‘Struggling’ paddleboarder caught in strong current off Exmouth sparks lifeboat launch

A ‘struggling’ paddleboarder reported to be in difficulty off Exmouth on Tuesday evening (September 7) sparked the launch of the inshore lifeboat.

The RNLI crew launched shortly before 7pm to the River Exe estuary after the paddleboarder was seen ‘out of control and caught’ in a strong current.

The lifeboat stood down after the paddleboarder was seen being returned to shore by a passing vessel.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “Coastguard tasked the Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat following a report by a member of public at 6.38pm of a paddleboarder apparently in difficulty, struggling, out of control and caught in a strong current by the River Exe estuary.”

The spokesman added: “The lifesavers made their way to the last known position of the casualty on the northern side of Dawlish Warren in amongst moorings on the River Exe where they commenced a systematic search of the area.

“Further information was received by a member of the public at 7.31pm that the paddleboarder was seen being picked up by a vessel and taken to shore near Mamhead Slipway and at 7.47pm HM Coastguard stood down the lifeboat from the tasking.”

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