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Girvan Lifeboat launched to Mayday Call

Lifeboats News Release

Capsized Kayaker sends mayday call

Lifeboat leaving Girvan Harbour

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Lifeboat Launched on Service

Today Saturday 14th May at 14:49, Girvan Lifeboat was requested for immediate launch by CGOC Belfast in response to a mayday call from a kayaker who had capsized.

Girvan's volunteer crew, soon after being paged had the lifeboat launched on service and were making best speed to the location just off Lendalfoot.

Further details were coming in, the kayaker was in the water and could not re-board the kayak, local fishing vessels in the area were also making their way to the casualty, with local coastguard rescue teams also attending.

Just as Girvan lifeboat arrived on scene the kayaker had managed to make their way ashore, where they were met by Coastguard rescue teams.

The casualty was checked over by the Scottish ambulance service on scene and with no further requirement, Girvan lifeboat stood down and returned to Girvan ready for the next callout.

Thankfully on this occasion, the weather conditions were favourable and the kayaker had a means of calling for help, but that's not always the case, if you would like to find out more about kayak safety, check out our page here

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