Paddle board youth rescue not an isolated incident

The RNLI lifeboat is launched from Lamlash Bay during a training exercise earlier this year.

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Two young paddle boarders had to be rescued by the Arran lifeboat after getting into difficulty a couple of miles off the shore of Whiting Bay.

And RNLI volunteers say because of the huge increase in the sport it was not an isolated incident and have warned other paddle boarders to take care in the water.

On Sunday June 12, just after 2pm, the B-class Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Rachel Hedderwick, was launched and rushed to the last known location provided by the coastguard.


The two youths were soon located, very cold and wet, and very relieved to see the lifeboat and RNLI volunteer crew coming to their aid.

Once the casualties and their paddle boards were safely on board, the lifeboat returned to the boathouse in Lamlash, where their parents were waiting for them to take them to hospital for a check-up.

A spokesperson from the RNLI said: ‘Paddle boarding is great fun and its popularity has soared over the past couple of years in particular.

‘With this has come a huge increase in the number of call-outs to paddle boarders in difficulty, so this certainly wasn’t an isolated incident.


‘Nobody takes to the water to participate in any activity expecting to need to be rescued.

‘The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, and in addition to our fleet of lifeboats, we have a whole host of information available about enjoying the sea safely.

‘Before you take to the water, check out our information pages at https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity

The rescue involving youths follows another rescue two weeks ago when the Arran Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT) went to the assistance of two children who had become separated from their parents and who were missing on north Goatfell for over two hours.

The children and parents were all located in a joint effort between AMRT and the HM Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 199, and were brought down from the hill safe and unharmed.