St Davids RNLI tasked to kayakers in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 4:04pm on Friday (28th August) to three kayakers in difficulty at the entrance to Solva Harbour.

RNLI/Ellen Evans

The all-weather lifeboat 'Norah Wortley' was launched and made way to Solva Harbour. On arrival, the casualties had been recovered by a local vessel but had been separated by two of their kayaks in the process.

The Coastguard tasked the crew to find them so they didn't cause further incidents. One was located three quarters of a mile out and the second a further half mile out to sea.

Once recovered, the kayaks were returned to the casualties now safely with St Davids Coastguard Rescue Team at Solva harbour. The stations duaghter craft was launched to return the kayaks as the tide had already begun to fall.

The volunteer crew returned to station and were ready for service at 5:40pm.

Commenting on the rescue, coxswain Will Chant said: 'The distance the kayaks had travelled shows just how quickly the offshore wind carried these out to sea.'

Will added: 'When out on the water, please ensure you have the correct equipment; buoyancy aids or life jackets, and a means to call for help. Check the tides and weather before making plans.'

'If you are in danger on the coast or see anyone else in danger please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

RNLI/Ellen Evans

RNLI/Ellen Evans

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