A pair of paddleboarders swept nearly a mile out to sea in spring tide off Exmouth had to be rescued by the RNLI this morning.
The town’s inshore lifeboat was launched at around 10.40am after reports the stricken duo had ‘become distressed some distance from the shore’ and unable to get back.
Crew Guy Munnings, Mark Cockman and James Edge quickly located the casualties – who were said to be cold and wet but uninjured.
They were taken back to the safety of Exmouth Lifeboat Station.
Myself and my crew were pleased to be able to reach the casualties very quickly and get them to safety – Exmouth RNLI helm Guy Munnings
Exmouth RNLI helm Mr Munnings said: “The two casualties were properly equipped for paddleboarding but had got caught in the spring tide that had swept them out nearly a mile from shore.
“They had attempted to phone the lifeboat station for help, but I must reiterate that the station is not always manned and that anyone in difficulty in the sea should always call 999 for the coastguard.
“There are unusually strong sea conditions at present and I would urge anyone going on the water to always check the locality, weather and tides before venturing out.
“Myself and my crew were pleased to be able to reach the casualties very quickly and get them to safety.”
RNLI advice for paddleboarders can be found here.