PHOTOS: Two surfers rescued by Appledore lifeboat near Woolacombe
A lifeboat was called out to rescue two surfers who got into difficulty near Woolacombe beach yesterday afternoon.
A member of the public alerted coastguards at around 3.15pm to say four surfers were in trouble at the north end of the beach.
Two of them managed to get themselves to shore while the other two had to be taken aboard the inshore lifeboat which was launched from Appledore.
The lifeboat had to be beached due to the condition of one of the surfers so they could be transferred quickly and without having to re-enter the water.
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An ambulance had to be called which arrived just after 4pm to take all four surfers to North Devon District Hospital for treatment.
The extent of the injuries are not yet known but none are thought to be life-threatening.
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."