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Kayaker "very lucky" after capsizing off Cornwall

Kayaker "very lucky" after capsizing off Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 8:50am 7th August 2018. (Updated at 12:16pm 7th August 2018)

Coastguards have described a kayaker, who capsized off the Cornish coast, as 'lucky to be alive'.

By the time the lifeboat reached the casualty at Carlyon Bay, they had been in the water for an hour.

Crews say the man, who was treated for hypothermia, was not carrying any safety equipment.

fowey lifeboat
A kayaker who capsized off the Cornish coast has been described as 'very lucky' after ending up in the water for an hour

St Austell Coastguard shared the story of Saturday's rescue on social media as a warning to others.

"The team were called out, along with Fowey RNLI inshore lifeboat, to the reports of a capsized kayak near Carlyon bay.

"The team spotted the person in the water and directed the lifeboat to him; they had been in the water for an hour.

""The casualty was brought ashore to the Coastguard team who checked him over and he was suffering with hypothermia.

"The team rewarmed him slowly and an ambulance was called.

carlyon bay
Coastguards and the Fowey lifeboat helped to rescue the casualty, who was not carrying any safety equipment

"The casualty was very lucky as they had no safety equipment and only one buoyancy aid between two people. This could have been a very different outcome.

"Please remember when going out on the water to have sufficient safety equipment. As a minimum a buoyancy aid, and a means of calling for help, either by VHF radio, mobile phone and distress flares.

"Dial 999 for the Coastguard early so we can get to you and help as quickly as possible.

"Safety advice was given to the pair who heeded the advice and will be looking at where they go in the future on the water".

Watch what to do if you get into trouble in the water...

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