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RNLI called to help woman in difficulty in sea off Exmouth in first shout of 2020 for the charity

The Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat was called out to help a woman in difficulty in the sea early on New Year's Day. Credit: Exmouth RNLI

In what was the first shout in 2020 for the whole of the UK and Ireland, lifeboat crews were called to rescue a woman in difficulty in the sea off Exmouth seafront.

Just after 1am on Wednesday 1st January 2020, Exmouth’s Inshore Lifeboat George Bearman II was alerted by HM Coastguard to respond to the emergency between the Octagon and Exmouth Rowing Club. The boat was launched and rapidly made its way to the scene where the crew began a search of the area.

Their search was called off shortly afterwards after it was confirmed that the female had made her own way to the beach and safety.

Police, ambulance and members of HM Coastguard also attended the scene and the young woman was given medical checks. It is not thought that she sustained any injuries.

Lifeboat helm Henry Mock says she was very lucky to have got back safely.

This individual had entered the sea on a very cold night and at a time when there was a strong tidal current running. She was very lucky to have made her way back to shore in that strong sea state and we would urge anyone not to venture into the sea in such conditions.

– Henry Mock, Helm, Exmouth RNLI