Kayaker rescued by lifeboat

By a County Press reporter

Friday, February 21, 2014


A MAN had a lucky escape yesterday evening (Thursday) when he was knocked out of his kayak, while fishing, near Prince's Green, Gurnard.

Rob Pragnell, 45, was in a 13ft 6ins yellow kayak when a wave crashed into him.

In a statement issued by Cowes RNLI, he said: "I managed to cling on to the craft, but try as I might I could not climb back on board without it rolling me out again.

"I must have attempted this four or five times. And it was no good me trying to swim ashore in that current either."

The painter and decorator was wearing a floatation suit.

After approximately twenty minutes in the water, he managed to use his kayak's onboard radio to contact Solent Coastguards.

Cowes RNLI launched a lifeboat at 5.46pm and safely brought Mr Pragnell back to shore by 6pm.

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