St Davids RNLI volunteers launch to kayakers in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

On the second call out of the day St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat launches to two people on an inflatable kayak caught in the tide at Jacks Sound.

RNLI/Ellen Evans

At 6.05pm on Saturday (30 May), St Davids RNLI volunteers were paged for their second call out of the day. The all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched at 6.17pm and the crew made their way to the scene, Jacks Sound, eight miles to the south.

Also paged were Little and Broad Haven and Angle RNLI lifeboat crews.

The casualties, who had capsized, were able to call the Coastguard who then made a Mayday relay on the their behalf with workboat Dale Nelson responding and rescuing the kayakers. The two casualties were transferred to Little and Broad Haven RNLI's inshore lifeboat before Angle RNLI's all-weather lifeboat returned them to Martins Haven.

Dale Coastguard and Rescue team met them on shore and offered safety advice.

'If you are taking part in any activities at sea please always wear an appropriate lifejacket and kit, as well as thoroughly checking and understanding the weather and tide conditions and their likely impact on your planned activity,' said a spokesperson for the station.
'In any coastal emergency, please contact the Coastguard by calling 999, 112 or VHF 16.'

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RNLI/Ellen Evans

RNLI/Ellen Evans

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