Norman’s Bay kayaker rescued

Eastbourne lifeboat
Eastbourne lifeboat

A KAYAKER who fell out of his boat at Pevensey and spent an hour trying to attract someone’s attention was rescued by Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat on Wednesday morning, May 22.

The man was enjoying the Norman’s Bay sunshine and angling a few hundred metres offshore in his kayak when he fell out while stowing his fishing gear.

Fortunately, he was well equipped with a wet suit and buoyancy aid but had no means of summoning help and was forced to wave at anglers on the beach to attract attention.

After some time he was noticed by concerned onlookers who contacted Dover Coastguard.

The volunteer crew from Eastbourne assembled and were afloat within five minutes of the request to launch and with helmsman Paul Rogers in command were on scene within 12 minutes.

The kayaker was cold and shaken but otherwise unharmed and was returned to shore with his craft and passed into the care of a waiting Coastguard officer.