Thurso RNLI lifeboat rescues three kayakers
Thurso RNLI Lifeboat The Taylors was launched at 3.40 pm on Sunday 25th July in response to the report of four kayakers in difficulty at Duncansbay Stacks, near John O'Groats.Three kayakers were believed to be stuck on the rocks and the remaining one was adrift in the sea.
The lifeboat arrived on scene at 4.30pm and was informed by the Coastguard that the one kayaker had made it safely ashore at the Bay of Sannick, John O'Groats and was being looked after by the local Coastguard. The Taylors then proceeded to search for the remaining three kayakers. The inflatable 'Y boat' was deployed and the three casualties were traced. Clambering onto the cliff face, they were unable to climb up and could only be rescued from the sea or by helicopter. All three, two males and a female, were rescued off the rocks by the 'Y boat' crew pushing the front of the boat onto the rocks and grabbing the casualties. They were then transferred to The Taylors where they were checked over.
The Taylors returned to Scrabster at 6pm and handed the three kayakers over to the Coastguard.
In response to the rescue, local Coastguard teams, Wick and Longhope lifeboats were also deployed.
It is understood that a passing member of the public made the Coastguard aware that the four kayakers had gotten into difficulties.
Thurso RNLI Coxswain Andy Pearson stressed the importance of any person using the sea to make sure they are properly equipped with buoyancy aids and to carry some form of communication in case something goes wrong so they can contact the emergency services.
At 6.30pm whilst in Scrabster harbour The Taylors got a second call to assist Pentland Yacht Club rescue boat that had broken down in Thurso Bay. The lifeboat successfully towed the vessel back into Scrabster harbour.
The Taylors was then refuelled, cleaned and made ready for service.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.