Both of the towns RNLI lifeboats were launched early
yesterday evening (23 April 2017) to search for a male, seperated from his
partner and Kayak for over 40 minutes
The UK Coastguard requested that
both the D-class inshore lifeboat and the stations New Shannon class
all-weather lifeboat launch to search for the missing man when he was reportedly
unable to get back in to his kayak after falling in the water.
The 40-year-old man was on a recreational outing with his
wife when he fell overboard and was the subsequently separated from the
relative safety of the kayaks as the stiff offshore wind blew the craft and
remaining person steadily away from him.
The inshore lifeboat was first on scene (approx. 1 mile out
to sea) arriving to find the sole remaining member of the pair being blown
further eastward on the evenings stiff westerly offshore wind, the empty kayak alongside.
The Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter based at
Humberside Airport was also tasked to join the search.
Volunteer crews on the stations new all-weather Shannon
class lifeboat came to the aid of the drifting female whilst the inshore
lifeboat proceeded to search for the missing man.
After a brief search a second 999 call to the UK Coastguard
from a member of the public gave the casualties position as approx. 500 meters
offshore from the Seaview Road area of the town.
The casualty was quickly located by the team in the inshore
lifeboat and was medically assessed. He was then transferred ashore to the
lifeboat station for some dry clothes and a cup of tea. He had been in the
water for approximately 40 minutes. He was reunited shortly afterwards with the
female and the two recovered kayaks shortly after 8pm. The Coastguard Search
and Rescue Helicopter was stood down and returned to Humberside Airport shortly
before arriving at the scene.
All were safe and sound if a little cold. But this could
have ended very differently.
The fact that the pair were well equipped in wet suits and
life preservers meant that the casualty could stay afloat until our crews could
come to his aid.
it's vital if you use the water for recreation that you...
A) Wear adequate equipment
B) Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect
C) have a method of calling for help, a VHF radio is the
best option. Mobile phones are not reliable at sea.
D) If you see someone in difficulty at sea always dial 999 and ask for the
1) Volunteer Crews arrive alongside drifting, remaining kayaker.
2) RNLI Volunteer talks with rescued woman in the safety of the Shannon class lifeboat wheelhouse. Credit: RNLI/Tony Kelly
3) Recivered Kayaks. Credit: RNLI Skegness/Adam Holmes