Paddleboarders in difficulty at Torcross.

Launch No: 434
Craft: Staines Whitfield. B-795
Sunday, 28 June 2020
Location: Torcross. Start Bay.
RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 on her way to Torcross.
Photo: David Bown
RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 on her way to Torcross.

Four South Devon youths brought an inflatable paddleboard to the beach at Torcross. The wind was stronger off shore and one of them was soon in difficulty. His friend, in a wetsuit, swam out to help him and they were spotted by the Coastguard volunteers on patrol from Prawle Point who raised the alarm. The RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 lifeboat was refuelling after their last paddleboard rescue when they were radioed. They travelled upwind as quickly as possible and reached the two youths who were still some 40 yards off shore. They were confident in their ability to get the board ashore and the lifeboat shadowed them until they were safely ashore. 


Request Received 2:15pm
Time at incident 6 minutes
Time to recovery 55 minutes
Back on Service 3:10pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 14-21 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Mark Conroy
Aaron Spicer

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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