Exmouth RNLI search for missing Kitesurfer

Lifeboats News Release

Exmouth RNLI were tasked last evening to search for a missing kitesurfer off Exmouth seafront.

Exmouth RNLI

At 5.20pm Thursday 12 January 2023, both Exmouth RNLI lifeboats, the all weather Shannon lifeboat 13-12 Cosandra and the inshore lifeboat, D-805 George Bearman II were tasked by H.M. Coastguard to attend a report of a missing kitesurfer off Exmouth seafront.

The launch was authorised by RNLI Deputy Launch Authority, Rob Vince, at 5.22pm.

A lengthy and detailed search was commenced of the area by the volunteer crew of both vessels but they were stood down at 7.40pm when the kitesurfer called the Coastguard to confirm they were safe and well after hearing a rescue search was in progress.

The volunteer crew were :

All Weather Lifeboat

Steve Hockings-Thompson

Geoff Mills

Ed Steele

Roy Stott

James Edge

Dougie Wright

Inshore Lifeboat

Mark Champion

Guy Munnings

Henry Mock

Other Exmouth RNLI crew involved were :

Tractor Driver : Karl Halford

Shore Crew : Ashley Palmer-Robinson and Debra Quinn

RNLI safety advice for Kitesurfers can be found here : https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/kitesurfing

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