Four kayakers in distress leads to RNLI rescues in Devon

RNLI Ilfracombe crew heading out from Hele Bay to rescue kayakers in trouble
-Credit: (Image: RNLI Ilfracombe)


RNLI crews from Ilfracombe were called out twice in one day to help kayakers who had got into a spot of bother. Posting on their Facebook page they revealed that the volunteers were called out once at 4.20pm and again a few hours later at 8.30pm.

They wrote: "The inshore lifeboat was launched first shortly after 4.20pm yesterday [Saturday] afternoon to a report of two kayakers cut off, struggling with the tide and the cold at Samsons Bay.

"The crew quickly located the casualties in a two person kayak. They had been struggling to paddle against the incoming tide and were tired and very cold. They had been struggling against the tide.

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"The crew took both people on board and returned them to Hele Bay where they had dry clothing. The ILB crew ensured the pair were safe and well before returning to the harbour."

"The second shout was at 8.30pm to a report of another two kayakers in trouble at Broadsands Beach. The inshore lifeboat crew quickly found the two and were able to establish that they were fine and not in need of our assistance."

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