Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat rescues stranded kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was on its regular Sunday morning training exercise, when a radio call came in from Solent Coastguard at 10.04 am requesting that they proceed to the Ferry Bridge area of Portland Harbour where the Coastguard had received calls stating that a kayaker was reported to be

Weymouth ILB

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth ILB

The Kayaker had been in the water for an unknown amount of time before he had managed to climb onto a yacht moored some 100 metres from the shore.

Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew quickly spotted him on the yacht and took him aboard the lifeboat and transported him to Castle Cove Sailing Club. It was during this time that the crew learned that the kayaker had capsized whilst paddling against the strong counter current from Ferry Bridge and was lucky enough to be able to reach a vessel which he was able to get onto.

A third party had found the kayak and taken it to the Billy Winters area of Portland Harbour where the lifeboat later recovered it from.

They were back on exercise at 10.35am

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