Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat rescues kitesurfer in distress

PHOTOGRAPH : ILB 24 12 20 : Exmouth All Weather Lifeboat. Credit : Exmouth RNLI

The volunteer crew of Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was today requested to assist a kitesurfer in difficulty off Dawlish Warren.

At 14:24 hrs today, Thursday 24 December 2020, Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, D-755 Peggy-D, was tasked by H.M. Coastguard following a report by Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution volunteers that a lifesurfer appeared in distress in the sea off Dawlish Warren.

The lifeboat, crewed by Helm, Scott Ranft and crew, David Preece and Roy Stott, launched at 14:38hrs and made it’s way to the scene of the incident.

At 14:43hrs the volunteer RNLI crew made contact with the casualty who was taken on board the lifeboat and conveyed to the safety of shore at Exmouth. He was uninjured and did not require medical attention.

On completion of the assignment the inshore lifeboat was stood down and returned to station where it was back on service at 14:52hrs.

The RNLI’s advice and tips on kitesurfing can be found here:

https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/kitesurfing

Exmouth RNLI would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a safe and healthy 2021.