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Coastguard team and Ilfracombe lifeboat scrambled to help surfer in difficulty at Lynmouth

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: January 04, 2014

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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.

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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.

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  • G_Surfmats  |  January 07 2014, 6:58AM

    So should mountaineers not climb mountains then? I'm sure the surfer in question is a tax payer so has a right to access services. Would you bill runners, rugby players, etc who pick up injuries too? If you read the article, the surfer rescued himself and would have been unaware that rescue services had been called. The rule if stuck in a rip is to go with it and then swim across it. That will look like being swept out to sea to someone having a walk. The internet is full of armchair experts.

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  • unhappysteveo  |  January 04 2014, 11:48AM

    what a numnuts going out in it at all!

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  • Lyntonian  |  January 04 2014, 10:22AM

    People that ignore warnings to keep away from the sea at this time should be billed for the cost.Do they realise how many lives they put at risk trying to rescue them.

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