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Arran RNLI rescue distressed kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

Arran RNLI’s busy summer continued as the volunteer crew rushed to the rescue of two kayakers.

At 11.30am on the 4 May 2019 the pagers sounded and Arran’s volunteer crew rushed to the station for the 9th callout of the year.

The Arran RNLI volunteer crew were informed by Belfast Coastguard that two kayakers were ashore on the south end of Holy Isle. The call was reported by their two companies who had made it ashore near Kings Cross to the south of Lamlash. The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick to come swiftly to the casualties aid. After locating the casualties and administering casualty care the decision was made to evacuate both kayakers to Lamlash Pier and an awaiting ambulance for further treatment.

Arran RNLI crew member Karen Lindsay-Smith said, “We’re all delighted that everyone got home safe and the two kayakers didn’t suffer any serious injuries. Call outs like today illustrate why it’s always important to carry a method of calling for help. A mobile, radio, flare or even letting someone on the shore know when to expect you back are all essential to enjoy the sea safely.”.

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