Friday, May 20, 2011

Incident Report

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of both Bridlington RNLI lifeboats on Saturday 14 May, after receiving a call that two kayak-type boats were in trouble off the coast at Barmston. 

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) Windsor Spirit made its way quickly to the area with Helmsman Grant Walkington and Crew Members Pete Jones and Jason Stephenson aboard. 

On arrival in the area a 10-year-old boy could be seen in the water trying to hold on to his father's kayak. The boy's father was trying to paddle back to the beach but was not making any head way in the gusting offshore winds. 

After lifting the young boy from the sea the ILB crew quickly wrapped him up. The boy's father - who was still not making any head way - also asked to be taken ashore. The ILB beached with father, son and one kayak. The young boy was given more covering against the cold until further help arrived. 

Helmsman Walkington said: 'They were both well equipped with wet suits, helmets and lifejackets but the wind caught them out. The lad just could not get back in his boat and his dad was unable to help him.' 

Meanwhile, the RNLI volunteers on the all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer searched for the second kayak, which was found a great distance away due to strong winds.

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