Craster lifeboat assists struggling Kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

At 2:29pm on Thursday 16 August, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Craster RNLI lifeboat.

As the lifeboat was launching, reports came in that it was for a woman and her two young kids ¼ mile off land struggling against a moderate westerly wind to get back to shore on their kayaks.

The crew made best speed possible, upon arrival on scene, the family were located around ½ mile off shore and found to be well but rather cold.

They were all wearing lifejackets, so the crew brought the mother and kids aboard the lifeboat and took the kayak in tow and transferred them back to shore to a relieved father and husband.

Howick Coastguard were also in attendance and gave safety advice.

At 3:15pm the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station where it was refuelled, rehoused and made ready for service again.

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