Skegness

Lifeboats rescue man who fell from kayak off Lincolnshire coast

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Two lifeboats were launched to rescue a man who fell from his kayak out at sea and was unable to get back on board.

A couple were kayaking off the coast at Skegness on the evening of April 24 when the man became separated, with the wind blowing the kayak away from him.

An inshore lifeboat found the woman drifting slowly out to sea, with the empty kayak alongside.

Crews searched for the missing man, finding him around 500 metres offshore from the Seaview Road area of the town.

A spokesperson on the RNLI Facebook page said: “The casualty was quickly located by the team in the inshore lifeboat and was medically assessed.

“He was then transferred ashore to the lifeboat station for some dry clothes and a cup of tea. He had been in the water for approximately 40 minutes. He was reunited shortly afterwards with the female and the two recovered kayaks shortly after 8pm.

“All were safe and sound if a little cold. But this could have ended very differently.

“The fact that the pair were well equipped in wet suits and life preservers meant that the casualty was able to stay afloat until our crews could come to his aid.”