St Davids RNLI rescue four stranded kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched at 8.11am on Tuesday 23 April to four kayakers in difficulties in Ramsey Sound.

The lifeboats were launched after HM Coastguards received a call from the kayakers to say that one of the kayaks had been holed by rocks on the Bitches reef and was rapidly filling with water - they would be unable to return to the mainland so were attempting to get to Ramsey Island. However, the strong tides prevented them from reaching the island and they had to scramble onto the reef to await assistance.

The all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene around five minutes after launching and got close enough to the kayakers to ensure they did not need medical assistance. The kayakers were then escorted from the reef to the all-weather lifeboat by the stations’ inshore lifeboat. The kayaks and their occupants were then taken aboard the lifeboat and brought back to St Justinians where they were landed onto the beach.

Both lifeboats returned to station and were rehoused at about 8.45am.

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St Davids RNLI rescue four stranded kayakers

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