Upturned kayak and rocky situation for inflatable spark double callout for Sidmouth Lifeboat

An upturned kayak and an inflatable blowing onto a rock island in dangerous conditions prompted a double callout for Sidmouth Lifeboat this afternoon (Friday).

The volunteer crew sprang into action at around 2.30pm when Beer Coastguard spotted two people in the sea off Poundspool, near the village, while out on a safety patrol.

Their kayak had overturned and the duo were being blown out towards Beer Head.

Lyme Regis RNLI was also called.

“Luckily, the kayakers made it to the shore safely as the lifeboats arrived,” said a Sidmouth Lifeboat spokesperson.

Beer Coastguard said it duly dished out safety advice to the pair and that today’s condition’s were ‘not suitable’ to be out in such a vessel.

Sidmouth’s lifeboat crew was then called to offer first-aid after an inflatable which had blown onto the inner rock island off the town.

“A large number of inflatables were on the water today in strong wind conditions,” added the spokesperson for the lifesaving independent charity.

“Most inflatables are designed for pools, not the sea.

“Ebbing tides, strong currents and winds can swiftly carry an inflatable out to sea.

“Please check sea conditions are suitable before entering the water, with or without inflatables.

“The weather and sea conditions can be very unpredictable along the coastline.

“The best option is to leave your inflatables at home.”

Sidmouth Lifeboat had earlier this week issued a warning that strong easterly winds would create dangerous conditions on Thursday and Friday.

Swimmers and beachgoers were urged to stay away from the town’s rock islands and to take extra care.

While the lifeboat’s HQ on The Esplanade is currently shut due to the coronavirus pandemic, its volunteer crew is still on call 24/seven.

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