Lifeboat rescues surfers at Woolacombe
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Four taken to hospital after getting caught in rip.
TWO surfers have been rescued by Appledore lifeboat after getting caught in a rip current off Woolacombe beach.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched the inshore lifeboat after reports of four surfers in difficulties at the north end of the beach, shortly after 3pm today (Friday).
Two managed to get themselves back to shore, while the remaining two were taken on board the lifeboat.
The Helmsman decided to beach the lifeboat due to concerns about the condition of one of the surfers.
Wendy Dale, RNLI Lifeboat operations manager, said: “There are times when the crew need to do this kind of manoeuvre to get a casualty to shore quickly and it takes a considerable amount of skill.
“It just shows the amount of training and time volunteers put in pays off when it’s most needed.”
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All four surfers were taken to North Devon District Hospital for checks.
The Appledore all-weather lifeboat was then launched to help re-float the inshore lifeboat with assistance from a Coastguard team.