Kayaker rescued after becoming overwhelmed by north coast tidal currents

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A KAYAKER had to be rescued by a Fire and Rescue Service inshore lifeboat near Bouley Bay last night (6 August) after being overwhelmed by tidal currents.

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service lifeboat. Picture: Jersey Fire and Rescue (28975981)

Following a request from Jersey Coastguard, five firefighters based at the St Helier station responded to the incident at 7.37pm and headed to the north coast spot.

The kayaker was quickly found, picked up by the lifeboat and taken back to shore 'uninjured but a bit tired'.

A statement issued by the service, said: 'The lady and a friend had originally set out from Bouley Bay with the plan of ending their paddle at Bonne Nuit, however conditions quickly became more challenging as they neared Belle Hougue point and they decided to return to Bouley Bay. This required a paddle against the tide which is when the lady required assistance.

'Both persons were wearing appropriate safety equipment for the paddle and they made the right decision not to progress around the point which had become rougher than when they originally set off.'

The service also thanked swimmers and divers who quickly moved off the slipway at Bouley Bay when the firefighters arrived to launch their lifeboat.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor

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