A woman in her 30s was rescued from the beach at Orcombe Point , Exmouth last night.
The woman was spotted in difficulties at the waterside as the tide was coming in.
Exmouth Coastguard rescue team along with the inshore lifeboat were called.
A coastguard spokesman said the incident occurred at a particularly inaccessible part of the beach, with rocks and the incoming tide making transfer to a waiting ambulance difficult.
The inshore lifeboat came alongside and the woman, who was drifting in and out of consciousness was transferred to the inshore lifeboat and taken to a more accessible part of the beach.
She was then transferred by stretcher to a waiting ambulance and taken to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.