Twelve rescued after canoe drama off Dorset coast

Twelve rescued after canoe drama off Dorset coast

Twelve rescued after canoe drama off Dorset coast

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TWELVE canoeists were plucked to safety in a dramatic rescue operation off the Dorset coast.

Coastguards have issued a warning after the incident, in which six people were thrown into the water after their giant canoe capsized.

Those involved had no way to raise the alarm, and were "fortunate" to be spotted by crew on a nearby diving boat, Portland Coastguard said.

No one was injured.

The alarm was raised yesterday by a boat called Skua, which sent an emergency message to the coastguard when it spotted the canoeists in danger off Old Harry Rocks.

It was joined by another nearby boat, Playtime, and two RNLI lifeboats which rescued nine of the group and escorted the remaining three back to Knoll Beach in Studland.

Ros Evans, Portland Coastguard watch manager, warned it was "imperative" that boaters had the experience and training to cope with the water before setting out.

"The 12 canoeists were out in difficult weather conditions, in easterly winds off Old Harry Rocks which has a notorious race and with the sea temperature still at winter levels," she said.

"They were dressed only in shorts and t-shirts. They were wearing buoyancy aids but appeared to have no other safety gear, no rescue equipment and most worryingly, no way of raising the alarm.

"They were fortunate that the Skua happened to be in the vicinity and was able to offer assistance, despite having divers in the water.

"We would recommend that all boaters wear a personal flotation device, appropriate to their sport, such as a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

"It's imperative that the weather, sea conditions and tides are checked and that people ensure that they have the experience and training to be able to cope before setting out."

She added that it was essential to have a "way of calling for help" should the worst happen, including a VHF radio or marine distress flares or mini flares and a mobile phone as a back-up.

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11:41am Sun 4 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

These idiots should have to pay for their rescue!
These idiots should have to pay for their rescue! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 10

10:16pm Sun 4 May 14

marabout says...

They do pay for their rescue.... It's not free is it?
They do pay for their rescue.... It's not free is it? marabout
  • Score: 0

7:33am Mon 5 May 14

southwellman says...

As a seasoned kayak user and spent many hours training in the local waters it is imperative that basic safety equipment is used.. and warm clothing even in the summer months.. these people had bad leadership and poor judgement and are lucky to be alive. the waters around the area will bring on hypothermia in less than an hour and death soon after that.
As a seasoned kayak user and spent many hours training in the local waters it is imperative that basic safety equipment is used.. and warm clothing even in the summer months.. these people had bad leadership and poor judgement and are lucky to be alive. the waters around the area will bring on hypothermia in less than an hour and death soon after that. southwellman
  • Score: 8

11:01am Mon 5 May 14

Dorset Boy says...

marabout wrote:
They do pay for their rescue.... It's not free is it?
Please enlighten me how they pay. I have never met anyone yet that has received a bill for being rescued. Except for the RNLI which is a charity based service, other rescue services are Government funded and cannot charge for their services.
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: They do pay for their rescue.... It's not free is it?[/p][/quote]Please enlighten me how they pay. I have never met anyone yet that has received a bill for being rescued. Except for the RNLI which is a charity based service, other rescue services are Government funded and cannot charge for their services. Dorset Boy
  • Score: 0

8:16pm Mon 5 May 14

Tinker2 says...

Their is no excuse for a group of 12 being out on the water without a means of contact; vhf radio in waterproof bag. There is also no excuse for being out in unsuitable clothing; wetsuits and cagies are a must.
I presume someone in this party was a leader, or 'in charge'? be it a club, school, organised activity, those responsible should be named and shamed. Their equipment should be destroyed for their own safety.
Has everyone forgotten the Lyme Bay Canoe Disaster?
Their is no excuse for a group of 12 being out on the water without a means of contact; vhf radio in waterproof bag. There is also no excuse for being out in unsuitable clothing; wetsuits and cagies are a must. I presume someone in this party was a leader, or 'in charge'? be it a club, school, organised activity, those responsible should be named and shamed. Their equipment should be destroyed for their own safety. Has everyone forgotten the Lyme Bay Canoe Disaster? Tinker2
  • Score: 2

8:57am Tue 6 May 14

MaidofDorset says...

Tinker2 wrote:
Their is no excuse for a group of 12 being out on the water without a means of contact; vhf radio in waterproof bag. There is also no excuse for being out in unsuitable clothing; wetsuits and cagies are a must.
I presume someone in this party was a leader, or 'in charge'? be it a club, school, organised activity, those responsible should be named and shamed. Their equipment should be destroyed for their own safety.
Has everyone forgotten the Lyme Bay Canoe Disaster?
It seems that they have.
[quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: Their is no excuse for a group of 12 being out on the water without a means of contact; vhf radio in waterproof bag. There is also no excuse for being out in unsuitable clothing; wetsuits and cagies are a must. I presume someone in this party was a leader, or 'in charge'? be it a club, school, organised activity, those responsible should be named and shamed. Their equipment should be destroyed for their own safety. Has everyone forgotten the Lyme Bay Canoe Disaster?[/p][/quote]It seems that they have. MaidofDorset
  • Score: 1

10:12am Tue 6 May 14

jjlad2 says...

What in Gods name are these stupid people doing, it beggers belief, after so many tragic deaths in and around our waters these last few years, which have had high profile media coverage, that they should venture into the water obliviously out of their comfort zone dressed for a BBQ of sorts. yet again it is other people that have to put their lives at risk to help them. whoever was responsible for this ought to make a public donation to the RNLI and an apology.
What in Gods name are these stupid people doing, it beggers belief, after so many tragic deaths in and around our waters these last few years, which have had high profile media coverage, that they should venture into the water obliviously out of their comfort zone dressed for a BBQ of sorts. yet again it is other people that have to put their lives at risk to help them. whoever was responsible for this ought to make a public donation to the RNLI and an apology. jjlad2
  • Score: 0

7:29pm Tue 6 May 14

marabout says...

Dorset Boy wrote:
marabout wrote:
They do pay for their rescue.... It's not free is it?
Please enlighten me how they pay. I have never met anyone yet that has received a bill for being rescued. Except for the RNLI which is a charity based service, other rescue services are Government funded and cannot charge for their services.
So who pays for them? Do they do it for free?

Government funded fescue services can and do charge for their services.

Just try and ask for a coastguard helicopter to transfer you from Dorchester Hospital to Southampton hospital.
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: They do pay for their rescue.... It's not free is it?[/p][/quote]Please enlighten me how they pay. I have never met anyone yet that has received a bill for being rescued. Except for the RNLI which is a charity based service, other rescue services are Government funded and cannot charge for their services.[/p][/quote]So who pays for them? Do they do it for free? Government funded fescue services can and do charge for their services. Just try and ask for a coastguard helicopter to transfer you from Dorchester Hospital to Southampton hospital. marabout
  • Score: 0

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