An abandoned kiteboard washed up on Ladram Bay beach on Monday morning sparked the launch of the Exmouth lifeboats and a potential rescue mission.
The RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats launched shortly after 8.30am on October 19 to reports of a lone kiteboard on the shore and a person potentially in difficulty in the sea.
The RNLI crew and coastguard rescue teams from Exmouth and Beer searched the shoreline from Ladram Bay to Jacob’s Ladder, at Sidmouth.
The lifeboats returned to the Exmouth seafront station at around 9.20am when it was decided the board had been abandoned.
An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “Both lifeboats were stood down from their tasking when it was established that the kiteboard had been on the beach, apparently abandoned, since yesterday.
“They were back on station ready for service a short time later.”
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