Exmouth RNLI called to report two stranded on the beach

The Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew were launched this afternoon to rescue two people allegedly stranded by the tide off Budleigh Salterton between Otter Point and Brandy Head.

At 4:43 p.m. today Wednesday August 11, 2021 the crew of Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
D-805 George Bearman II were commissioned by HM Coastguard to conduct a shoreline search along the Budleigh Salterton coast east of Otter Point in search of a tidal pair in this area.

The charity’s lifeboat was launched at 4:54 p.m., with a crew of Helm, Guy Munnings and volunteer crew Sarah Pennicard and James Searle marching to the scene to begin the search. They were aided in the operation by the Exmouth Coast Guard Rescue Team.

At 5.35 p.m., the two wounded were located on the beach in this area and, despite difficult sea conditions, managed to disembark the lifeboat and embark the individuals. Both were taken to safety in Ladram Bay, where they were placed in the care of the HM Coast Guard team. Neither was injured or required medical attention.

Rescuers returned to the Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station at 6:40 p.m. and the inshore lifeboat was back ready for service shortly thereafter.

Helm volunteer Guy Munnings said: “The sea conditions during this mission were dangerous and we located the two victims in a creek where maneuvering was difficult. The couple had gone for a walk along the beach as the tide was low and it returned, effectively trapping them. It was extremely difficult to disembark the lifeboat and safely retrieve the stranded pair, but our training started and we were able to save them and get them to safety quickly.

Tide times and heights vary and can be unpredictable. Being cut off by the tide contributes to a significant number of RNLI rescues each year – official RNLI safety advice regarding tides and tidal cutting can be found here:


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