Man with leg injury is taken to hospital after rescue from water off Exmouth

A man with leg injuries was rescued from the River Exe by the Exmouth inshore lifeboat crew on Saturday morning (November 20).

The volunteer crew had been on exercise on the river when the lifeboat was tasked to the Duck Pond, off Exmouth – an area of water popular with paddle and kiteboarders –  at around 10.25am.

The casualty was taken to hospital by land ambulance. His injuries were not thought to be serious, Exmouth RNLI said.

The lifeboat crew, on a training exercise nearby, diverted to the river to help the Coastguard and Devon Air Ambulance rescue the man.

The volunteers helped the emergency services with getting the casualty to the Imperial recreation ground, and waiting ambulance.

Charles Swales, RNLI helm, said ‘This was a multi-agency response to a man who had injured his leg on the River Exe and required emergency assistance.

“We were already launched on a training exercise at the time of the call and were able to reach the scene very quickly to help and bring this incident to a successful conclusion.”

An RNLI spokesman said conditions in the river at the time of the rescue were described as ‘calm’.

He said the casualty was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

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