Sea angler trapped by tide is rescued by Exmouth RNLI

EXMOUTH RNLI inshore volunteer lifeboat crew was called out early on Friday morning after a sea angler and his dog were cut off by the tide.

EXMOUTH RNLI inshore volunteer lifeboat crew was called out early on Friday morning after a sea angler and his dog were cut off by the tide.

The man, in his early 40s, was shore fishing with his dog on a sandbank in the Exe estuary, near the docks, when at 4.35am he was trapped by the rising water.

The flood tide came in rapidly and before long the man found he was afloat in the water so he climbed into a moored boat with his dog then contacted the coastguards.

The man and his dog were taken back to shore by RNLI volunteer crew members Ian Taylor, Carey Wreford and Roy Stott.

Kevin Riley, RNLI operations manager said it was important people knew the tide times and also planned an escape route should they need one.

Mr Riley said: "When the tide comes in there is about four metres of water flowing very fast through the narrow neck of the estuary and this curves the sandbars out, changing the shape of the sandbar on a regular basis.

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"It was a good move that the man found a safe source like a moored boat and then called for assistance.