They got cut off by the tide last night.
Exmouth lifeboat launched at 7.11pm last night (Monday 25th February) after a call to the Coastguard from two ladies stranded on a sandbank in the river Exe, with an incoming tide.
Crews searched near Exmouth railway station with heat-seeking equipment, with the women shining light from their mobile phones.
They were found about 300m offshore, north east of the Exe Sailing Club. They were safely in the lifeboat at 7.35pm and were taken ashore.
Helm, Scott Ranft commented:
‘The tide was coming in quickly and in the dark you can easily become disorientated. In this case, the location was unsure. The ladies could have made it ashore, but only if they had waded through the water at chest height, but they did the right thing to call 999 for help. Please take means of communication and consult tide times when you go walking along the shore.’