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Horton and Port Eynon RNLI rescue family of kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat was launched shortly after 2.30pm on Thursday (25 August) after information was received that kayakers were in difficulty near Port Eynon Point.

The kayakers were a father, mother and young child in two kayaks. The mother and child were in difficulty and the father made his way to shore to raise the alarm. The lifeboat was launched and made its way to the mother and child’s kayak. 

In the meantime the father had made his way to Port Eynon Point, swamto the kayak, boarded it and started to paddle it back to shore. The lifeboat escorted the father, mother and young child in the kayak back to the shore. The volunteer lifeboat crew were Helm Will Metcalfe, Jeremy Littlejohns and Joshua Cottell.

Jeff Payne, Deputy Launching Authority at Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat station, added: ‘Our advice to anyone going to sea on a kayak or any boat  is to ensure that they are aware of the tide and weather conditions. Also people should ensure they are wearing buoyancy aid and that what they are doing is within their capabilities. You also need to have a means of communication so that you can call for assistance in case of difficulties.’

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For more information please contact Brin Hurford, Horton and Port Eynon RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on brinleyhurford@hotmail.com, 07968 269550 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk or 01745 585162 or 07748 265496 or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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