Saturday, 25 May 2013

Kayakers in trouble off Anvil Point

Just before the patrol set off this afternoon, Portland Coastguard tasked the Coastguard Initial Response Team along with the Swanage RNLI inshore lifeboat.

Several members of the public had called the Coastguard concerned for 3 kayakers off Durlston Head. One person was reported in the water holding on to their craft supported by the other. A passing Border Agency vessel 'Searcher' also deployed their fast boat to assist and as the Coastguard arrived their boat located the pair in the water.

Swanage Inshore Lifeboat arrived very quickly after and assisted the pair into the Border Agency boat before heading off to find the 3rd kayak in Durlston Bay. With everyone safely ashore and warmed up in the Lifeboat house, the Coastguard assisted by transporting the kayakers back to Studland.

Later in the afternoon, the Coastguard Patrol came across a local lady who had stepped on a weever fish. The spines on this fish cause a nasty sting similar to a wasp sting so the Coastguard assisted by staff at Middle Beach Cafe Studland gave 1st aid. (Basically a very hot tub of water)

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