Llandudno RNLI launch to kayaker in capsize emergency
The RNLI vounteers of Llandudno were tasked at 11.04am on Monday by HM Coastguard. They were requested to launch and proceed to Rhos on Sea to urgently assist a capsized kayak which was drifting off shore with another kayaker in attendance.
The inshore lifeboat Dr. Barbara Saunderson with three volunteer crew on board made swift progress around the Little Orme to locate the kayaker who had managed to remain with the drifting kayak. The crew were able to recover the person and kayak and return to shore at Rhos on Sea, to place the casualty into the care of the Llandudno Coastguard team, who were present to provide assistance.
A Llandudno RNLI spokesperson added: 'fortunately the rescue occurred in good weather and sea conditions, the kayakers were also well prepared albeit unlucky that the kayak had taken on water. The incident also highlights the wisdom of kayaking with a partner or group in case an accident or problem occurs.'
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