Exmouth RNLI rescue man in the water attempting to board powerboat in River Exe

PUBLISHED: 09:48 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:50 26 June 2017

Lifeboat volunteers helped rescue a man who entered the water. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

Lifeboat volunteers helped rescue a man who entered the water. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

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A man was rescued by Exmouth lifeboat volunteers after entering the water while attempting to board a powerboat from a jetski.

Exmouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat George Bearman II was launched at around 6.45pm on Saturday (June 24) following a call from the coastguard.

A passing water taxi had alerted the coastguard after he couldn’t recover the casualty himself.

An RNLI spokesman said the man had entered the River Exe while boarding his 20-foot powerboat from a jetski.

The spokesman added: “He was unable to get himself out of the water as the boarding ladder was inadequate.

“Our volunteers were on scene in the River Exe within 10 minutes, where the casualty had already drifted half a kilometre in a fast flowing spring tide.”

The man was recovered to his speedboat and the inshore lifeboat returned to station.

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