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Exmouth RNLI respond to paddleboarder in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Exmouth RNLI volunteers went to the aid of a paddleboarder reportedly in difficulty off Budleigh Salterton this afternoon.

RNLI/John Thorogood

Exmouth inshore lifeboat in action.

At 2.56pm today Saturday 7th October 2023, the volunteer crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II were tasked to attend a report of a paddleboarder in trouble about 500 metres due south of Budleigh Salterton beach off the Old Lime Kiln. The paddleboarder was not wearing a lifejacket.

The charity’s lifeboat, commanded by Helm, Guy Munnings, with crew Jason Luff and James Searle was already launched and immediately sped towards the reported location of the casualty, arriving in the area at 3.19pm. Beer Coastguard Rescue Team also assisted with the tasking.

Shortly after their arrival H.M. Coastguard stood down the volunteer RNLI crew after it was established that the paddleboarder had self-recovered to the beach at Budleigh Salterton and was seen by the Coastguard Team. The lifeboat crew returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station where they were back on service shortly afterwards.

Other RNLI volunteers involved in the rescue were Tractor Driver, Robert Thompson with shore crew Ed Steele, Charles Swales, Matt Bragg, Tim Barnes, Tim Thorn and Stev Hockings-Thompson. The launch request was authorised by Exmouth RNLI Deputy Launch Authority, Mike Gall.

A handy RNLI safety guide for windsurfers, bodyboarders, kayakers and other water users can be downloaded from here :

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