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Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI rescue capsized kayaker close to the Skye Bridge

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 2:45pm today, Wednesday 17 May 2017, to assist a Kayaker who had capsized in the rough conditions, and was unable to get out of the water

Kyle of Lochalsh Lifeboat 'Spirit of Fred. Olsen'

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Kyle of Lochalsh Lifeboat 'Spirit of Fred. Olsen'

Kyle lifeboat ‘Spirit of Fred. Olsen’ launched at 2:54pm at the request of the UK Coastguard, after a member of a kayaking group capsized in rough weather and was trapped in the water approximately 1 mile west of the Skye bridge.

The lifeboat made best speed towards the casualty and arrived on scene within 3 minutes, by which time a local fishing boat had arrived to offer assistance. The lifeboat took the female casualty on board and assessed her condition, before transferring her to the waiting ambulance at the pontoons in Kyle.

The lifeboat then returned to the station and was refuelled and made ready for service by 3:20pm.

Notes to editors:

  • For further details of the casualty or her condition, please contact the UK Coastguard or the Scottish Ambulance Service
  • Please credit the (library) picture to Kyle RNLI

RNLI media contacts:

Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or montuba@gmail.com

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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