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Doctor warns about kayak safety

A doctor has warned water users to be aware of those around them after escaping with minor injuries when a kayak landed on his head. David Burton of Barnstaple Brannam Medical Centre suffered a broken bone in his neck following the incident, which happened at Saunton, north Devon, on Saturday (August 25th). According to the North Devon Journal, he was surfing … More

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Sailor rescued on the River Tyne

Rescue boats were called out on the river Tyne yesterday (August 23rd) as a man became stranded near Jarrow after his boat broke down. At around 11:00 BST, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and Northumbria Police's Marine Unit were called into action to rescue the boat, which had become grounded on the river bank. The engine had leaked and … More

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Boat owners urged to “always” wear lifejackets

Boat owners have been encouraged to stay safe on the water by wearing a lifejacket at all times. This is the advice of coastguards in Northern Ireland, issued after crews were called to a sinking vessel at Castlerock on Sunday afternoon (August 5th), the Coleraine Times reports. Two people on board a 20 ft boat found themselves in difficulties when … More

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Kayaker rescued by lifeboat crew
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A man may have been saved from having to make a kayak insurance claim after he was rescued by Ilfracombe lifeboat crew. The emergency crews were called to the scene after the kayaker repeatedly fell off his vessel in Hele Bay. A concerned member of the public called for help and the inshore lifeboat, the Deborah Brown II, was launched … More

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Firefighters battle to save caravan from cylinder explosion
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Firefighters may have reduced the size of a claim that needs to be made on a caravan insurance policy after battling to stop a propane gas cylinder from exploding. Lodge Lane in Benthall, Broseley, had to be sealed off for 90 minutes during the drama, the Shropshire Star reports. The emergency services from Much Wenlock and Tweedale arrived at the … More

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Historic fishing boat sinks
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A local council may have to claim on a boat insurance policy after a historic fishing vessel owned by the body sank. The Esther, which was built in the town in 1888, has been on display at Alexandra Dock alongside the Ross Tiger since 1992, the Grimsby Telegraph reports. It was the last surviving fishing ship and was purchased by … More

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