Emergency services spent more than four hours searching for a paddleboarder ‘seen two-and-a-half miles off the Budleigh Salterton coast’ last night (Tuesday, September 15) – but nothing was found.
Exmouth RNLI, Sidmouth Lifeboat, the HM Coastguard helicopter and Exmouth coastguard all took part in the effort after concern was raised at around 7.30pm.
They were stood down just before midnight.
An Exmouth RNLI spokesperson said: “HM Coastguard tasked both our RNLI all-weather Lifeboat, 13-33 Bridie O’Shea and inshore lifeboat D-755 Peggy-D to a report of concern for a paddleboarder seen approximately two-and-a-half miles off the coast of Budleigh Salterton.
“Both lifesaving vessels undertook an extensive, detailed search for several hours of the vicinity in which the paddleboarder was last sighted, assisted by members of the Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team, the Sidmouth independent lifeboat Pride of Sidmouth and an HM Coastguard AW-189 helicopter, Rescue 187.
“On completion of thorough searches of the relevant area with nothing found, both lifeboats were stood down at just before midnight when they returned to Exmouth, refueled and were back ready for service shortly afterwards.”
RNLI Safety advice for paddleboarders can be found here.