Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Man rescued after kayak capsizes

The Bangor lifeboat has rescued a man after his boat drifted towards rocks in Belfast Lough

A man whose kayak capsized off the Co Down coast was recovered thanks to rescue equipment he had brought with him, the coastguard has said.

The man was rescued on Friday night approximately two miles from the coastal town of Donaghadee.

Lifeboats from Bangor and Donaghadee went to his aid after he had raised the alarm.

He was treated by paramedics at Donaghadee harbour.

The man used a radio to call for help and officials said his case was an example of the need to be prepared when going to sea.

A coastguard spokesperson told the BBC: "This gentleman was very well equipped.

"He was wearing an immersion suit and he was carrying hand-held flares and a radio so that he could contact us.

"So undoubtedly the fact that he was so well equipped is what saved him in this instance."

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