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Little and Broad Haven RNLI volunteer crew rescue two people in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Little and Broad Haven lifeboat crew was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard this evening (Saturday 19 August) at 5:20pm after a report of a double kayak in difficult at Newgale.

Returning from service

RNLI/Matthew Ford

Little and Broad Haven lifeboat
A concerned member of the public spotted the kayak with two persons on board struggling to paddle out and washing back onto the rocks. The first informant lost sight of the kayak but thought they could here a whistle being blown so called 999.

Once on scene Newgale RNLI lifeguards had all ready made contact with the kayakers who said they would try one more time to paddle out.

The inshore lifeboat at Little and Broad Haven stood off and watched as they tried to paddle out but was unsuccessful due to the waves picking up to around six foot.

The helm took the lifeboat ashore and both casualties were transferred into the lifeboat with the kayak being left passed the high water mark as it would have been too dangerous to try and tow it out.

They were both taken back into Newgale beach and handed over to on waiting lifeguards and Broad Haven Coastguards, no medical assistance was required and the volunteer crew was released from service and returned to station.

Also tasked for assistance was St Davids all-weather lifeboat.

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