Skipper had been attempting to help a fellow kayaker when he was flipped out of his boat

A man had to be rescued on Saturday after

he fell from his boat and it continued to circle out of control around him. 

The man had been acting as a safety boat

for several pedalos off Swanage when he noticed a child being blown

out to sea on a kayak.

As he made his way towards the child, he

was flipped out of his boat and into the water.

The driver was not wearing a kill cord,

meaning the boat continued to circle around him with no one at the helm.

Other personal motorboats in the area were

able to assist the man, bring the boat under control and helping him back on


Portland Coastguard watch manager Cindy

Rodaway, said: “We are very relieved that everyone is safe and well and that there are

no injuries resulting from this incident.

“This incident highlights the importance of wearing a kill cord whilst

in charge of a motorboat. The kill cord, is designed to kill your engine in the event of you going


“All owners and

drivers of open powerboats, personal watercraft and RIBs should ensure that if

their boat is fitted with a kill switch and kill cord, it is correctly used. 

“On a powerboat

the kill cord should be attached securely around the thigh and on a personal

watercraft it should be attached to the buoyancy aid.”

This latest

incident comes just two weeks after another couple had to be rescued when they

were thrown into the water
as their boat continued to circle around them because the

skipper was not wearing a kill cord.

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