Arbroath RNLI lifeboats launched to assist kayakers

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Both of Arbroath RNLIs Lifeboats launched to reports of two kayakers in difficulty off Victoria Park.

Photo of ILB & kayakers on shoreline at foot of cliffs taken from ALB

RNLI/Rod McLean

ILB & Kayakers from ALB

Volunteers launched the charities inshore (ILB) and all-weather lifeboat (ALB) at 6.15pm this evening (22 June) after a member of the public had reported seeing two kayakers in trouble just off the shore.

Both boats made their way to the scene with the ILB arriving first. The crew of the ILB found the two kayakers safe and well ashore.

It is believed one of the kayakers had capsized, but the pair had been able to get themselves to safety.

ILB Helm, Alastair Keeble, said ‘On this occasion the pair were experienced, well equipped and managed to execute a self rescue. The cliffs at Arbroath are a great place to explore on a kayak, but, we do advise people to wear some form of floatation device and carry a means of calling for help, to stay safe while enjoying time on the water’

The crew checked the kayakers were both well, and confirmed they were happy to carry on their evening paddle.

Both boats then returned to station and were washed, refuelled and made ready for the next callout.

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