Kayakers saved as helicopter and warship joins search

One of the kayakers were rescued by a local fishing boat.

Three kayakers in the Highlands were rescued in a multi-agency operation which involved the RNLI, the coastguard helicopter, a local fishing boat and a Royal Navy warship.

Just before 11.30am on Tuesday, a mayday call was raised by the kayakers, after they got into trouble in Loch Torridon, Sheildaig.

A local fishing boat managed to help one person out of the water.

The coastguard helicopter winched the other two people to safety.

All were brought back to shore, and checked over by the Scottish ambulance service.

A statement from RNLI Portree said: “About 11.19am the lifeboat was tasked to an incident in the Loch Torridon/Sheildaig area.

“This is a multi-agency tasking involving the coastguard helicopter, HMS Sutherland, Scottish Ambulance Service and a local fishing boat.

“A group of three kayakers got into a trouble and called the emergency services.

“The local fishing boat picked one person out of the water and the coastguard helicopter lifted the other two, all now safely ashore and being checked over by the ambulance.”

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