Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were paged on Sunday 2 June at 5.55pm by UK Coastguard to reports of a kayaker in need of assistance off of Cambois Bay.
The station’s Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat with three volunteer crew onboard was launched shortly afterwards and headed out of the Port of Blyth to begin its search for a yellow kayak in the Cambois Bay area.
After searching the area for approximately 25 minutes and upon receipt of further information from UK Coastguard the volunteer crew changed their area of focus for the search and then spotted the kayaker and made their approach to him.
Once alongside the casualty it was established that there was no-one else requiring assistance and that he was feeling ok.The casualty stated that he was unable to make it back to shore.
It was therefore decided that the best course of action was to take him and his kayak back to Blyth RNLI lifeboat station.
The kayak was secured to the front of the lifeboat and casualty care provided and the volunteer crew then made their way back to the lifeboat station.
Upon arrival at Blyth RNLI the local coastguard team from Blyth were there to assist with the casualty and kayak.
The Atlantic 75 was then refuelled and made ready for service at 7pm.
Barry Pearson,Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said;’We were requested by UK Coastguard to assist a kayaker who was reported to be in distress off of Cambois Bay. The offshore wind had freshened in the afternoon together with the tide conditions making it difficult for the kayaker to get back ashore.Volunteer crew from our Station after conducting a search found the gentleman concerned and we are pleased with the outcome.’
The Charity’s website has lots of useful safety information https://rnli.org/safety
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