Callout 11.01.21 | 18:01

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked following reports of a kayaker who had come ashore near Budleigh and was in a disorientated state.

The lifeboat launched and proceeded to the mouth of the River Otter, where the person in question had been located with a dinghy by Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team on the other side of the river. The casualty was cut off by the tide and showing signs of hypothermia.

Lifeboat crew swam across the river, which was running hard, to reach the casualty’s position and brought him back across, where he was then handed to Exmouth Coastguard and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. Sidmouth Lifeboat was then stood down.

Many thanks to all involved.

Helm: Tony Martin

Boat Crew: Guy Bennett, Kyle Baker, Dave Pearce

Tractor: Ian Fletcher

Although the boathouse is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sidmouth Lifeboat’s volunteer crew is still on call 24/7. If you’d like to donate to Sidmouth Lifeboat, please head here.

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