Thursday, October 17, 2013
Major search and rescue operation launched last night - crews performed CPR on causalty
A KAYAKER was airlifted to hospital after capsizing off Budleigh Salterton beach last night (Wednesday).
Search and rescue crews, including the Portland Coastguard helicopter, were scrambled at around 7.15pm.
They performed CPR on the casualty after he was found and subsequently winched aboard the aircraft and flown to hospital in Dorchester.
Exmouth’s coastguard and RNLI lifeboat crews, who were out on a training exercise, were scrambled to search for the missing man.
Sidmouth Lifeboat was also tasked to the scene to support them at around 8.50pm.
Mark Roden, from the independent service, said the kayaker had capsized, was making his way back to shore but did not make it through the surf.
Sidmouth Lifeboat assisted in a search with coastguard rescue helicopter and both Exmouth lifeboats.
Airborne coastguard found the casualty near Otterton Ledge at 9.08pm carried out CPR.
He was then winched aboard for transfer to Dorchester Accident and Emergency Unit.
More to follow.