Kyle RNLI called to assist canoeing family in trouble off Applecross Peninsula

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 12:35pm Friday 25th May, after an urgent ‘Pan Pan’ radio message was received from a group of canoeists in difficulty due to the worsening choppy & windy conditions

A crew member holds the lifeboat on the shore whilst another crew member is walking towards the young child

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle crew going to assess the condition of the casualties

Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen launched at 12:44pm at the request of the UK Coastguard after the urgent ‘Pan Pan’ VHF radio message was received from a family group out in a canoe. The lifeboat made best speed north towards the groups last known position east of Toscaig on the Applecross peninsula, and arrived on scene just before 1:00pm.

The lifeboat crew quickly located the family group of 2 adults and a 3 year old child, who had safely made it to shore and were sheltering from the swell. 2 crew members went ashore to ensure everyone was accounted for, and to ensure there were no injuries. Once it was established everyone was safe and well, the crew transferred the casualties to the lifeboat and took the canoe under tow back to Toscaig, where the group had set off from.

At 1:25pm, the lifeboat crew transferred the casualties to Toscaig beach before setting off back to Kyle. The lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service at 1:50pm.

Speaking of the incident, a spokesperson said ‘The family group consisted of 5 people in kayaks and a canoe. They were well prepared and set off from Toscaig in good weather, however the conditions soon worsened. The 2 kayaks lost sight of the canoe in the choppy conditions, and they did the correct thing by alerting the emergency services.’

Notes to editors:

  • For further information on the casualties, please contact the UK Coastguard
  • Please credit pictures to Kyle RNLI
  • The first picture shows 2 crew members going ashore to ensure the casualties were ok
  • The second picture shows the family onboard the lifeboat and their canoe being towed back to Toscaig

RNLI media contacts:

Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Public Relations Manager Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

The family are sat on the lifeboat with their canoe being towed alongside the lifeboat

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle lifeboat with the family on board, and canoe under tow

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