Hayling RNLI Lifeboat saves a kayaker on their first shout in 2018
On Friday 23 February a local man capsized from his kayak and the alarm was raised by dog walkers when he struggled to get back on board.
Solent Coastguard alerted the Hayling Island RNLI lifeboat station at 15:31 with a fresh easterly wind blowing and cold air and sea temperatures. Six minutes later the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat was on its way. The kayaker after struggling to get back into his kayak set off to swim ashore but he quickly became tired in the cold water.
The dog walkers entered the water to drag the exhausted casualty through the surf and to the shore. Sharon Swan, volunteer lifeboat crew member (pictured) was put ashore and realised very quickly that the man was suffering severe hypothermia. An ambulance was called and the man was immediately transferred to hospital where his core temperature was found to be below 30 deg C. He was kept in hospital until the following Monday when he was well enough to be discharged.
Sharon said of the rescue, ‘The casualty was in a very cold sea for some time and was lucky to survive. Whilst on the beach his wife was telling him off for going out in such cold conditions and we would echo that advice but we are all pleased that he was OK and that as an RNLI crew we could help to save a life.’