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Kayaker rescued in North Sea emergency

East Yorkshire independent lifeboat volunteers have rescued a kayaker from the North Sea in an emergency situation this afternoon.

Hornsea Inshore Rescue return the kayak and equipment safely to the shore Credit: Hornsea Inshore Rescue

Hornsea Inshore Rescue crews were mobilised today around 4pm to reports of a kayaker in distress off Hornsea.

Volunteers from the independent lifeboat station launched their rescue jet bike closely followed by a crew in the rescue boat.

Called in by a member of the public who spotted the person in distress near to the Marine Hotel, Hornsea where the westerly wind and strong current had started to take his boat quickly south.

The jet bike crew located the yellow kayak first taking the man to safety after which they started to tow the boat back, as the rescue boat neared the incident, they took the kayaker and kayak aboard, returning slowly to the shore and into the hands of the awaiting HM Coastguard teams.

Our crews responded within minutes of receiving the emergency call and quickly rescued the kayaker. We need to thank the member of public who was vigilant enough to notice that the kayaker was in distress and called the Coastguard on 999, saving the man's life.

– Sue Marsay Hickson, Chair/Trustee/Coxswain at Hornsea Inshore Rescue