A KAYAKER had to be rescued by firefighters after he was left clinging to a tree in Christchurch this morning (Monday).
The alarm was raised around 9.15am on Monday by the man’s kayaking buddy who reported he had got into difficulty along the River Avon off Bridge Street in Christchurch.
Having become separated from his boat, he managed to hold onto a tree by the riverbank until help arrived.
Fire crews from the town and Poole responded, along with a Poole-based technical rescue team, and slid a ladder to the casualty who was able to clamber to safety.
Dorset Police and coastguard teams from Southbourne and Poole also attended, and the man was passed into the care of paramedics.
Although suffering from the cold, the man was said by a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson to have been “safe and well”.
His kayak was later located following a search by an RNLI Mudeford Lifeboat crew.
Posting on Facebook afterwards, Southbourne Coastguard commended the casualty for wearing all the appropriate safety equipment and being very familiar with the route.
But the post added: “This just shows that the flow of water and conditions can cause an issue even when well prepared.”