02/2014 and 03/2014 - Kayak adrift N of St Malo


The Channel Islands Air Search aircraft, call sign Air Search One, was called out at 12.15p.m. on Tuesday 11th November 2014 by Cross Corsen MRCC to search for two men who had gone missing whilst kayaking the previous day.

The aircraft took off at 12.45 p.m and headed to the search area approximately 10 miles north of St Malo.

An Airsearch crew member said "The kayak had been discovered earlier without its occupants.  CIAS were asked to search an area of approximately 60 square nautical miles, looking for two men believed to be wearing red or orange coloured clothing.  Despite heavy rain the visibility was good but winds were strong and the seas rough.  After searching for two hours the search aircraft returned to Guernsey for refuelling and to take on fresh crew.  The search was continued and the area covered without anything being found. The crew were stood down at 4.50 p.m."

The aircraft landed at Guernsey at 5.20 p.m., having been airborne for a total of 4 hours and 5 minutes and having searched an area of approximately 60 square miles.