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Re: Lulworth rescue

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Report from Weymouth RNLI...

Weymouth's RNLI lifeboats were tasked by the Portland Coastguard to rescue a group of 4 kayakers who were stranded on an isolated beach near to Bats Head on the Jurassic Coast on Sunday 16th Dec. at approx 2pm.

On Arrival on scene at 2.15pm, several attempts were made by both the Y boat ( the little inflatable carried on the all weather lifeboat) & the inshore lifeboat to get to the beach, but due to a heavy swell that was pounding the beach it was not possible to safely gain access.

Just as the volunteer crews were regrouping and thinking of another way around the problem the Portland Coastguard rescue helicopter flew overhead returning to its base from a training exercise. The lifeboat quickly radioed up the helicopter & asked them if they could lift off the stranded kayakers to safety. This they did & then returned to the beach to collect the abandoned canoes. They dropped down the winch man who tied the canoes together and the helicopter then pulled them through the surf to the inshore lifeboat waiting just outside the surf line, who in turn took the canoes to the all weather lifeboat waiting in deeper water, they then returned them back to Weymouth lifeboat station to be safely reunited with their owners.

RNLI volunteer 2nd Coxswain Trevor Brooker who was in charge of the rescue said, ' what should have been a simple job turned out to be quite complicated.'

Both the lifeboats returned to station at approx 3.30pm.
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Re: Lulworth rescue

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Mark R wrote:This they did & then returned to the beach to collect the abandoned canoes. They dropped down the winch man who tied the canoes together and the helicopter then pulled them through the surf to the inshore lifeboat waiting just outside the surf line, who in turn took the canoes to the all weather lifeboat waiting in deeper water, they then returned them back to Weymouth lifeboat station to be safely reunited with their owners.
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Presume they were only filled at the cockpits. Sounds like improvisation worked. We did a drill once where we let a floating line drift on from beyond the surf line, the dinghy then clipped on and we towed them through the surf, a sailing dinghy though, not a sea kayak in delicate fibreglass.....

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