First-time paddleboarder pair in difficulty rescued after off-duty RNLI coxswain alerts Exmouth lifeboat

An off-duty RNLI coxswain alerted the lifeboat after he spotted two first-time paddleboarders in difficulty off Exmouth on Sunday evening (July 3).

Exmouth RNLI coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson alerted the all-weather lifeboat crew to the two women in their 20s at around 6pm.

They had been unable to make any progress in the water while paddleboarding on the River Exe.

The lifeboat crew rescued the women and took them back to the town’s marina.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Two paddleboarders were seen in difficulty on the River Exe by the off duty Exmouth RNLI Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson.

“He notified the crew of all-weather lifeboat of the incident and two RNLI lifesavers, Harry Griffin and Ed Thomas, took to the boarding boat to give assistance.”

He added: “Two females, both in their early 20s, were on their first experience of paddleboarding between buoys 11 and 13 on the river and were unable to make progress. Neither were equipped with buoyancy aids.

“The crew assessed the situation, took both casualties on board and to the safety of Exmouth Marina.

“Neither were injured or required medical treatment.”

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