Rescue of canoeist at Hallsands

Launch No: 182
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Location: Off Hallsands. Start Bay

Whilst training in the Range (Start Bay) the lifeboat was diverted by the Coastguard after members of the public had reported that there was a kayaker in trouble 400 metres off Hallsands. He had been fishing from his sit on top kayak when he capsized. As one of the ports was open the boat then filled with water. He had a buoyancy aid and wetsuit but had been sitting on the upturned craft for an hour when he was rescued. He was returned with his craft to North Hallsands beach where he was met by the Coastguard Search and Rescue team. Lifeboat crew. Chris Tracey, helmsman. Rachel Cole, Mark Conroy and Jamie Mathys crew. Launch crew. Buster Hart, tractor driver.


Request Received 6:48pm
Time at incident 10 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 7 minutes
Back on Service 8:05pm


Sea/River State Calm with slight chop
Wind Direction Northwest
Wind Strength 8 knots

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