Coastguards were inundated with 999 calls after two stand-up paddleboarders were seen during this weekend’s stormy weather.

The paddleboarders were taking part in an activity called ‘downwinding’.

This is when they paddle downwind in very high winds that create swells, which they then ride. However, onlookers were concerned that the pair were in danger.

A spokesman for Wyke Regis Coastguard said: “We were called by our colleagues from Portland Bill Coastguard Rescue Team just before 3pm on Saturday.

“There had been numerous 999 calls reporting concern for two paddleboarders in Weymouth Bay.

“They were taking part in a relatively new (to this area) activity known as ‘downwinding’ leaving Billy Winters in Portland Harbour and heading directly downwind to the northern entrance.

“One decided to abort his attempt, the other continued safely to his destination of Ringstead to be met by the team. They had informed the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) by calling 02392552120 or 01305 760439 of their intentions. But with so many calls reporting people in possible difficulties teams were still tasked.”

“If you think someone needs assistance whilst on the coast or at sea, then do not hesitate to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”