Budleigh: Injured kite surfer with ‘broken legs’ is rescued from sandbank after being stranded in storm

An injured kite surfer thought to have broken legs was rescued at Budleigh Salterton after being stranded on a sandbank in stormy conditions.

The emergency services were on Sunday afternoon (May 23) called to the nature reserve near the mouth of the River Otter where they found the casualty, who was thought to have two broken legs.

The man was plucked to safety, rescued from driving rain and wind by firefighters from Exmouth and Seaton, then taken to hospital by ambulance.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “Crews from Exmouth and Seaton, along with supporting specialist officers, attended a report of a kite surfer that had become stranded on a sandbank, surrounded by water, and had sustained injuries to the legs.

“On arrival crews made contact with the casualty and confirmed their legs were very swollen and not sure if they were broken.”

The emergency services and members of Exmouth and Beer coastguard teams were at around 4.15pm called to the River Otter where they found the man surrounded by water.

In storm force southerly winds of up to 50mph, and driving rain, the casualty was rescued then checked over for possible broken legs by a waiting ambulance crew.

A DSFRS spokesperson said: “One professional kite surfer was rescued from flood plains by firefighters in water rescue equipment and flood suits.

“Crews used one stretcher, one short extension ladder and a general-purpose line.

“The casualty was left in the hands of the ambulance crew and transported to hospital.”

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