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Exmouth RNLI assigned to rescue capsized kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

Both Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboats were assigned following a report that two kayakers had capsized at the River Exe estuary and were being swept out to sea.

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Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat speeds to the scene

At 11.46am on Saturday 19 September 2020, HM Coastguard tasked our inshore lifeboat D-755 Peggy-D to a report of concern for two kayakers following a collision with a buoy.

Shortly afterwards the Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat, 13-33 Bridie O’Shea was also alerted following information that a jet skier seen assisting the casualties had also got into difficulty.

The all-weather lifeboat was crewed by Roger Jackson, Paul Balbi, Mark Sansom, Charles Swales and Chris Sims and the inshore boat by Scott Ranft, Harry Griffin and Sarah Beresford.

Launch crew were Ed Steele, John Dinsdale, Neil Cannon and Mark Champion.

The inshore lifeboat was launched a few moments later and was quickly on the scene where it was established that both casualties has been assisted to shore by the jet skier at Mamhead Slipway..

The all-weather lifeboat was stood down before launch once it was confirmed that the jet skier was safe and well.

Both kayakers, who were wearing proper buoyancy aids, were then given first aid by the RNLI crew including the administration of oxygen to one of the casualties who was also suffering from the extreme cold.

Having fully assessed the casualties, the crew called an ambulance to the scene.

Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat helm Scott Ranft said: 'It was very fortunate that both casualties were wearing proper buoyancy aids that undoubtedly helped prevent a more serious situation.

'Water users should take extra care especially over the next few days as there are some unusually high spring tides and the water can be deceptively cold.

'We were able to reach the casualties quickly and administer immediate first aid. I was pleased we were able to help and that there was a positive outcome to this assignment.'

Both lifeboats were back on station ready for service shortly afterwards.

RNLI Safety advice for kayaking and canoeing can be found at:

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