A lone kayaker who capsized in the North Sea at midday today (Sunday) was described by an RNLI spokesman as ‘extremely lucky’ to have been rescued.
The kayaker from Leeds, believed to be a man in his forties, had been in the sea for 40 minutes when he was spotted by a fishing boat about a mile out at sea off Skinningrove, between Staithes and Saltburn.
He had been unable to get back on to his kayak and was clinging on to it when he was plucked out of the water by the fishing boat crew.
Staithes and Runswick RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew was quickly on the scene to transfer him back to the Staithes boathouse where he was given warm clothing and treated for hypothermia until an ambulance arrived to take him to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Sean Baxter, Deputy Launch Operations Manager with Staithes RNLI, said: ‘All credit to the fishing boat crew for spotting him. He was extremely lucky to be rescued. The North Sea is unusually cold for the time of year because of the preceding bad weather in the last few months and time is of the essence when someone has been in the sea that long. Rescues like this underline what the RNLI is all about.’
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