Men taken to hospital after dinghy capsized at Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:32 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 08 January 2018

Exmouth RNLI's inshore lifeboat launching during rough seas last year. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI's inshore lifeboat launching during rough seas last year. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

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Exmouth’s RNLI volunteers rescued two men in the water off Exmouth on Sunday (January 7) after their dinghy capsized.

Two men were taken to hospital after their dinghy capsized in the sea off Exmouth on Sunday (January 7).

After a member of the public called the UK Coastguard, Exmouth’s inshore lifeboat George Bearman II was launched at around 12.40pm.

Concerns had been raised about two people in the water off Belshers slipway.

The two men were calling for help after their dinghy capsized. It is believed they hit a wave in gale-force conditions and the boat started to fill with water.

RNLI volunteers were on the scene within nine minutes and found the casualties clinging to a moored boat. It is estimated they were in the cold water, without lifejackets, for 15 minutes.

Both men were taken to Exmouth Marina where the coastguard rescue team and an ambulance were waiting. The men were taken to hospital for observation.

Helm Ian Taylor added: “The casualties were given warm showers and administered oxygen as both men were suffering from hypothermia and sea water ingestion.

“One seemed to recover straight away but the other was in a worse condition, so they were both taken to hospital by an ambulance for observation.”

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