Poole, Swanage, Yarmouth Lifeboats and helicopters involved in on-going search

Lifeboats News Release

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

Incident on-going


The D class crew out searching in rough conditions


The Atlantic Lifeboat out searching

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