Porthcawl Lifeboats rescue kayaker – Glamorgan Gem

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

By GEM Community Correspondent

Just after midday on Saturday, October 31 Porthcawl RNLI lifeboats Rose of the Shires and Jean Ryall rushed to help a capsized kayaker in difficulty half a mile off Newton Point.

Atlantic 85 lifeboat Rose of the Shires’ helmsman Chris Missen reported: “The casualty had been in the water for 15 to 20 minutes. Fortunately, both sea conditions and visibility were good and within minutes of our launch, we had the male kayaker safely on board and returned to the lifeboat station.”

Porthcawl’s D Class lifeboat was also launched as backup and recovered the upturned kayak.

“Lifeboat crew and a paramedic provided medical attention to the casualty following his immersion in the sea. Fortunately, he only suffered from cold and was later returned to Newton by Porthcawl Coastguard Unit,” said Deputy Launching Authority Steve Jones.

“We were first informed of this incident by coastguard personnel, who had received reports from a member of the public saying they had heard a person calling for help.

“Thanks to the quick actions of our volunteer RNLI crew members, this rescue came to a successful conclusion.”

Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthcawl, Phil Missen MBE added: “We are aware of more people taking up the sport of kayak fishing off Porthcawl; fortunately in today’s incident the casualty was wearing a wet suit and a lifejacket.

“We would like to remind people who use the sea to ensure that they are wearing protective clothing and take safety equipment with them including a means of communication to call for assistance should the need arise.

“Today the conditions were good and sea temperatures are still relatively high, yet the kayak was swamped by waves in Newton Race and with winter fast approaching, conditions will deteriorate so protect yourself,” he urged.

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