The Largs RNLI lifeboat was launched at 4pm on Sunday April 24 to report an inflatable had been blown off West Kilbride.
The volunteer Largs RNLI crew responded quickly to their pagers and launched the Atlantic 85 lifeboat in response to a request from the UK Coastguard.
They made the best speed to the reported location of the inflatable where the Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 199, and the Ardrossan Coast Guard rescue team were already on the scene.
The inflatable was quickly identified as an uninverted inflatable kayak, with the seat and paddle spotted floating nearby. Rescue 199 used smoke flares to mark the location of these to aid in their recovery and begin marking the area for further search to take place.
On shore, the owner of the kayak contacted the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team and was able to confirm that there was no one on board the kayak and that all his family members were safe. safety and taken into account.
Once this information was confirmed, Rescue 199 left the scene and Largs’ lifeboat collected the kayak, seat and paddle for return to the owner.
Largs’ lifeboat was then able to return to the lifeboat station, where it was cleaned, refueled and prepared for service.
Dave Hewitt, helm of the Largs lifeboat, said: “Although the weather conditions were calm, the onshore wind caused the inflatable kayak to drift rapidly out to sea.
“The coast can be a fantastic day for everyone, but we encourage everyone to respect the water, understand the risks and stay safe. You should check tide times and weather forecasts before you go and make sure you have a way to call for help.
“Remember that in a coastal emergency you should dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.”
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