The Macduff lifeboat called in to help kayakers adrift off Portsoy

Macduff RNLI Lifeboat’s volunteer crew were called by the UK Coastguard to Aberdeen at 3pm this afternoon to help two young kayakers who had run into difficulty off Portsoy.

An offshore breeze had pushed the two-person inflatable kayak out to sea, leaving the young kayakers unable to paddle to shore. The alarm was triggered by an adult on the Portsoy shore.

When the lifeboat arrived on the scene at 3.27pm, the kayak was about 2km (1.1nm) out to sea with a Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 151 from Inverness, hovering. The coxswain, Ritchie Wallace, brought the lifeboat alongside the kayak, and the young male and female occupants were brought aboard the lifeboat by crew members, Rob Smith and Kyle Park.

The inflatable kayak was also placed aboard the lifeboat and taken to Portsoy Harbor where the victims and their vessel were handed over to members of the local coastguard station.

A Rescue 151 paramedic was hoisted to the port to provide medical assistance if needed.

The Macduff RNLI crew pulled out and returned to station, where the lifeboat was recovered, washed, refueled and returned ready for service at 5 p.m.

Notes for Editors

• The RNLI Macduff Lydia Macdonald (B-804) lifeboat is an Atlantic 85 Class B carrying four crew members.

• Lydia Macdonald is unique within the RNLI as the only lifeboat that is stored, transported, launched and recovered from an LGV with its own crane. This launching method allows the lifeboat to be launched from other locations if needed.

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