Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI rescue capsized kayaker close to the Skye Bridge
Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 2:45pm today, Wednesday 17 May 2017, to assist a Kayaker who had capsized in the rough conditions, and was unable to get out of the water
Kyle lifeboat ‘Spirit of Fred. Olsen’ launched at 2:54pm at the request of the UK Coastguard, after a member of a kayaking group capsized in rough weather and was trapped in the water approximately 1 mile west of the Skye bridge.
The lifeboat made best speed towards the casualty and arrived on scene within 3 minutes, by which time a local fishing boat had arrived to offer assistance. The lifeboat took the female casualty on board and assessed her condition, before transferring her to the waiting ambulance at the pontoons in Kyle.
The lifeboat then returned to the station and was refuelled and made ready for service by 3:20pm.
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