Concern for a windsurfer on the River Exe prompted an early-evening callout for Exmouth RNLI.
The town’s inshore lifeboat was launched after a number of 999 calls were made at around 6.15pm on Saturday, March 27.
A male windsurfer was said to be in difficulty on the waterway between the River Exe Café and Lower Halsdon Farm.
Crew Guy Munnings, Henry Mock and James Searle then received further reports that the man may have been helped to shore.
Exmouth Coastguard was also called out.
While carrying out a search of the shoreline, the rescuers noticed an individual fitting the description of the windsurfer.
“The casualty was identified, found to be safe and well and the lifeboat was stood down from the assignment at 6.52pm, at which point it made its way back to the lifeboat station where it was back on service a short time later,” said an Exmouth RNLI spokesperson.
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