Teenager on paddleboard rescued after being swept out to sea

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(Last Updated On: May 4, 2021)

A teenager was rescued by the Coastguard helicopter today, Tuesday 4 May after being swept out to sea on his paddleboard due to a strong offshore wind.

Emergency services were alerted just after 4pm today.

Torbay Coastguard, Berry Head Coastguard, the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter and ambulance crews attended the incident.

The teenager held on to a 5 knot marker and was in the sea for approximately 20 minutes before being winched to safety by the Coastguard helicopter, which then landed on Preston beach. The casualty was then transferred to an ambulance to be taken to hospital.

Torbay Coastguard posting about the incident on Facebook reminding the public: “If you are planning on entering the water, please ensure you check the weather, tide times and wind conditions beforehand.

“If you are planning of wild swimming, please leave a note with your belongings to prevent a potential search and consider using a swimming buoy.”

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