Thursday, October 17, 2013
Police have confirmed a 20-year-old kayaker from the Exmouth area has died after capsizing off Budleigh Salterton beach last night (Wednesday).
A police spokesman said the man was taken from the water by Coastguard and taken to Dorchester Hospital where he was later declared deceased.
His family have been made aware.
Search and rescue crews, including the Portland Coastguard helicopter, were scrambled to the incident at around 7.15pm.
They performed CPR on the casualty after he was found, and he was subsequently winched aboard the aircraft and flown to hospital.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.
Paul Howell from Exmouth Coastguard said: “Four teams of coastguard officers were deployed to complete a thorough shoreline search east to west and west to east continuously along Budleigh Salterton seafront.
“After approximately an hour and a half of intensive searching by all search and rescue units, the casualty was eventually located in the rough rolling surf directly off Budleigh seafront and brought ashore to the beach assisted by coastguard officers.
“The coastguard helicopter landed on Budleigh beach and the dual role winchman/paramedic came and assisted Exmouth coastguards with the extended CPR and medical intervention.
“Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team are fortunate enough to have an extensive medical team with paramedics and nurses who volunteer for us and were on scene within seconds.
“The casualty was given the very best care and assistance before being transferred to Dorchester Hospital by coastguard helicopter.
“Our condolences and thoughts are with the family and friends of the casualty at this very distressing time.”