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Poole Lifeboat's respond to capsized kayak

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat crews were out and about in Poole Bay amongst the Air show flotilla of boats, Friday (August 31) when UK Coastguard tasked the volunteers around 4pm to a person that had been pulled from the water in Studland Bay.


The kayaker being tended to by Poole Lifeboat volunteers

When the lifeboats arrived on scene they found a person laid upon a Kayak, crew were put ashore to assess the casualty, she had swallowed a lot of water and appeared to have been in the water for some time, she was drifting in and out of consciousness and needed to be evacuated from the beach, an ambulance had been requested.

Conditions in the bay were choppy with a southerly wind.

The ambulance crew arrived on scene, in-between Knoll and Middle beach, the casualty was transferred into their care, and the lifeboat crew helped the ambulance crew, lift the casualty into a National Trust cart vehicle, that took her to the awaiting ambulance that was standing by in the beach car park.

The lifeboats were stood down and both boats returned back to station, after refuelling the lifeboats were ready for service by 6.30pm

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