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Kayaker in trouble rescued by Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat.

Lifeboats News Release

A kayaker went fishing on Friday 21 June off Hayling Island but felt unwell and fell out of his kayak, lost consciousness and was rescued by the Hayling RNLI Lifeboat.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat is turning and moving at speed

RNLI/Alan Bartlett

Atlantic 85 Lifeboat at speed

The man launched his kayak on a fine evening, anchored about 500m from the shore and started fishing. After a while he felt sick and leant over the side of the kayak but fell in. Fortunately he was able to hang onto the boat but couldn’t get back in. His father on shore saw that he was in trouble and phoned the Coastguard who called out the RNLI Lifeboat and ‘Derrick Battle’ the Atlantic 85 was launched.

Quickly on scene the lifeboat crew pulled the man on board to find him wet and cold. He momentarily lost consciousness, then came round and was sick again. He seemed to have swallowed a lot of seawater and so was put on oxygen and the lifeboat crew radioed for an ambulance to meet them at the Lifeboat Station. Once ashore he was stretchered to the crew room and monitored by the shore crew until the ambulance arrived by which time his vital signs had improved.

He was taken to hospital and the lifeboat returned to retrieve his kayak and stored it for safe keeping. His father collected his belongings and wet clothes and the lifeboat was made ready for service. A good service, saving a life and with all agencies and crew working well together.

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