A surfer who became detached from his board in Lynmouth this morning managed to get himself back to shore just as the lifeboat launched to his rescue.
Lynmouth’s coastguard rescue team spotted the surfer in the water just before 9am this morning while they were carrying out high tide patrols in the area.
They saw he had become detached from his surfboard and reported he was being swept out to sea off Blacklands Wood.
They raised the alarm with Swansea Coastguard who scrambled the all-weather lifeboat from Ilfracombe and a search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor.
However, just as the lifeboat and helicopter were about to launch, the surfer managed to get himself back to shore and so the rescue teams were stood down.
Lynmouth’s coastguard rescue team checked the surfer over but confirmed he had no injuries.