Devon

Four kayakers rescued after boat sinks off Plymouth

Wembury Point
Image caption A cliff walker at Wembury Point heard the kayakers' calls for help and raised the alarm

Four people were rescued from the sea after their kayak sank on Sunday in Devon.

An RAF helicopter from RMB Chivenor, Plymouth coastguard team and the RNLI's all weather and inshore lifeboats were involved in the rescue off Plymouth.

Two of the group - a father and son - were taken to Derriford Hospital suffering from the effects of the cold.

The alarm was raised when someone walking on the cliffs at Wembury Point heard the groups cries for help.

'No contact'

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman at Brixham said it was a "fortunate" escape for the group who had been "inappropriately" dressed.

"It was very fortunate that a member of the public heard their cries for help, as they had been in the water for approximately 40 minutes," Matt Thornhill said.

"All four casualties were wearing buoyancy aides but had no means of contacting anyone or raising the alarm and were inappropriately dressed for the weather conditions.

"Had they been in the water any longer according to our data there was a 50% chance of survival."

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