Kayaks are saved from peril under the pier at Hastings by RNLI Lifeguards

Lifeguards News Release

On Wednesday 24 July the lifeguards at Hastings were alerted by members of the public and Solent Coastguard about kayakers who were in trouble under the pier at Hastings

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The weather was fine, with no real wind and a bit of a sea chop. Two kayakers were out at sea with two instructors when they got into trouble under the pier. Two of the kayakers overturned and one became unconscious. Harry Higginson and Leon Shaw, both RNLI Lifeguards on Pelham Beach, attended the scene. Henry concentrated his attention on the unconscious casualty until the ambulance service attended. Leon Shaw helped the kayaker who couldn’t swim and using a rescue tube brought them safely to shore. James Blything, on duty at the Pier Base, kept the Solent Coastguard updated as the scenario unfolded. He entered the water with a rescue tube and helped one of the instructors. All the training that the lifeguards had received enabled them to carry out this rescue with professionalism and ensured a safe outcome.

One of the greatest things about kayaking is that it can be remarkably safe and user-friendly activity. But it's important to understand that when things do go wrong the fact that you are on the water means that situations can become very serious, very fast. This is why it's so important that you understand the risks and hazards involved with kayaking and that you assume a conservative and safety conscious attitude when making decisions on the water.

Most importantly, WEAR YOUR PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE.

HM Coastguard regulations require that all kayaks have a lifejacket on board. Wearing your lifejacket will help keep your head above water and add insulation to your body, keeping you warmer in cold water.

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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 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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James Blything RNLI Lifeguard on Hsatings beech

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.

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Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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