rescued near Steep Holm after being thrown from boat
kayakers were rescued from the sea between Brean Down and Steep
Holm on Sunday (August 4th) after spending 45 minutes in the water
when they were thrown from their boats.
man and woman were flown by air ambulance to Weston General Hospital
where they were being treated for signs of hypothermia.
kayakers managed to raise the alarm by contacting Coastguards
at 2.30pm when their boats capsized in the choppy Bristol Channel
man, who was only wearing a T-shirt, dropped his phone during
the call and the Coastguard could not reconnect with him.
crews from Weston were launched and a distress signal was also
sent to nearby boats. After 45 minutes of searching, a 29ft speed
boat called Outcast managed to find the kayakers - a lady in her
twenties and a man aged in his thirties - and then pulled them
out of the water.
Coastguard spokesman said: "We believe they had spent the
night at Steep Holm and came back the following afternoon when
the weather had got much worse. The winds were much stronger and
faster than they were on Saturday and the water was quite choppy.
Thankfully they were wearing their lifejackets."