Kayaker rescued by RNLI after capsizing off North East coast taken to hospital

Seahouses RNLI receive early call out to mayday signal from kayaker who had capsized
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The Seahouses RNLI received an early call out to a mayday signal from a kayaker who had capsized. The incident took place between Seahouses and the Farne Islands at around 4.30am on Sunday.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched and made haste to the search area, while Craster Inshore Lifeboat was also launched to back up the Seahouses crew. Other Seahouses crew members who had assembled at Seahouses boathouse started looking with binoculars, spotting the kayaker and directing the Inshore Lifeboat to his location.

The man was found in the water clinging to his capsized kayak, cold and uncommunicative due to potential hypothermia. He was pulled aboard the lifeboat and an ambulance was urgently requested.

He was then brought ashore at Seahouses, and was taken to the boathouse while waiting for the arrival of an ambulance. He was then taken by the ambulance when it arrived, directly to Cramlington Critical Care Hospital.

Craster Inshore Lifeboat was able to recover the capsized kayak and bring it back to Seahouses, before returning to their station, preventing any further calls as dawn broke. The man appeared to make a full recovery and called into Seahouses Lifeboat Station later that day to thank the crew and recover his Kayak.

Seahouses RNLI Volunteer Press Officer Ian Clayton said: "The RNLI are the charity here to save lives at sea, and this morning our crew did just that. I doubt this chap may have been able to have hung on much longer, and his Mayday distress radio call may have saved his life."