A teenage kitesurfer heard calling for help in the water off Exmouth beach on Sunday afternoon (October 24) prompted a lifeboat launch.
The town’s inshore lifeboat crew, on exercise off the seafront, rescued the 16-year-old girl shortly after 2pm, pulling her from the water and taking her safely to shore.
An RNLI spokesman said: “The volunteer crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat were engaged in a training exercise off Exmouth seafront when they came across a 16-year-old female kitesurfer struggling in the water by number seven buoy and calling for help.”
The spokesman added: “They conveyed her to the safety of the beach at 2.17pm together with her equipment and reported that she was properly equipped with all appropriate safety gear.
“Having ensured the casualty was uninjured and did not require any medical assistance, the crew resumed their training exercise.”