Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew assist capsized kayaker
A kayaker was assisted by Teignmouth lifeboat crew after she capsized in the River Teign and was returned safely to shore.
The launch request was received at 10.06am and the volunteer crew were promptly on scene. The kayaker had launched from Shaldon, across the river from Teignmouth with the intention of crossing the channel. However, the kayaker got into difficulty as the tide was taking her out to sea and caused her to capsize. The lifeboat crew located the kayaker and returned her safely to shore.
The crew returned to station and the lifeboat was ready for service by 10.55am.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.