Yesterday, Saturday 25 March at approximately 1.30 pm, the UK Coastguard was asked to assist the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to rescue a man stranded in his kayak in mud near Northern Bridge in Southampton.
The Lymington and Hill Head Coastguard Mud Rescue Teams, with the support of Southampton Coastguard Rescue Team, were sent to assist the Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Police. The kayaker was stranded far away from the river edge. With the use of specialist mud rescue equipment, members of the Hill Head and Lymington team managed to bring the man back to safety, where he was transferred into the care of the South Central Ambulance Service.
Colin Tabor, Station Officer of the Lymington Coastguard Rescue Team said: ‘This was a technically difficult rescue. Although the gentleman appeared safe and well and was happy to wait until the tide came back in, he would have had to wait about 8 hours. Thankfully we were able to help him back to shore using our specialist rescue equipment.’
The kayaker is believed to be stranded after grounding the kayak on mud and he is sat reading a book.