Invergordon Lifeboat called into action after report of capsized kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeen’s HM Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI Invergordon Lifeboat at 3.23pm Sunday 13th October to locate and assist a sole kayaker in difficulty off Saltburn Pier.

RNLI Invergordon Lifeboat picking up upturned Kayak

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

RNLI Invergordon Lifeboat picking up upturned Kayak
The Volunteer crew launched the RNLI All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat at 3:30pm, with a crew of 7 and made best speed towards Saltburn Pier, with crew preparing the XP Daughter craft on route, ready to deploy once on scene.

Arriving on scene some 2 minutes after leaving the West Harbour berth, a yellow up turned kayak was spotted around 20 metre's from shoreline, with no persons visible. It was soon discovered that the single kayaker was assisted ashore by a team of two First Responder's who are part of Alness First Responder', who happened to be in the area of the time of difficulty, who also carried out an assessment to which no injuries were reported.

The ALB crew quickly secured the kayak and brought this and belongings which were floating in the area on-board the lifeboat for a quick transit back to Invergordon West Harbour.

Invergordon Lifeboat spokesperson Michael MacDonald stated “After such an unfortunate incident, this brings home the water safety element of kayaking. Conditions can change quickly and, if you’re not prepared, you can easily get caught out. More can be found online at http://www.rnli.org/safety

The Lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 4.30pm.

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