DRUNK MEN IN KAYAK RECOVERED FROM SOLENT SHIPPING LANE BY POLICE AFTER TRYING TO GET TO ISLAND

2 drunk men who were seen drifting in a shipping lane in the middle of the Solent were recovered by the Hampshire Police Marine Unit yesterday evening (Monday).

The Marine Police Unit said that the men were apparently trying to reach the Isle of Wight, but were spotted floating about, before being convinced to board the MSU vessel after drifting into a shipping lane, with a container vessel just 10 minutes away from them.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said:

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“We were called at around 18:30 yesterday to reports of 2 intoxicated men who were believed to be acting aggressively in an inflatable kayak in The Solent, 2 miles south of Stokes Bay.

“We sent our marine unit to the scene and convinced the 2 men to get on board.

“Safeguarding advice was given and we dropped them back on land, at Stokes Bay, at around 19:00.”

Hampshire Police Marine Unit’s Sergent Matthew Grandsen spoke about the incident. He said:

“These 2 men had managed to end up in the middle of a shipping lane, with a container ship from Southampton about 10 minutes away from them. Thankfully, we managed to get them safely to shore but it could quite easily have had a different outcome.

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“This incident highlights the very real dangers of drinking alcohol and going out on the water, particularly in inflatable craft which are much more susceptible to the wind. We reminded the 2 individuals involved of how strong the tides in the Solent area are and how quickly they can change, even if the water appears to be calm.

“These men also had no safety equipment onboard their kayak. I would urge members of the public to always make sure they are properly equipped when at sea.”

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chris donahue
chris donahue
13 days ago

Probably got fed up waiting for Red Funnel

Gylees
Gylees
13 days ago

YO ! HO ! HO ! And a bottle of anything really, what couple of wallies

IsleofWighter
IsleofWighter
13 days ago

You couldn’t make it up.
Seems we are a nation of budding drunken seafarers, as well (as football hooligans).
– Make them walk the plank.

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
13 days ago

Idiots….. hope they get charged. Surely it’s illegal to be in control of a small kayak on the sea, it is if your on a pushbike and drunk.

Alan
Alan
Reply to  Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
13 days ago

It’s legal. Tons of people drink while kayaking. Including me.

Tiberius
Tiberius
Reply to  Alan
13 days ago

Alan you mad lad

Steve Williams
Steve Williams
Reply to  Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
13 days ago

It is the same limit as drink driving, but the police are the only ones that can carryout the testing.

Bojosays?
Bojosays?
13 days ago

No charges? Why do I pay for the police

Hope Springs
Hope Springs
13 days ago

How far do we have to go to protect idiots from themselves?

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