Rescuers called in as kayak overturns

RNLI rescuers help lead kayaker to safety after his vessel overturned off Blackpool.

RNLI rescuers help lead kayaker to safety after his vessel overturned off Blackpool.

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A KAYAKER was rescued from the sea after his boat capsized.

A volunteer from RNLI Blackpool spotted the upturned vessel from the shore at Anchorsholme and alerted his crew mates at around 3.50pm yesterday.

RNLI rescuers help lead kayaker to safety after his vessel overturned off Blackpool.

RNLI rescuers help lead kayaker to safety after his vessel overturned off Blackpool.

A lifeboat was launched and the crew found the man in the water clinging desperately to a friend’s kayak.

He was pulled from the sea and taken ashore before being transported in an ambulance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital to be treated for the effects of cold.

Rescuers had a busy weekend with three more emergency call outs seeing lifeboats and Coastguard search crews scrambled.

A crew was sent out to a woman near North Pier who had been cut off by the tide at 12.20pm on Friday.

The woman was rescued but half an hour later the same boat was launched after reports of a 50-year-old man climbing over the railings on the pier.

This turned out to be a false alarm.

Another search was launched after an unattended bag was found on the sea wall near North Pier at 6.20pm yesterday.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said: “The area was thoroughly searched and nothing was found.

“There was nothing to indicate anyone had gone in the sea.”

Blackpool RNLI volunteer helmsman Colin Lowe added: “This year has been a very busy year for us, in addition to the two launches on Sunday we also launched twice on Friday.

“We’re happy so many people are coming to Blackpool and enjoying the beach but it’s so important they do it safely.

“We’d just ask people to be aware of their surroundings at all time and if they have any concerns about anything they see to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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