Portland Coastguard is warning recreational boaters to check the weatherconditions before they set out and to ensure that they have a way to raisehelp such as VHF radio, distress flares, mini flares or as a back-up, mobile phone. This follows an incident in which twelve canoeists were rescued by 2 local boats and the 2 Swanage RNLI lifeboats after they ran into difficulty off Old Harry Rocks.

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