Patrick Winterton - Lifeboat Rescue after Illness

This was released at 16:55 on 11th August by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

SEA KAYAKERS RESCUED AFTER BECOMING ILL
At a quarter past eleven this morning the pair contacted Stornoway Coastguard using their satellite telephone and reported that both had become unwell and requested assistance, some 15 miles North of Cape Wrath.

Two males in sea kayak canoes were rescued by the RNLI Lifeboat from Lochinver after becoming ill while on a trip from the remote island of North Rona to Durness on the North Coast of Scotland.

The pair had set out from the Butt of Lewis on Friday, originally planning to kayak to the Faeroe Islands but because of the weather conditions decided to head for the island of North Rona, nearly 60 miles North of Stornoway, and then on to the island of Sule Skerry. After staying on North Rona they departed in the early hours of this morning and then decided to travel to Durness instead of Sule Skerry due to the weather conditions.

The Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI Lifeboat from Lochinver, some 50 miles from their position. After 13/4 hours the Lifeboat arrived at the kayaker's position, guided by an RAF Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft that was on a training exercise in the area. Both males were taken on board the lifeboat and their kayaks recovered.

Neither requires urgent medical attention but arrangements have been made for them to be checked by a doctor upon their arrival in Lochinver.

Martin Collins, Coastguard Watch Manager said: "These kayakers are very experienced and well equipped for the trip that they had planned. They have stayed in regular contact with the Coastguard since departing from Stornoway and they made the correct decision to contact us and ask for help when they both became unwell. This incident shows that with the correct planning and equipment the Coastguard can render prompt assistance, even in the most remote areas of the UK.

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