Paddleboarder and dog rescued from sea TWO MILES off Budleigh Salterton – as RNLI also save duo in drifting dinghy

A paddleboarding woman and her dog were rescued from the sea two miles off the Budleigh Salterton coast yesterday (Saturday, August 29).

Exmouth RNLI also came to the aid of two people in an ‘out-of-control’ inflatable dinghy in what was one of the crew’s busiest days of the year.

They were also tasked to two further emergencies in Sidmouth.

Inshore Lifeboat D-755 Peggy D was launched  to a report of a female and a dog on a paddleboard seen drifting off Budleigh at around 10.10am.

The duo were found nearly two miles out to sea and taken to safety. Both were uninjured.

Exmouth Coastguard gave the woman safety advice once she was ashore.

HM Coastguard then alerted Exmouth RNLI to a sighting of two females in an ‘out-of-control’ inflatable dinghy off Budleigh, along with a paddleboarder trying to rescue them.

It was feared the vessel had been caught by the wind and tide and had disappeared out to sea.

The lifeboat was relaunched at around 12.30pm and, following a comprehensive search, the stricken pair were found 20 minutes later more than one-and-a-half miles offshore.

They were also uninjured and given advice by Exmouth Coastguard.

While en-route to Exmouth Lifeboat Station at around 1.20pm, the RNLI crew was tasked to another two emergencies in Sidmouth involving a kayak and paddleboard.

Both incidents had been resolved and no further assistance was necessary.

Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat helm Harry Griffin said: “There was a strong offshore breeze off our coastline and this undoubtedly contributed to the emergencies we attended.

“It was very fortunate that none of the incidents resulted in more serious consequences and we were able to get to the casualties in good time.

“Nevertheless, these serve as a timely reminder to all water users to take note of relevant safety advice concerning winds, tides and currents in the area, to use vessels that are suitable for taking to the sea and to be kitted with proper safety and communications equipment at all times when on the water.”

Exmouth RNLI has congratulated Ed Steele on what was his first live emergency call as a volunteer crew member.

RNLI safety advice on paddleboarding can be found here, and on canoeing and kayaking here.

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