Kayakers’ rescue drills spark coastguard alert

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The kayakers were carrying out rescue drills on the Avon River (photo: Southbourne Coastguard)

PAIR of kayakers practising rescue drills was one of two false alarms in Christchurch attended by a coastguard team yesterday (Thursday).


Responding to a call-out to Avon River, just south of the A35 Christchurch bypass, shortly before 1pm, the Southbourne rescuers found the sailors apparently experiencing difficulty on the water.

However, they were in fact carrying out their own emergency planning exercise. The pair were given advice before the rescue team stood down.

A Facebook post by Southbourne Coastguard afterwards said: “The crew spotted two kayakers that appeared to be in difficulty in the Avon River just south of the Christchurch bypass.

“On further investigation we were able to establish contact with the kayakers who informed us they were practising rescue drills and were not in any trouble.

“We provided suitable advice to prevent any further callouts for this type of activity.”

The crew had just responded to another call, around 11.40am that morning, to reports of a person in trouble in the water off Avon Beach.

However, shortly after arriving at the scene, they found the object in the water was a lobster marker buoy.

This incident was classified as a false alarm with good intent.