Eight kayakers in trouble along the west coast of Scotland were rescued by the Coastguard thanks to lifejackets.
In the early evening on 21 August HM Coastguard responded to reports of multiple kayakers in difficulty in the mouth of Loch Nevis, after their kayaks capsized.
Swiftly arriving at the scene, the Coastguard helicopter from Inverness, Mallaig Coastguard Rescue Team and the all weather lifeboat from Mallaig RNLI were able to rescue all eight of the kayakers in the water, taking them to Mallaig to be assessed by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
As everyone had the correct kit and equipment, the Coastguard was able to successfully locate all the kayakers and return them to safety.
Maritime Operations Commander Matt West said:
“Personal Flotation Devices like lifejackets are an essential when out on the water. In the summer we deal with a lot of incidents involving kayaks, paddleboards and inflatables, but in this instance each kayaker was wearing a lifejacket, which meant we were able to find and rescue them quickly and safely.
“Accidents can happen during watersports, so it is important to be aware of the risks and take as many precautions as possible.”
Kayaking and canoeing safety tips:
- Carry a Personal Locator Beacon or mobile phone in a waterproof pouch so you can call for help in an emergency.
- Check the weather forecast and tide times in advance.
- Wear a personal flotation device and the right clothes.
- Go out in a group if possible. Tell someone where you’re going and when to expect you back.
- If you’re exploring somewhere new, do you research – ask experienced kayakers or canoeists in the area, know where you’re going.
- If you get into difficulty or spot someone in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.