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Blyth kayaker in rescue drama.

BLYTH lifeboat crews rescued a kayaker from the water in Cambois bay.

The volunteer crew of Blyth's RNLI inshore lifeboat were requested to launch by Humber Coastguard shortly after 4:30pm on Sunday and to go to the assistance of a man who had become separated from his kayak in Cambois bay to the north of Blyth.

Another kayaker in the area had caught sight of the man in the water and called Humber Coastguard on his VHF radio.

Blyth lifeboat crew were able to establish contact with the second kayaker by VHF radio and quickly locate them both just off-shore of the wind turbines in Cambois Bay.

A rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer was used to winch the casualty and transfer him quickly to hospital. Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority Barry Pearson said: "It was good to see that the second kayaker had a VHF radio and was able to use it correctly to call for help, if he had not had this radio the outcome could have been very different."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2013
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