Chivenor helicopter called for kayaker

A helicopter from RAF Chivenor was called in when a lone kayaker made a 999 call from the cold sea off Newton Point, Porthcawl, yesterday (Thursday.)

As he spoke to Swansea Coastguard he was drifting out to sea in the choppy tide. The Porthcawl RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the Porthcawl Coastguard Rescue Team were also drafted in to help . The kayaker was rescued by the lifeboat and taken for medical attention.

Steve Jones, Watch Manager at Swansea Coastguard said: “This is an everyday story of a lone kayaker who gets into difficulties in choppy seas. The difference in this tale is that this kayaker was carrying his mobile phone in an aquapack secured to his body.

“This simple but effective piece of forward planning meant that when he was separated from his kayak and being carried out to sea his mobile was dry and working so he could summon the help he needed.

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