PHOTOGRAPH : ILB_2_Cut : Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat speeds to the scene Credit : John Thorogood / Exmouth RNLI
Both Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboats were assigned this afternoon following a report that two kayakers had capsized at the River Exe estuary and were being swept out to sea.
At 11.46hrs today, Saturday 19 September 2020, H.M. Coastguard tasked our Inshore Lifeboat D-755 Peggy-D to a report of concern for two kayakers who had capsized following a collision with a buoy in the River Exe Estuary.
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 difficulties.
The two lifeboats were manned by the lifesaving charity’s volunteer crew – the All Weather Lifeboat by Roger Jackson, Paul Balbi, Mark Sansom, Charles Swales and Chris Sims and the Inshore boat crewed 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, Exmouth. 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 extreme cold. Having fully assessed the casualties, the crew called an ambulance to the scene to administer further medical aid.
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.”
Relevant RNLI Safety advice for kayaking and canoeing can be found at : https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/kayaking-and-canoeing