Kitesurfer seen struggling near Budleigh sparks launch of Exmouth lifeboat

A kitesurfer spotted in difficulty in the water near Budleigh Salterton sparked the launch of the Exmouth lifeboat.

Exmouth inshore lifeboat launched at around 11.30am on Thursday (April 15) after a 999 call was made to the Coastguard.

The lifeboat crew stood down after the Coastguard said the kitesurfer made his own way to safety.

The kitesurfer was seen in the sea between Sandy Bay and Budleigh beach.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew members launched their inshore lifeboat this morning following a 999 call reporting a kitesurfer in difficulty off the East Devon shoreline.

“At 11.38am today, Thursday 15 April, Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat, George Bearman II, was launched having been tasked by HM Coastguard to a report of a kitesurfer struggling and apparently in difficulty.

“He was sighted between Sandy Bay and Budleigh beach.”

The Exmouth RNLI spokesperson added: “The lifesavers immediately commenced a search of the area surrounding the last sighting of the kitesurfer but were stood down at 12.28pm when it was established by the Coastguard that the casualty had apparently self-recovered and was safe and well.

“The lifeboat made its way back to the lifeboat station where it was back on service a short time later.”

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