Islay RNLI search for overdue kayakers off Gigha

The Islay lifeboat was called out due to concern for overdue kayakers who were heading for Cara Island. Photograph: Tony Morrison/RNLI

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At 8.31am yesterday morning, Tuesday July 19, Islay’s volunteer crew were called to action after the RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch in the search for two overdue kayakers near the Isle of Gigha.

The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II made good speed in calm, clear conditions to the west coast of Gigha to search. The local coastguard team reported spotting two kayakers heading for Cara Island south of Gigha. With the assistance of a local boat a RNLI crew member was able to get to the kayakers to confirm who they were and assess the situation. Both were safe and well.

While they had informed someone the previous evening of their trip, a concerned member of the public alerted the coastguard after not seeing them return to their vehicle by the next morning.

Islay RNLI Coxswain David MacLellan said: ‘The crew and those involved are, as ever, very pleased that all was well, and they were found safe and well.

‘We would urge anyone planning to enjoy being out on the water this summer to tell someone how long you will be out and where you are going. Wear appropriate gear for the conditions, including a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, and take a means of communicating, even a mobile phone, just in case you need help.

‘Thank you to the nearby vessels who gave assistance and information in the search.’