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Exmouth RNLI respond to windsurfers in trouble

Exmouth RNLI respond to windsurfers in trouble

Exmouth RNLI volunteers went to the aid of three windsurfers in difficulty on the River Exe earlier today.              

At 11.57am Wednesday 18th October 2023, H.M. Coastguard requested the launch of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II following a report of three windsurfers struggling against the tide close to the River Exe Estuary.

Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat in action Credit : John Thorogood / RNLI

In windy conditions and choppy seas, the charity’s lifeboat crew launched at 12:03pm and immediately sped to the scene, reaching the windsurfers at 12.11pm. All three casualties had tied to a mooring, unable to get back to the beach. They were taken on board the lifeboat to the safety of shore at Belshers Slipway. None of them were injured or required medical treatment.

The volunteer crew then returned to the scene where they recovered the windsurfers equipment to avoid it becoming a hazard to other water users.

Having successfully completed the tasking, the lifeboat crew were stood down by H.M. Coastguard at 12.27pm at which time they returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station. Once back on station, the lifeboat was then made ready for service a short time later.

Specific RNLI advice for kitesurfers can be found here :

Author: John Thorogood

John is the Exmouth Lifeboat Press Officer & Fundraising Press Officer, covering operations, fundraising and events to help save lives at sea.