Paddleboarder rescued after getting into difficulty off Goodrington

(Last Updated On: October 18, 2021)

A paddleboarder was rescued today, Friday, 15th October after getting into difficulty off Goodrington.

RNLI Torbay, Torbay Coastguard and an ambulance attended the incident just before 1pm.

The paddleboarder was assisted by a passing jet skier after they fell into the water and was unable to get back on the board.

RNLI Torbay said: “Our inshore lifeboat launched at 12:57pm this afternoon to assist a paddleboarder off Goodrington Beach who had called the coastguard to ask for help. The male had fallen into the water ½ mile from the beach and had been unable to get back onto his board. A passing jet skier had already helped him some way to shore when our volunteer crew arrived at 1:07pm, and we took him on to the beach where the Torbay coastguard unit and ambulance were waiting to check all was well after swallowing a fair amount of sea water.”

Darryll Farley, Helm of our inshore lifeboat said “The paddleboarder had sensibly taken a mobile phone in a waterproof case. He was wearing a personal flotation device and was attached to his board by a leash; this made it easier for him to stay afloat more safely whilst waiting for assistance to arrive.”

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