Six paddle boarders rescued off Chesil Cove
Weymouth RNLI was tasked by the Coastguard at 7.10pm yesterday to assist two paddleboarders off Chesil Cove.
This was later updated to four, after two people went to try and help.
Both boats were launched and the inshore lifeboat reached the casualties first, about half a mile from the beach, at 7.40pm. They were brought onboard the boat and returned safely to the beach where family and the Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting.
The incident was called in to the Coastguard by Alice, an RNLI crew member and RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor who was on the beach with friends and saw the unfolding scene.
'I saw three paddle boarders and one made it back and raised the alarm. I immediately contacted the Coastguard and informed the family. The two other people set off to help before we could stop them. I think even the most experienced paddlers would have struggled in that breeze.'
The volunteer crew then went back and picked up two other paddle boarders they had passed who were also struggling to get back to shore.
The RNLI always advises anyone paddle boarding or taking part in any other activities around the coast to wear appropriate buoyancy aids and have a means of calling for help.
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