Red Bay RNLI rescue two people after kayak capsize near Waterfoot
Volunteer lifeboat crew with Red Bay RNLI rescued two people this afternoon (Saturday 17 June) after the kayak they were in capsized and left them clinging to the upturned vessel and shouting for help in the water near Waterfoot in County Antrim.
The alarm was raised at 3.33pm when a member of the public heard the two men shouting for help after their kayak capsized and they were blown out to sea.
The Red Bay inshore lifeboat was immediately requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard and the lifeboat crew were quickly on scene.
As they arrived on scene the lifeboat crew saw the two men in the water clinging to an upturned kayak. They immediately recovered them onto the lifeboat and brought them safely ashore.
Commenting on the callout Red Bay RNLI Helm Paddy McLaughlin said, ‘It was a beautiful day on the Antrim coast and many people took to the water. These men were very lucky their calls for help were heard and that the lifeboat crew were on scene so quickly. We would advise everyone enjoying the water during the warm weather to take all necessary safety precautions including wearing a suitable flotation device and having a means of calling for help.’
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