A kite surfer was injured after being swept out of the water and thrown onto Northam Burrows yesterday afternoon.
The man, who was kite surfing at Saunton Sands, complained of being unable to move after colliding with the burrows at around 4.30pm.
A Royal Navy search and rescue Sea King helicopter was scrambled to the scene from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, as well as the Westward Ho! Coastguard and Rescue Team and ambulance crews.
However, once paramedics arrived at the scene they assessed the man and decided the helicopter was no longer needed so it was stood down.
The man, who was suffering from neck injuries, was placed on a spinal board and taken to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple by ambulance.
A Swansea Coastguard spokesman said severe gales, reaching grade nine on the Beaufort wind scale, hit the region yesterday.
Watch Manager Steve Matthews said: “The autumn weather seems to have hit us early this year and with winds gusting up to severe gale force 9 in our area today, we would like to urge members of the public to check conditions before they set out and not to take risks.”
Coastguard teams at Lynmouth were also called into action yesterday afternoon after nine walkers become disorientated on a coastal path. Due to the poor weather conditions they contacted the emergency services and had to be escorted to safety.