St Davids in-shore lifeboat aids three kayakers in difficulty at St Davids Head
Whilst on exercise on Tuesday (22 June) St Davids in-shore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard at 3:15pm to assist three kayakers off St Davids Head.
The volunteer crew made way to the casualties and once one scene could see that one of the kayakers had made their way around the headland to the safer waters of Whitesands Bay.
The party had paddled out from Whitesands Beach when the tide had been ebbing and made their way North around St Davids Head. When the tide turned a wind against tide situation occurred on the headland causing 1.5m choppy seas and five knot current which prevented the other two kayakers from returning back into Whitesands Bay. A member of the public had spotted the situation and called the Coastguard.
The crew assisted the remaining two kayakers around the headland one at a time by taking them on-board the lifeboat and around the headland. Once the party was reunited in the safety of Whitesands Bay they were escorted back towards the beach where RNLI lifeguards were informed and expecting their arrival.
The lifeboat crew returned to exercise and completed their crew assessments with the on board assessor before rehousing at around 4:30pm.
St Davids RNLI station representative said: 'this is a great example that even when training our crews are ready to help those that are in trouble at sea.'
When going out on kayaks always wear a lifejacket, check tides and weather, and bring a means to call for help, on 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.