Kayak rescue leads to safety reminder

Posted at 6:47am Wednesday 13 Sep, 2017 | By Sam Gardner

A man become unwell in his kayak near Rabbit Island.

Police are reminding public about safety around water related activities, after a kayaker got into trouble near Rabbit Island on Monday.

Police were called just after 2.30pm to help the man after he became unwell while out at sea.

A rescue boat was deployed, the man was brought back to shore and was taken to hospital by Ambulance for medical treatment.

A police spokesperson says the incident has created a need to remind public about safety on water.

“Advice for kayakers is as follows:

  •   •  Always wear a lifejacket

  •   •  Carry two means of communication with you on board

  •   •  Check weather conditions before you get out on the water

  •   •  No alcohol

  •   •  Know your limits and the limitations of the kayak you are using

  •   •  Tell someone where you are, and when you will be back

“Coastguard also hold regular boating courses which can be helpful for preparing people for the water,” says police.

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