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Capsized Exmouth kayakers saved

Exmouth's inshore lifeboat (courtesy: RNLI)

Jet skier and RNLI to the rescue

A collision with a buoy in the estuary of the River Exe on Saturday led to two kayakers getting into difficulties and being swept out to sea.

As Exmouth's all-weather lifeboat headed to the incident just before noon, the RNLI volunteer crew were told that a jet skier who was helping the kayakers was also in trouble. That led to the town's inshore lifeboat also being called to the scene.

It was established that two 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.     

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.”  

RNLI Safety advice for kayaking and canoeing can be found at: https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/kayaking-and-canoeing

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