Kayaker is rescued after a freak wave

A kayaker was rescued off Cullercoats after his kayak started taking in water.

Crew from Cullercoats Lifeboat Station were called out at 1.40pm on December 28 after reports of a person in the water following damage to his kayak.

The man, from Monkseaton, had been kayaking with two other friends from Tynemouth to Cullercoats and was on the return journey when a large freak wave hit him, the force of which damaged his hull as well as the front end.

He was thrown out of the kayak as well as one of his fellow kayakers. However, the casualty was unable to get back into his boat.

The casualty was taken back to the lifeboat station. He was very cold after being in the water for 10 minutes and had a few cuts and bruises.

He was then handed over to members of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who provided him with transport back to Tynemouth.

Ben Bradshaw, helmsman at Cullercoats RNLI said: “The casualty had all the correct lifesaving equipment and carried with him a radio which definitely helped in a quick rescue but protected him from the effects of being in the water.”