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Search for overdue sea kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat launched shortly after 7pm last night following the report of an overdue kayaker. The kayaker, who was paddling from Lunga in the Treshnish Isles to the Isle of Ulva off the west coast of Mull, had filed a passage plan with Stornoway Coastguard but had not been heard from sin

Tobermory Severn Class Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay departing the berth

RNLI/Dr Sam Jones

Tobermory Severn Class Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay departing the berth
The lifeboat carried out a search between Lunga and Ulva. Whilst searching in the vicinity of the kayaker's proposed campsite on the south west side of Ulva, one of the lifeboat crew spotted a tent and a man nearby. The lifeboat's daughter craft, the Y boat, was deployed with two crew aboard who quickly established that the man was the missing kayaker and had been unable to contact the Coastguard via his VHF radio or mobile phone.

Second Coxswain James Fairbairns said: 'This was a very well equipped kayaker following best practice by informing the Coastguard of his intentions which is why we were able to locate him so quickly.'

For advice from the RNLI on how to enjoy kayaking safely, please visit https://rnli.org/…/choose-your-activi…/kayaking-and-canoeing

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