Exmouth RNLI launched on Friday night (September 29) after reports of a person in trouble in the sea off Dawlish.

 At around 6pm, Exmouth's inshore lifeboat joined a multi-agency search for a swimmer in difficulty in the sea about 500 metres east of Langstone Rock, Dawlish. 

Coastguard Rescue Teams and an H.M. Coastguard Rescue Helicopter were also tasked to attend the incident.

The lifeboat, commanded by Helm, Guy Munnings, with crew David Preece and Geoff Mills, headed towards the last reported position of the casualty, who had been discovered by a vessel in the area.

The casualty was located, placed on board the lifeboat and given emergency first aid. The swimmer was then winched aboard the H.M. Coastguard Rescue helicopter, Rescue 187, and flown to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

The condition of the casualty is not known at this time.

Exmouth RNLI were called out again at 2pm on Saturday, (September 30), the inshore lifeboat helped a female kitesurfer being swept out to sea off Queens Drive. They headed towards the wing foiler and assisted her to the safety of shore.

They were then re-tasked to help two male windsurfers on the River Exe, one of whom had sustained an injury to his foot and needed help and the other with a deflated board. They had managed to board a boat on a mooring before calling for help.

They located both casualties on the River Exe, just north of the River Exe café at about 2.30pm. The pair were taken aboard the RNLI vessel and taken to the safety of shore at Exmouth Marina. No further medical assistance was required.

Satisfied that both men were safe at that location, the RNLI crew returned to Exmouth RNLI lifeboat station arriving there at 2.55 pm. The lifeboat was back on station and made ready for service a short time later.