On Tuesday the Finnish coast guard rescued seven Nepalese kayakers who found themselves washed up on an island shore in high winds.
The seven men and their rental kayaks were picked up from an isle off the east coast of Helsinki and taken to safety by a coastal patrol unit. The paddlers had hit trouble between East Villinki and Iso Leikosaari.
The men were relieved to be rescued but did not say what had led them to journey out on the windy Gulf of Finland. One man had fallen out of his kayak and was wet and cold.
At the time of the incident the wind had been blowing at ten metres per second. Today’s forecast had promised blustery winds.
The coast guard urges those wishing to move about on the sea to put to sea only in fine weather, monitor weather conditions closely and only attempt journeys for which they have sufficient skills and experience.