Arran RNLI tasked to distressed kayaker

The RNLI volunteer crew aboard the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick pictured last year.

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Arran RNLIs crew responds swiftly to reports of a kayaker in distress in Brodick Bay last week.

At 1.35pm on Wednesday March 20, rescue personnel’s pagers sounded as reports of a kayaker calling for help in the north end of Brodick Bay were reported to HM Coastguard.

Arran RNLI’s volunteer crew quickly assembled and launched the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick to go to the kayaker’s aid. Once arriving on scene it was established that the casualty had managed to swim ashore and was in the care of Arran Coastguard Rescue Team.

Arran RNLI helm Brian Donlin said, ‘Today’s call was a fantastic example of when having the different resources available on Arran is really valuable.

‘While in the end we weren’t required on scene this callout could have easily turned out differently and required the lifeboat.

‘The Coastguard team had all of the assets they needed in easy reach which made sure a positive outcome was achieved for everyone.’

 

The RNLI volunteer crew aboard the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick pictured last year. 01_B35RNLI35