NCI Press Release 5th August, 2020

A volunteer Watchkeeper from the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) at Rossall Point, Fleetwood, was involved in an incident last Sunday (2nd August) involving HM Coastguard and Fleetwood RNLI.

A kayak, with an adult and child aboard, was seen in difficulty and drifting out on the tide. Roger Oakley, a volunteer with NCI for the past three years and on watch at the time, was soon in contact with HM Coastguard at Holyhead and was asked to keep the Coastguard updated, whilst help was mobilised.

At one stage, the casualties on the kayak, appeared to cling onto a buoy as the kayak drifted past on the tide.

Fleetwood Coastguard and Fleetwood RNLI were soon on the scene and the Fleetwood RNLI in-shore lifeboat collected both casualties and towed the kayak back to the shore, where they were met by the Coastguard.

Neither casualties required medical assistance.

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