Kayaker saved by Eastbourne lifeboat

Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) went to the rescue of a kayaker this morning (22 May) who had fallen out of his craft in Norman’s Bay and had spent an hour in the water trying to attract attention to his plight.

The man was enjoying the Eastbourne sunshine and angling a few hundred metres offshore in his kayak when he fell out of his craft whilst stowing his fishing gear. Fortunately he was well equipped with a wet suit and buoyancy aid but had no means of summoning help and was forced to wave at anglers on the beach to attract attention. After some time he was noticed by concerned onlookers who contacted Dover Coastguard. The volunteer crew from Eastbourne ILB assembled and were afloat within five minutes of the request to launch and with helmsman Paul Rogers in command were on scene within 12 minutes. The kayaker was cold and shaken but otherwise unharmed and was returned to shore with his craft and passed into the care of a waiting Coastguard officer. Read more on the RNLI website…