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Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat search for missing kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat ‘Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)’ was launched on 27 July at 5.42pm to reports of two missing kayakers to search the shoreline area east of Yarmouth.

The Yarmouth Lifeboat 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)'
The Yarmouth Lifeboat 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)'

As Yarmouth lifeboat made its way to the search area, they continued communication with the coastguard and reported that a sighting had been made in the Hamstead cliff area. The pair of kayakers had set out from the mainland shore in calm conditions but were caught out by the strength and direction of the tide, leaving them stranded on the island and unable to safely make their way back to Lymington.

Having located the casualties, the all weather lifeboat launched the Y boat (this is a small inflatable boat carried on the Severn). They were rescued from the beach and along with their kayaks were brought aboard the all weather lifeboat. The pair were then safely returned to the mainland by the lifeboat.

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 7.08pm.

Coxswain Howard Lester said: ‘In calm warm conditions it's very easy to get a false sense of security, but the sea state can change rapidly so we'd always advise people to wear appropriate buoyancy aids and have a means of communication and calling for help.’

The RNLI remains an independent charity that relies on voluntary contributions to fund its lifesaving work.

Media contacts:

Teresa Fox, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Yarmouth Lifeboat Station Teresa_fox@rnli.org.uk 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer SE and London paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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