Fishing boat dramatically rescues child off Welsh coast after kayaks they were in capsized and drifted away from family
- The kayak capsized in Ceibwr Bay, Pembrokeshire, this afternoon
- The father and one of the children clung to the kayak and found refuge in a creek
- The current was too strong for the other child, who started to drift
- All three family members were rescued and no one was injured in the incident
A fishing boat has rescued a child off the Welsh coast after a kayak they were in capsized and they drifted away from their father and brother.
After the kayak capsized in Ceibwr Bay in Pembrokeshire this afternoon, the father and one of the two children clung to a kayak and managed to find shelter in a cove.
But the current was too strong for the other kid who started drifting while hanging on to a separate kayak.
A walker on the coastal path spotted the child in the water and called 999 at 12:38 p.m.
A fishing boat rescued a child in Ceibwr Bay, Pembrokeshire, after a kayak they were in capsized and they drifted away from their father and brother
A Mayday broadcast was sent from HM Coastguard’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Milford Haven and a fishing vessel responded.
The Coastguard Rescue Team from Moylegrove along with the Coastguard helicopter based at St Athan and two RNLI lifeboats from Fishguard were also dispatched.
The child was rescued by the fishing boat and the three kayakers were taken to Fishguard by a lifeboat where they were checked. No one was injured during the accident.
The father and one of the two children clung to a kayak and managed to find refuge in a creek but the current was too strong for the other child who began to drift, clinging to a separate kayak and a walker on the coastal path who spotted the child in the water called 999
Max Hawkins, senior maritime operations officer for HM Coastguard, said: ‘Fortunately this incident ended safely and we are very grateful to the person who called 999 and asked for the coastguard after spotting that something was wrong. And we are also grateful to the fishing boat that turned away to help.
“The three kayakers involved were using kayaks suitable for the sea and were all wearing flotation aids – this undoubtedly helped them. But even the most experienced can be surprised by changing tides or weather conditions.
“It’s always helpful to have a cell phone or another way to call for help. If you’re sea kayaking, carry a phone in a waterproof bag or pack a 406 personal locator beacon for more remote locations.