Young duo cut off by tide in Exmouth are rescued by RNLI during double emergency call-out

‘Wet and cold’ young men cut off by the tide near Orcombe Point were rescued by Exmouth RNLI during a double emergency call-out for the charity.

The stricken duo – with deflated paddleboards – were checked over by paramedics after being brought to safety.

Volunteer crew from the lifesaving charity were called out again a short time later after an abandoned inflatable kayak was found off Dawlish Warren.

The Exmouth inshore lifeboat was launched at around 8.30pm on Thursday, July 14, after HM Coastguard reported ‘two young males’ were stranded near Orcombe Point.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesperson said: “The volunteer crew, Harry Griffin, Nick Wright and James Edge, were already on the water at a PR event nearby and were quickly on the scene.

“It was established that the two young men, both with deflated paddleboards, had become cut off by the tide at that location.

“They were wet and cold and the volunteer lifesavers took them on board the lifeboat and to the safety of [the]shore where they were seen by an ambulance crew.”

The spokesperson added: “A short time later, the same crew on the inshore lifeboat, together with the Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat, were tasked to a search following the discovery of an abandoned inflatable kayak with no paddle about 400 metres off Dawlish Warren.

“The all-weather lifeboat crew, commanded by coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson, lifeboat Mechanic Roy Stott and crew Mark Champion, Ed Steele, Robert Thompson and Andrew Stott, assessed the situation and, together with the inshore lifeboat commenced a lengthy, detailed search of the area off Dawlish Warren.

“After a thorough search of the locality, satisfied that the area had been extensively covered, both lifeboat crews stood down at 11.27pm that day, with both lifeboats back on service shortly afterwards.”

RNLI safety advice on tides can be found here.

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