the vessel it was established that our help wasn’t required but we were able to provide general safety advice as to the sea state and tidal conditions.

“The second assignment was a call for assistance from lifeguards on Sandy Bay beach who were attending to an individual who had dislocated a knee.

“Myself and my crew were able to get to the scene quickly and administer first-aid to the casualty.

“Due to the location, it was decided that the best option was to convey the casualty back to Exmouth Lifeboat Station. He was taken to hospital shortly afterwards.

“We were very pleased to have been of service on both occasions.”


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During the first callout, the lifeboat was commanded by helm Mr Munnings and crewed by James Searle and Charlie Allen.

It was launched by Mark Sansom and tractor driver Neil Cannon.

The second incident was attended by crew Mr Munnings, Mr Allen and Harry Griffin.

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