Weymouth RNLI lifeboats launched to reports of kayakers in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat was launched at 12.47pm on Wednesday 24th July to reports of an unknown number of kayakers in trouble at Stair Hole near to Lulworth Cove.

Weymouth ALB

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Weymouth ALB

Solent Coastguard had received a call from a third party reporting the incident. The information given was very sketchy as to location and numbers involved.

With further information mentioning multiple kayakers involved arriving, the Coastguard launched Weymouth All-Weather lifeboat at 1 pm and also the Rescue helicopter from Lee on Solent.

Once the Inshore lifeboat was on scene, after a short search and questioning of other vessels in the area it was established that there were only 2 kayakers who had been in trouble and they were now safely aboard another vessel.

With the news that the kayakers were safe and the area searched for other possible casualty's all rescue assets were released and returned to station at 1.55pm. The lifeboats were then refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

Weymouth Lifeboats Operation Manager designate Nicky Ayling said; That the RNLI asks that if you see someone in trouble at the coast or at sea, that you should ring the Coastguard on 999 and pass as much information as possible. Including who or what is in trouble, the position of the incident and if known, how many persons/craft are involved.

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