Published: August 4, 2013
Kayakers rescued near Steep Holm after being thrown from boat

Two 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.

The man and woman were flown by air ambulance to Weston General Hospital where they were being treated for signs of hypothermia.

The kayakers managed to raise the alarm by contacting Coastguards at 2.30pm when their boats capsized in the choppy Bristol Channel estuary.

One man, who was only wearing a T-shirt, dropped his phone during the call and the Coastguard could not reconnect with him.

Lifeboat 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.

A 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."

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