Missing woman sparks Exmouth rescue mission

PUBLISHED: 17:04 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010

A WOMAN who walked into the sea off Exmouth beach telling a passer-by she had nothing to live for sparked a major rescue mission over the weekend.

A WOMAN who walked into the sea off Exmouth beach telling a passer-by she had nothing to live for sparked a major rescue mission over the weekend.

The emergency services were alerted to the 46-year-old woman's plight in the early hours of Saturday morning when a man raised the alarm after speaking to the woman shortly before she waded into the water.

It was thought the woman ignored the passer-by's warning to come out of the water, saying she had 'no reason' to return to dry land.

An extensive search took place as the police helicopter, the RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats and Exmouth coastguard team scoured the beach and sea for the missing woman.

A local pleasure boat returning to Exmouth joined the search of the Exe and discovered the woman in the water towards Dawlish Warren.

She was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital suffering from mild hypothermia after spending 30 minutes in the water.

A police spokesperson said: "We would like to thank all those involved in the incident, particularly the family who found the woman.

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