Hero RNLI crew rescue Scottish kayaker who went missing during falling tides

The hero lifeboat teams sped to the scene
-Credit: (Image: RNLI Broughty Ferry)


Lifeboat teams rescued a kayaker who went missing off the coast of Fife.

The terrifying incident saw a water sports enthusiast fail to come home from Newburgh where they had been kayaking. An urgent search was launched on Friday, reports the Daily Record.

The RNLI and the Scottish Ambulance Service were called to the scene to help track the kayaker down.

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Luckily the kayaker was spotted after becoming stuck due to falling tides but it could have been a very different story.

RNLI Broughty Ferry shared the dangerous tale on their Facebook page and wrote: "Last night at 8.15pm both Broughty Ferry RNLI Lifeboats were launched in response to reports of a missing kayaker.

"The kayaker had been paddling between Newburgh to Balmerino and had been due back around 6.30pm. HM Coastguard - Angus and Dundee teams, Scottish Ambulance Service and Helicopter 199 from Prestwick were also tasked.

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"A search was undertaken with the kayaker spotted shortly after having become stuck due to falling tides. Our Inshore Lifeboat was able to navigate the shallower water with the kayaker and kayak taken to Coastguard Teams at Balmerino in our Inshore Lifeboat."

They added: "Please remember how changeable our waters are, be aware of tide times, currents and always let someone know where you intend going and take a mobile phone with you.

"Lifeboats then returned to our station and were made ready for the next call.

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"Luckily for this kayaker this ended well. Last week's training exercise involved kayakers as pictured below and this training was invaluable last night!"

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