Torbay RNLI volunteers rescue kayaker and tow fishing vessel

The all-weather lifeboat was set to sea to a vessel which had suffered engine failure three miles south of Berry Head. A tow was handed over to the lifeboat from a local trawler.

Whilst the all-weather lifeboat was conducting a tow, Torbay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was tasked to a kayaker who was in difficulty in the water south of Berry Head in choppy easterly conditions. The kayaker had raised the alarm with a Mayday call to the Coastguard. The inshore lifeboat located the casualty and retrieved them from the water, and transferred them to the nearby all-weather lifeboat for medical assessment.

The casualty was then airlifted from the lifeboat and taken to hospital. The inshore lifeboat took over the tow of the disabled vessel, so a helicopter transfer could take place.

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