Kayakers assisted by Poole RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Poole’s inshore lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard (Thursday 27th May) at 6:30pm to a report of 2 kayakers requiring assistance somewhere between Rockley and entrance to the river Frome.


Poole inshore lifeboat approaching the kayakers
The kayakers were exhausted and unable to make their way, struggling against the spring tide they found themselves stranded on the mud flats.

Conditions were good with clear skies and a light wind.

The Lifeboat crew were soon on scene and found the kayakers waist deep in the water, the kayaks were submerged. The lifeboat crew checked the casualties were okay and then started to bail out their kayaks and right the vessels, with the intention of trying to get them back underway.

One of the kayakers was able to continue back, however the other had to be towed alongside the lifeboat, back to Ridge Wharf.

The kayakers were a little cold, muddy but thankfully none the worse for their adventure.

With the casualty safely ashore, the lifeboat headed back to the station, where the lifeboat, equipment and crew had to undergo a big wash down as there was lots of gloopy mud from the evening ‘shout’.

The lifeboat was gleaming and ready for service just before 9pm


A muddy kayak being recovered


A washdown after the muddy shout

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