A KAYAKER spent 45 minutes at sea after getting into trouble while fishing until rescued by coastguards.
The man who had been fishing off Littlehampton was able to call HM Coastguard on 999 because he had his phone in a waterproof case.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said his kayak began to sink.
The Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team and Littlehampton RNLI were dispatched to search for the man.
During the search, the kayaker was able to call back and give a better position.
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said this helped the lifeboat find its exact position.
The kayaker was rescued and brought ashore.
Following Monday’s incident, Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team’s Darren Crisp stressed the importance of being prepared for emergencies when going into open water.
“Not only did the kayaker have his phone in a waterproof bag, but he was wearing a full wetsuit and was also wearing a personal buoyancy aid,” he said.
“That meant he was buoyant for the 45 minutes he was in the water.
“He also did the right thing by sticking with his kayak, which helped him too.”
Darren reminded people to wear a personal flotation device and the right gear, make sure they have a way to contact shore, and in an emergency to call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20272290.kayaker-got-difficulty-fishing-rescued-littlehampton-coastguard/?ref=rss Kayaker who got into trouble while fishing was rescued by Littlehampton Coastguard