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Exmouth RNLI assist with injured windsurfer

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Exmouth RNLI's inshore lifeboat discovered an injured windsurfer during an exercise this afternoon (Saturday 7 November) off Exmouth Beach.

RNLI/John Thorogood

Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat in action

At about 2pm whilst engaged in an exercise, the volunteer lifesaving crew came across a windsurfer who appeared to be struggling against the tide.

The lifeboat was manned by Helm, Harry Griffin and crew Mark Cockman and new crew volunteer Dougie Wright, in what was his first lifesaving assignment.

The lifeboat had been launched a short time earlier by shore crew Robert Thompson and John Dinsdale on a pre-planned exercise when the lifesavers spotted the individual in difficulty in the sea some distance off Exmouth Lifeboat Station.

Due to the circumstances and location, the crew were on the scene immediately where they discovered the individual had dislocated his shoulder. They took the casualty on board, administered first aid and transported him to the safety of shore.

Once on land the casualty was able to put his shoulder back in place without further medical or other aid, at which point the lifeboat resumed its exercise.


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