UPDATE: Paddleboarders rescued after getting into difficulty off Boscombe beach

Bournemouth Echo: Paddleboarders in difficulty, Boscombe Paddleboarders in difficulty, Boscombe

COASTGUARDS rushed to help paddleboarders that were said to be in difficulty off Boscombe Beach this afternoon.

A Portland Coastguard helicopter was at the scene along with the RNLI after 4pm.

A coastguard spokesperson said: "There were eight paddleboarders in total. Two of them were a little tired and kept falling off their boards.

"All of them have been persuaded to leave the water as it is getting dark. Given the weather conditions and the time of day, it is safer to have them out of the water."

He added that some of the paddleboarders had made it ashore by themselves to Southbourne beach, while others had come in via the lifeboat.

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4:33pm Sat 25 Jan 14

madras says...

'Some paddleboarders have got into a pickle.'

Priceless - great comment!
'Some paddleboarders have got into a pickle.' Priceless - great comment! madras

5:04pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

Wind gusting force 9 strong gale. All paddle and no brains! Let's hope they have made suitable donations to their rescuers.
Wind gusting force 9 strong gale. All paddle and no brains! Let's hope they have made suitable donations to their rescuers. Old Colonial

5:24pm Sat 25 Jan 14

spooki says...

While is good that they were saved, haven't they forecast high winds and rain here for the last few days? There's been a yellow warning for rain at least since Thursday.
While is good that they were saved, haven't they forecast high winds and rain here for the last few days? There's been a yellow warning for rain at least since Thursday. spooki

6:00pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Isosceles says...

They should have been left there - Darwin's 'survival of the fittest'.
They should have been left there - Darwin's 'survival of the fittest'. Isosceles

6:04pm Sat 25 Jan 14

richardcompton3 says...

Old Colonial wrote:
Wind gusting force 9 strong gale. All paddle and no brains! Let's hope they have made suitable donations to their rescuers.
Donations? They should be made to pay the full cost! Mindless idiots!
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: Wind gusting force 9 strong gale. All paddle and no brains! Let's hope they have made suitable donations to their rescuers.[/p][/quote]Donations? They should be made to pay the full cost! Mindless idiots! richardcompton3

6:53pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Lucky Rich says...

Glad they are safe & well ,but another case of not enough homework on where you are & what you are doing.
Glad they are safe & well ,but another case of not enough homework on where you are & what you are doing. Lucky Rich

7:45pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Kevin_123 says...

You have to be very careful when out in the sea. I am glad the rescue services acted well and saved the day, credit to them.
You have to be very careful when out in the sea. I am glad the rescue services acted well and saved the day, credit to them. Kevin_123

9:29pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

"All of them have been persuaded to leave the water as it is getting dark. Given the weather conditions and the time of day, it is safer to have them out of the water." .
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If they had to be persuaded instead of doing it themselves then they are, in my view, mindless idiots who should be under the care of the medical profession.
"All of them have been persuaded to leave the water as it is getting dark. Given the weather conditions and the time of day, it is safer to have them out of the water." . . If they had to be persuaded instead of doing it themselves then they are, in my view, mindless idiots who should be under the care of the medical profession. Hessenford

9:44pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Send them the bill.
Send them the bill. Yankee1

10:53pm Sat 25 Jan 14

ragj195 says...

Checking the forecast it seems the wind shifted from SW to slight NW. I windsurf in very strong SW winds off Southbourne beach because provided you stick with your board the worst that can happen is you get blown back to shore. The moment it turns to W/NW I get back in asap because if you get into trouble you'll be blown out to sea in no time.

There's nothing unsafe about being out in strong winds, provided you're not alone and you're quick to spot a change of wind direction which perhaps they didn't.
Checking the forecast it seems the wind shifted from SW to slight NW. I windsurf in very strong SW winds off Southbourne beach because provided you stick with your board the worst that can happen is you get blown back to shore. The moment it turns to W/NW I get back in asap because if you get into trouble you'll be blown out to sea in no time. There's nothing unsafe about being out in strong winds, provided you're not alone and you're quick to spot a change of wind direction which perhaps they didn't. ragj195

10:56pm Sat 25 Jan 14

ragj195 says...

Isosceles wrote:
They should have been left there - Darwin's 'survival of the fittest'.
Yeah, and if you ever smoke, drink or eat anything unhealthy, then expect to use the NHS you'd be a complete hypocrite.
[quote][p][bold]Isosceles[/bold] wrote: They should have been left there - Darwin's 'survival of the fittest'.[/p][/quote]Yeah, and if you ever smoke, drink or eat anything unhealthy, then expect to use the NHS you'd be a complete hypocrite. ragj195

1:03am Sun 26 Jan 14

Ryan James says...

What a crock of **** I was there and paddling no one needed to get on the inshore life boat they were asked to . You muppets have no idea what your talking about. A great session was had by all it's great to know the RNLI were there even though they weren't needed. In fact in some ceases the coast guard were interfering with a extreme pursuit that was in control with easy exit from the water at any point. Unfortunately the members of the public that made the call don't use the water, think we're inexperienced. all paddled the 7.5 mile course planned except from those asked by the RNLI to exit.. For those muppets who wish to comment, do some research first before you comment. Thanks for the support from the RNLI and coastguard, but you weren't needed. It was an utter waste of tax payers money. But I'm sure the guys on the helo and inshore life life boat had fun.
What a crock of **** I was there and paddling no one needed to get on the inshore life boat they were asked to . You muppets have no idea what your talking about. A great session was had by all it's great to know the RNLI were there even though they weren't needed. In fact in some ceases the coast guard were interfering with a extreme pursuit that was in control with easy exit from the water at any point. Unfortunately the members of the public that made the call don't use the water, think we're inexperienced. all paddled the 7.5 mile course planned except from those asked by the RNLI to exit.. For those muppets who wish to comment, do some research first before you comment. Thanks for the support from the RNLI and coastguard, but you weren't needed. It was an utter waste of tax payers money. But I'm sure the guys on the helo and inshore life life boat had fun. Ryan James

7:27am Sun 26 Jan 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Idiots need a big fine.
Idiots need a big fine. Letcommonsenseprevail

9:30am Sun 26 Jan 14

ragj195 says...

Ryan James wrote:
What a crock of **** I was there and paddling no one needed to get on the inshore life boat they were asked to . You muppets have no idea what your talking about. A great session was had by all it's great to know the RNLI were there even though they weren't needed. In fact in some ceases the coast guard were interfering with a extreme pursuit that was in control with easy exit from the water at any point. Unfortunately the members of the public that made the call don't use the water, think we're inexperienced. all paddled the 7.5 mile course planned except from those asked by the RNLI to exit.. For those muppets who wish to comment, do some research first before you comment. Thanks for the support from the RNLI and coastguard, but you weren't needed. It was an utter waste of tax payers money. But I'm sure the guys on the helo and inshore life life boat had fun.
"For those muppets who wish to comment, do some research first before you comment"

Ahh come on, that would be boring wouldn't it. They would much prefer to come out with comments like "send them the bill" then expect the NHS to bale them out when their inactive, unhealthy lifestyles come back to bite them.
[quote][p][bold]Ryan James[/bold] wrote: What a crock of **** I was there and paddling no one needed to get on the inshore life boat they were asked to . You muppets have no idea what your talking about. A great session was had by all it's great to know the RNLI were there even though they weren't needed. In fact in some ceases the coast guard were interfering with a extreme pursuit that was in control with easy exit from the water at any point. Unfortunately the members of the public that made the call don't use the water, think we're inexperienced. all paddled the 7.5 mile course planned except from those asked by the RNLI to exit.. For those muppets who wish to comment, do some research first before you comment. Thanks for the support from the RNLI and coastguard, but you weren't needed. It was an utter waste of tax payers money. But I'm sure the guys on the helo and inshore life life boat had fun.[/p][/quote]"For those muppets who wish to comment, do some research first before you comment" Ahh come on, that would be boring wouldn't it. They would much prefer to come out with comments like "send them the bill" then expect the NHS to bale them out when their inactive, unhealthy lifestyles come back to bite them. ragj195

1:29pm Sun 26 Jan 14

joannehamiltonvale says...

I was one of the people who was told to get in the lifeboat. There was no need for me to get in as I felt comfortable paddling and was less than 1km from the end of my paddle. If at anytime I had felt unsafe I could have exited immediately as we ensured we had constant exit points along the whole distance of our paddle, which we discussed in a safety briefing before leaving Sandbanks. I was only in the boat for a few minutes before the RNLI put me back in the water to finish my paddle to shore. I am sure if they thought at anytime I was in danger they would have not allowed me back in the water to paddle in through the high shore break.

We are all experienced paddlers and were all enjoying the conditions but must thank the RNLI for their concern.
I was one of the people who was told to get in the lifeboat. There was no need for me to get in as I felt comfortable paddling and was less than 1km from the end of my paddle. If at anytime I had felt unsafe I could have exited immediately as we ensured we had constant exit points along the whole distance of our paddle, which we discussed in a safety briefing before leaving Sandbanks. I was only in the boat for a few minutes before the RNLI put me back in the water to finish my paddle to shore. I am sure if they thought at anytime I was in danger they would have not allowed me back in the water to paddle in through the high shore break. We are all experienced paddlers and were all enjoying the conditions but must thank the RNLI for their concern. joannehamiltonvale

4:13pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Peggy Babcock says...

A whole host of daft comments and shoddy reporting. The paddle boarders DID NOT call the coastguard
A whole host of daft comments and shoddy reporting. The paddle boarders DID NOT call the coastguard Peggy Babcock

7:42pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Lucky Rich says...

May be paddle boarders an idea you might use on a group trip like that is one that the local kayak fishing people do , phone the coast guard with a paddle plan ,how many in your group & your route with start & finish point ......then when your all ashore at the end of your trip phone them again to tell them you are finished & fine , saves a lot of hassle when joe public phone 999 because they think they have seen people in distress ......might be a good idea to have a vhf radio on one of you to ,,,,mobiles can be crap at sea level ............stay safe & enjoy,,,,,,,,,Rich.
May be paddle boarders an idea you might use on a group trip like that is one that the local kayak fishing people do , phone the coast guard with a paddle plan ,how many in your group & your route with start & finish point ......then when your all ashore at the end of your trip phone them again to tell them you are finished & fine , saves a lot of hassle when joe public phone 999 because they think they have seen people in distress ......might be a good idea to have a vhf radio on one of you to ,,,,mobiles can be crap at sea level ............stay safe & enjoy,,,,,,,,,Rich. Lucky Rich

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