Sidmouth Lifeboat called out to reports of lone kayak or paddle board

The Sidmouth Lifeboat station, sailing club and Drill Hall at Port Royal

The Sidmouth Lifeboat station, sailing club and Drill Hall at Port Royal - Credit: Archant

Reports of a lone kayak or paddle board in the sea at Sidmouth - without anyone on it - prompted action from the lifeboat service which was on the scene within minutes.

But on arrival it was a case of mistaken identity, when it was discovered to be a large driftwood log.

Sidmouth Lifeboat was called to the scene, approximately half a mile due south of the sea front, with the rescue ski following a page from Solent coastguard on Sunday at about 7.30pm.

Concerns had been raised over an object at sea, thought to have been a kayak or paddle board floating with no one on it, but with someone close by.

However upon arrival the team confirmed the object was a log, although a search of the area was carried out to ensure nothing else was a cause for concern.


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Sidmouth lifeboat crew were stood down at 19:50.

A Sidmouth Lifeboat spokesman said: “All calls to the coastguard are always made with the best of intentions and lifeboat crews will always respond.”

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