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Port St Mary recover runaway kayak in early morning call out

Lifeboats News Release

Port St Mary RNLI volunteer inshore lifeboat crew were paged at 6.45am on Sunday (12th July) by UK Coastguards to aid the recovery of an upturned Kayak in the bay at Gansey.

Yellow kayak on the shore

RNLI/Port St Mary

The recovered kayak
It was a partly cloudy morning with a slight sea state and a 3 to 4 south westerly wind.

The RNLI volunteer crew searched the area and recovered the vessel which was taken back to port St Mary’s lifeboat station where it was discovered that it was a kayak that had been reported lost one week earlier all the way from Ballywalter in Northern Ireland.

The owner Albert Boul was contacted and he confirmed via photograph that it was his.

Seeing the funny side, Albert said: 'It must have fancied a week's cruise across the Irish Sea!”

He sent his heart felt thanks to the crew, and hopes to be reunited with his kayak very soon.

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