Volunteer crew from Queensferry RNLI Lifeboat Station rescued an extremely cold and exhausted kayaker during a self-rescue attempt 500 meters north of Cramond Island on Sunday 24 April.
The Kinghorn of RNLI volunteers, a joint training exercise with the RNLI, ended prematurely that afternoon, as a UK Coastguard helicopter called them in for an emergency. Upon returning from the training briefing, the walk became a sprint as the call was broadcast in difficulty over a kayaker’s handheld VHF radio.
At 3.00 pm a passerby saw Kekar from the ground. The bystander dialed 999 to sound the alarm with the UK Coastguard, which sent a request for help to the Queensferry RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Jimmy Cairncross. Charity’s lifeboat reached the spot at 3.20 pm with no casualties.
The weather conditions at that time were cloudy with a large swell and rough seas.
The lifeboat was able to quickly locate the kayaker as they stayed with their kayak and raised a paddle in the air to attract the attention of the volunteer crew.
Two members of the crew pulled the ship an extremely exhausted and seemingly cold casualty. A third crew member steered the kayak to reduce the risk of disrupting the lifeboat’s engines. The casualties were immediately taken to Granton harbor, being assessed continuously along the way, and aided to protect them from the risk of further freezing. Arriving at Granton Harbour, the casualty was able to assist in unloading the lifeboat in the care of the UK Coast Guard, until the arrival of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Kinghorn was requested by the RNLI to retrieve the kayak and paddle, then proceeded to meet with UK Coastguard personnel at Granton Harbour.
Mike, Queensferry RNLI Helm, said: ‘Although the kayakers were extremely cold and exhausted, they managed to keep up with the kayak and keep their paddles high in the air, which undoubtedly helped us find them quickly. He was also wearing a PFD (personal flotation device). When we got to the casualty, they were unsure how long they had been in the water, their training and equipment played a big part in the outcome of this rescue.’
Adrian, Queensferry RNLI Deputy Launch Authority, said: ‘The viewer did the right thing by calling 999 and asking the UK Coastguard for help.’
RNLI volunteers wash Jimmy Cairncross and refill it to make sure the charity’s lifeboat is ready for the next emergency.
In the attached video, Queensferry RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Jimmy Cairncross and a volunteer crew rescue the capsized kayaker (Sunday 24 April) credit RNLI/Queensferry Lifeboat Station.
The attached photo shows the Queensferry RNLI inshore lifeboat Jimmy Cairncross and volunteer crew in view 500 meters north of Cramond Island (Sunday 24 April) credit RNLI/Queensferry Lifeboat Station.
RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Queensferry RNLI is based at Howes Pier, Queensferry EH309TB. The lifeboat station was established in 1967 and volunteer teams use an onshore Atlantic 85 B-class lifeboat Jimmy Cairncross.
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Julie Dominguez, Lifeboat Press Officer for Lifeboat Station RNLI Volunteer over email [email protected]
Martin McNamara, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07920 365929 OR [email protected]
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