Exmouth RNLI rescuers were called into action when a 12-year-old boy went missing while swimming in the sea.
Concern was raised for the child – who was last seen in water between Orcombe Point and Sandy Bay – at around 4.45pm today (Tuesday, August 10).
The town’s offshore lifeboat was launched minutes later – but the search was called of at around 5.10pm when the child was found by an RNLI beach lifeguard.
He was reunited with his relived mum and was uninjured.
Myself and my crew were pleased this incident concluded safely – Exmouth RNLI helm Guy Munnings
Exmouth RNLI helm Guy Munnings said: “We received a report of a missing child who was last seen swimming in the sea off Sandy Bay and were tasked to commence an immediate search of that area.
“Fortunately he was found safe and well by one of our lifeguard colleagues who was on duty at Sandy Bay beach.
“Children should be supervised at all times and people of all ages should avoid swimming alone.
“We want people to enjoy the coast but urge everyone to respect the water, think about their own safety and know what to do in an emergency.
“Myself and my crew were pleased this incident concluded safely.”
RNLI safety advice for families taking their children to the coast can be found here.