The volunteer crew of Stromness Lifeboat attended the Birsay Bay area this afternoon to assist kayakers in difficulty
On a bright, sunny Orcadian afternoon a group of kayakers found themselves in difficulty off Birsay Bay in the north-west of Orkney Mainland. They had managed to get themselves ashore when the lifeboat arrived to find the coastguard had everything in hand. Unfortunately, one of the kayaks had been lost so the lifeboat crew conducted a search - sadly fruitless - before returning to Stromness for re-fuelling and readiness for the next service by 15:00.
Key facts about the RNLI
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.