WATCH: Lifeboat crew rescue two kayakers

North Berwick’s volunteer lifeboat crew come to the rescue of two kayakers in difficulty after capsizing.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 20th August 2014, 7:00 am
North Berwick lifeboat crew rescue two kayakers
North Berwick lifeboat crew rescue two kayakers

The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat after receiving reports of two casualties in the water.

Staff at a nearby visitor attraction had spotted two kayakers in difficulties on August 17 after a capsize. The lifeboat was launched and was quickly on scene carrying out a search of the area.

The crew spotted one casualty in the water who had been separated from his kayak after capsizing.

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North Berwick lifeboat crew rescue two kayakers

Once he was on board the crew established the location of the second casualty, who was attempting to paddle the two kayaks back to shore.

The crew took both casualties on board the lifeboat and with the kayaks in tow, headed back to station whilst assessing the casualties.

Once back on shore both casualties were treated for the effects of the cold and given safety advice.

Helmsman Niall Grant said: “Both casualties were lucky that members of the public spotted them and called 999.

“When you set out to sea it is important to have a way of contacting the coastguard should you get into difficulties, always check the weather forecast and tell someone ashore about your intentions.”

North Berwick Coast Guard Rescue Team were also in attendance.