Largs Lifeboat launches to Capsized Kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

Largs RNLI relief lifeboat B-850, “Edna May”, launched at 12.25pm today (Saturday 20/03) in response to a report of two kayakers in the water off Wemyss Bay.

Largs RNLI lifeboat proceeding to the casualty under the watchful eye of HMS Queen Elizabeth. ([email protected])

Largs RNLI lifeboat proceeding to the casualty under the watchful eye of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The volunteer crew proceeded at best possible speed and once on-scene they found that the two persons and both kayaks had been picked up by an MOD Police launch and landed onshore to the North of Wemyss Bay pier both safe and well.

The crew then returned to station and adopting Covid procedures was refuelled and rehoused at 1.30pm.

Further info revealed that one of the kayaks had capsized and whilst trying to assist his companion also capsized.

The MOD police launch was one of a number of vessels escorting the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and thus, fortunately, was able to provide a quick response to this incident.


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For more information please contact Alasdair Woods, Largs RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, [email protected] on 07860 632524 or Dave Hewitt snr, Deputy Largs RNLI Volunteer Press Officer , [email protected] on 07552 064621 Or Martin Macnamara, Media Officer for Scotland, on 07920365929, [email protected]

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