Kayaker rescued in Poole Harbor after broadcasting Mayday call on VHF radio
The Poole D-class lifeboat has been asked to be launched by the UK Coastguard on Saturday March 19 at 11am for a kayaker in difficulty off the Ro-Ro ferry terminal in Poole Harbour.
Once the victim warmed up he was taken into the care of the Poole Coastguard Rescue Team and he waited for a friend to pick him up, intending to drive to the hospital for an examination as the victim had been in the water for approximately 15 minutes, there was concern that there was secondary drowning.
Poole Volunteer Helm Steve Porter said:
“Conditions were howling in the harbor with the cool easterly wind causing lots of chop, we advise you always carry accessible means of communication, there was good support from all parties involved today.”
The lifeboat returned to station, washed and was ready for service at 12:30 p.m.
Thanks to Don Williams – Photos Credit
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