Easdale Ferry crew rescue stricken kayakers

Published Date: 

30 Aug 2019 - 17:03

The Argyll and Bute Council-operated Easdale Ferry ML Fladda rescued two kayakers from treacherous waters in the Sound of Insh this afternoon.

Members of the public are being urged to take care and pay close attention to the conditions after today’s rescue, which took place at 12.30pm.

The ferry crew responded to a visual sighting of two kayakers in difficulty and the alarm was raised, with the kayakers located around a mile north of Easdale. One kayak had capsized, with the paddler losing the vessel and holding on to the other occupied kayak.

Conditions were 20-25 knots with a 4ft swell.

Both paddlers were brought safely onto the ferry and both kayaks were retrieved, before the paddlers and their vessels were brought to shore at Ellenabeich.

Advice on safe kayaking is available on the RNLI website here: https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/kayaking-and-canoeing