Copper Coast Flotilla: VMR 508
Call sign: “Sea Rescue Copper coast”
The Copper Coast Flotilla of the South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron is based at Wallaroo and covers the eastern coast of Spencer Gulf, from Port Broughton in the North, through to Cape Elizabeth in the South. With such a large area to cover, we need to use trailable vessels in order to reach a particular emergency in reasonable time.
Sea Rescue Copper Coast rescues Kayaker from 2 metre seas.
This is a real incident with this short video clipped from a longer one made by the victim using a GoPro camera on his head.
It was a stormy day with the sea running 2 metres at the beach and we received a call asking if we would pick up a unattended floating kayak that was in Wallaroo Bay.
The caller was asked if they could see a person as a kayak would not be out there on its own. After looking around the caller then came back and said that he had seen a head like object go over a wave. A crew was called and with about 30 minutes of daylight left, SR04 was launched.
At the start of the video, the victim has already been in the water for about 30 minutes and has probably 30 minutes left before becoming hyperthermic. The only time the victim realises that all of his troubles are over is when he turns his head and sees SR04.
As the video starts you will see he has picked up a piece of wood that was floating past and is using it to try and get more purchase in the water. As a wave crashed over him, you will hear him cough as he takes in water.
Thanks to Sea Rescue Copper Coast for their skills and for the video
SA Sea Rescue Squadron CCF
PO Box 245
Wallaroo, SA 5556
Phone: (08) 8823 2468
Mobile: 0427 888 995
Drop in to see us at the radio base on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays.