A diving team from Dorset have rescued a tourist trying to sail to Ireland in an inflatable dingy. The American, who only had one oar and a sail made from a piece of sheeting, was found a few miles out to sea off Weymouth.
Fred and Stacey spoke to Nigel Holder, one of the team that rescued him.
A man attempting to sail from Dorset to Ireland in an inflatable dinghy has been rescued. Portland Coastguard received a call just after 3pm yesterday reporting concern for the man in the six foot blow-up vessel, floating south of Durdle Door.
Having first refused help, he was then rescued by a local dive ship and taken into Lulworth Cove where he was met by coastguards, police and paramedics. He received treatment for a high degree of sunburn
Portland Coastguard said that the man was fortunate to be spotted and rescued.
A man attempting to sail from Dorset to Ireland in an inflatable dinghy has been rescued.
Portland Coastguard received a call just after 3pm yesterday reporting concern for the man in the six foot blow-up vessel, floating around 2.7 nautical miles south of Durdle Door.
He was heading to Ireland with just two paddles - one used as a mast accompanied by a plastic sheet as a sail, the other as a rudder to steer.
Having first refused help, he was then rescued by a local dive ship and taken into Lulworth Cove where he was met by coastguards, police and paramedics.
He received treatment for a high degree of sunburn. It later transpired that the man left Osmington Mills at 9am that morning.
This man was extremely lucky to be found when he was. With no suitable communications equipment, limited life saving equipment and inadequate food and drink resources for his passage to Ireland, the outcome could have been very different.
If you’re planning to head out to sea, the key is to be well prepared. Inflatable dinghies, such as this, are unsuitable and not recommended for coastal passages of this nature.
It’s also vital to have appropriate VHF/DSC communications, life saving equipment and the resources to sustain a venture such as this person intended.
– John Braisher, Watch Officer at Portland Coastguard
The heat is being blamed for a dramatic rise in the number of 999 ambulance calls - thousands of which are totally unnecessary. It means the service is being stretched the limit and real emergencies could take longer to respond to.
Last weekend there were almost 4,500 calls in our region alone and over 3,000 of those were not life threatening.
Tonight, we spoke to Neil Cook from the ambulance service about the problem.
During very hot weather, pregnant women and people who have chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal conditions, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, may experience discomfort if indoor temperatures are particularly hot and in using public transport.
Employers should ensure indoor areas are kept cool and consider allowing these individuals to travel to or from their place of work during cooler, or less busy, times of the day. For those working or exercising outdoors, strenuous physical exertion during the hottest part of the day should be kept to a minimum.
Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks.
The elderly and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it's important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.
– Dr Jenny Harries, Regional Director of Public Health England