Man stranded on sandbank near Exmouth is rescued by RNLI inshore lifeboat crew

A man stranded on a sandbank in the River Exe on Monday night (May 9) was rescued by Exmouth RNLI.

The inshore lifeboat launched at around 8.45pm after scores of 999 calls were made to the Coastguard, in a bid to raise the alarm.

The uninjured man was taken back to shore, where he was met by the Coastguard team from Dawlish.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “The casualty was helped on board the lifeboat and taken to the safety of shore where he was seen by the Coastguard Rescue Team.

“He was uninjured and did not require medical attention.

“The lifeboat returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station at 9.20pm and was back ready for service at 9.30pm.”

The spokesman added: “Following multiple 999 calls, at 8.44pm the crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked by HM Coastguard to attend reports of a man stranded on a sandbank on the River Exe.

“The volunteer lifesavers, led by inshore lifeboat helm, Henry Mock and crew James Searle and Sarah Pennicard, launched at 8.55pm, quickly sped to the scene and rapidly located the casualty.

“They were assisted by an HM Coastguard Rescue Team from Dawlish.”

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