Posted: 06.08.20 at 11:22 by Hannah Corfield
Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is urging beach users not to use inflatables or rubber rings in the sea.
The urgent call comes after a series of incidents when the volunteer watchkeepers have had to call upon their RNLI lifeboat or lifeguard colleagues to rescue those involved.
"Visitors are not aware how quickly the river runs out to sea," said Station Manager Ivor Jones.
"Earlier this week, a watchkeeper had to run down the red-flag beach to alert four teenagers in rubber rings who were being swept out by the tide in an off-shore breeze.
"Fortunately, they heard him and made it to shore. A minute or two later and it could have been a very different story.
"Inflatables are for swimming pools not for the sea. We want Exmouth to be a place of enjoyment not of tragedy."
Based in Queen’s Drive, Exmouth NCI is on duty every day from 9am to 6pm.