Kayakers in need of assistance in Loch Sunart
During a Bank Holiday paddle in Loch Sunart, 2 kayakers got into difficulties near to the Island of Carna and were immersed in the sea requiring assistance.
The volunteer crew of the Tobermory Lifeboat launched shortly after 10:45am and headed across the Sound of Mull to Loch Sunart. As the Tobermory Lifeboat made its way to the casualties’ location they were notified that a local vessel had arrived to assist the kayakers and were now out of the water.
Shortly after the Tobermory Lifeboat arrived on scene and the casualties were transferred aboard. Once aboard both casualties received treatment for immersion as they had been in the water for a significant period.
As the treatment continued the Tobermory Lifeboat made its way to Salen, where the Coastguard and the Scottish Ambulance Service met it. The volunteer lifeboat crew briefed the ambulance crew on the treatment they had given, and the casualties were handed over to the Scottish ambulance service.
Lifeboat Mechanic Paul Gunn commented ‘Thankyou to the local vessel for their assistance, as getting them out of the water definitely improved the situation of the kayakers as immersion in cold water is a time critical situation’.
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