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Two rescued rowing in Exe

No lifejackets; one can't swim

What a way to spend a windy Saturday evening; out in a boat on the Exe estuary, rowing against a changing tide.

Almost inevitably, it led to two lifeboats, paramedics and there are some unconfirmed reports of a helicopter, coming to the rescue.

Exmouth RNLI's inshore lifeboat and all-weather lifeboat headed out just after 9.40pm when the rowing boat was reported to be in difficulty The inshore lifeboat searched a large length of the river whilst the crew of the larger all weather boat maintained vigilance at the river estuary.    

They found two men in a boat struggling to combat the changing tide. Both were very wet and neither had lifejackets. The two, one of which was a non-swimmer, were taken back to land where they an ambulance crew checked them over. Both were cold and wet but it's not thought either are injured.

It took volunteer crews about two hours. Exmouth RNLI helm Henry Mock said “It’s very important for water users to be aware of changing tides as they can present hazardous conditions. Our safety message is to advise everyone taking to the water to ensure they have proper safety equipment and, in particular, lifejackets. I am pleased that we were able to assist these gentlemen and the incident had a successful outcome.”

As the charity that saves lives at sea, the RNLI are always happy to give water safety advice that can be found on the RNLI website.

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