Poole, Swanage, Yarmouth Lifeboats and helicopters involved in on-going search
Poole Lifeboats, Swanage lifeboats , Yarmouth Lifeboat and helicopters from Fishguard and Lee-on-Solent have been involved with an extensive major air and sea search for a missing Kayaker.
Poole Lifeboats launched just after 2.15pm today (Saturday October 6) to search for a person who had been taking part in a kayak race from Knoll Beach at Studland heading to Swanage Pier.
The alarm was raised as the kayaker was overdue and unaccounted for, conditions off Studland Bay are quite rough, with north easterly winds gusting 5 to 6.
The D’ Class from Poole has returned to station at 7pm, it had saturated the area from Studland along Old Harrywith crew put ashore searching the caves and areas under and around Old Harry Rocks, as night fell and with the worsening conditions, the D' class was stood down.
Poole’s Atlantic is still out in Poole Bay working alongside Swanage, continuing the search.
8pm - Poole Atlantic now stood down
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.