On Thursday February 2 at around 6.45pm, Brisbane Water Police and Redland Bay Water Police were deployed to the vicinity of Peel Island and Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island after information that a woman who had been paddling an inflatable kayak in the area had fatigued and was unable to make it to land.
A marine search commenced with Police vessel Stewart Kerlin, Raby Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue and North Stradbroke Volunteer Marine Rescue.
Polair was rendered and commenced an aerial search.
After dark, Polair located the missing kayaker on the exposed sand of Bird Island. Police were able to navigate through the shallow channels and reached the woman.
She was safe and well, however just underestimated the afternoon weather conditions. She was well prepared and was wearing a life jacket, had comprehensive water supply and communication via mobile telephone.
She stated that she was participating in a social media mobile game called ‘Ingress’, which involves fitness and reaching landmarks.
Water Police assisted in reuniting her with family and friends at Raby Bay.
This is an important reminder to all sea goers that it is critical that you know the forecasted weather conditions, the area that you are travelling to and your own ability in the sea.
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