Two youths rescued from Mersey River while kayaking

Two youths were rescued from the Mersey River on Sunday afternoon. 

The males were struggling to stay within the sheltered waters near the Spirit of Tasmania while they were kayaking.

They contacted Tasmania Police for assistance.

Police were alerted to the incident about 2pm, Tasmania Police Inspector Shane Lefevre said.

“At that time the winds in that area were gusting at around 40 knots and the conditions were poor,” he said.

Just 20 minutes later, the two kayakers were rescued by members of the Western District Police.

“They were shaken and cold but did not require medical assistance. They were assisted by family members,” he said.

Tasmania Police’s vessel Sentinel was used to conduct the rescue. 

Acting Sergeant Scott Poke said safety on the water was everyone’s business. 

“The importance of proper use of safety equipment in all vessels, in all waters should not be overlooked,” he said.

“As with safety on our roads, safety on the water is everybody’s business.”

Tasmania Police did not release the age of the two youths.