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Calshot RNLI and naval vessel in joint rescuer of kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI volunteer crew from Calshot were diverted from training at midday today (27 November) after a Mayday distress call was made to the UK Coastguard.

The volunteer crew were tasked to launch their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Max Walls, to assist a kayaker in the water off of Bramble Bank. Upon arrival at the scene the kayaker was already being assisted by a naval vessel that was in the area.

Two RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members went aboard the naval vessel to assist with casualty care but it was decided the kayaker needed more immediate medical attention and he was airlifted from the vessel and taken to Southampton General Hospital by a search and rescue helicopter.

The crew said that thanks to their high level of casualty care training they were able to immediately identify that the casualty needed urgent evacuation to hospital for a higher level of medical attention.

RNLI media contacts

  • Joanne Pearson, Calshot RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07780 457731,
  • Peter Lewis, Calshot RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07745 949684,
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager, (London /South East/East), 0207 6207426 / 07785/296252

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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