'Distressed' woman rescued from Exmouth beach

PUBLISHED: 14:39 09 May 2012


A woman cut off by the tide on Exmouth beach was brought to safety by the RNLI crew.

Exmouth RNLI rescued a distressed woman during a routine exercise on Wednesday evening.

The crew was tasked by Portland Coastguards at 6.40pm to help a woman cut off by the tide at Orcombe Point.

The RNLI said the fortnightly crew training exercise was happening at this time with the all-weather lifeboat Margaret Jean in close proximity, with six crew members aboard.

The inshore lifeboat George Bearman was launched immediately during light wind and bumpy surf conditions.

An RNLI spokeswoman said: “The three man crew in the inshore lifeboat reached the woman to bring her to safety as there was a risk of her body temperature dropping further.

“The volunteers brought the woman in her 50s from Exeter and her escort, back to the lifeboat station where an ambulance was waiting.”

Lifeboat operations manager, Kevin Riley said of David Preece, helmsman of the inshore lifeboat: “He did a cracking job going in and out of the hazardous rocks at Orcombe Point and helping them back to safety.”

Police, paramedics and Exmouth coastguard were also at the scene.

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