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Kayaker rescued from rough sea by Ilfracombe RNLI volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

The Ilfracombe inshore lifeboat, the Deborah Brown II, was called to launch at 3.51pm on Saturday 19 August to aid a kayaker who was in the water at Hele Bay, near Ilfracombe.

The sea conditions were exceptionally rough and the casualty had been in the water for almost 30 minutes.

The inshore lifeboat crew were quickly on scene, with the all-weather lifeboat remaining on standby as the conditions were such that the inshore lifeboat may have needed assistance.

The volunteer crew were able to pick up the kayaker, a man in his 30s, and also his kayak.

On their return journey to Ilfracombe they encountered 2-3m waves, with a rough sea and a large swell.

There was no doubt in the casualty's mind that his life jacket had saved his life.

Inshore lifeboat Helm Stuart Carpenter said: 'It was good to see that he had all the appropriate safety equipment. You should always check the weather conditions and if you are at all unsure please check with your local harbourmaster.'

The casualty was brought to the boat house to dry off and given appropriate medical advice.

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