Lifeboats Launched To Major Air & Sea Search 06/10/2018

Poole Lifeboats, Swanage lifeboats and helicopters from Fishguard and Lee-on-Solent have been involved with an extensive major air and sea search for a missing Kayaker.

Poole Lifeboats launched just after 14.15 on Saturday October 6 to search for a person who had been taking part in a kayak race from Knoll Beach at Studland heading to Swanage Pier.
The alarm was raised as the kayaker was overdue and unaccounted for, conditions off Studland Bay were quite rough, with north easterly winds gusting 5 to 6.

The D Class from Poole returned to station at 7pm, it had saturated the area from Studland along Old Harry with crew put ashore searching the caves and areas under and around Old Harry Rocks, as night fell and with the worsening conditions, the D class was stood down.

Poole Lifeboat stood down later that evening but Swanage, Weymouth and Yarmouth Lifeboat continued still searching alongside a helicopter.

At around 10.30 on Sunday October 7th Poole Lifeboat re launched to continue to assist with the seach.

Sadly on Sunday afternoon Alistair’s body was found 22 nautical miles south of Tyneham. He was located in the water alongside his kayak by the coastguard fixed wing aircraft and recovered from the water by HMS Tyne and transferred to Poole Hospital by coastguard helicopter.  The extensive search was carried out with RNLI lifeboats from Swanage, Poole, Yarmouth, Mudeford, Bembridge and Weymouth, along with Coastguard Rescue Teams from Swanage, St Albans, Kimmeridge and Lulworth and Dorset Police. Coastguard helicopters from Lee-on-Solent, St Athan and Newquay searched overnight and the coastguard fixed wing aircraft was brought in this morning as the search area widened.

We would like to thank everyone who assisted in the search and who has shared the appeal.