Concern for ‘exhausted’ paddleboarder prompts callout for Exmouth RNLI

Reports of an ‘exhausted’ paddleboarder drifting out to sea off Orcombe Point prompted a callout for Exmouth RNLI.

The town’s inshore lifeboat was launched at around 2.20pm on Friday, March 4, and carried out a search of the area.

Volunteers has been told the stricken man was drifting in an easterly direction and has been spotted some 50 yards off Sandy Bay.

Further information was received from the paddleboarder, who had his mobile phone with him, that he had made his own way ashore…

A spokesperson for the charity said: “At 2.35pm, further information was received from the paddleboarder, who had his mobile phone with him, that he had made his own way ashore on Sandy Bay and required no further assistance.

“On completion of the assignment the lifeboat returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station and was back on service by 3pm.”

Members Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team also helped during the incident.

RNLI safety advice to paddleboarders is :

  • Always go with a friend;
  • Tell someone where you are going and expected to return;
  • Take your phone in a waterproof pouch;
  • Check the weather forecast and avoid offshore winds.

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