North West Wales

Two kayakers rescued off Rhoscolyn, Anglesey

Two kayakers who got into difficulties off the coast of Anglesey have been rescued by emergency services.

Holyhead coastguard said one of the men was suffering from hypothermia after being in the water off Rhoscolyn.

He was flown to hospital in Bangor by a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.

The second kayaker was warmed up by rescuers at the scene, after the alert at 12:10 GMT on Saturday.

A spokesman for Holyhead coastguard said a caller had spotted a kayaker in the water.

'Well-prepared'

Coastguards immediately started a rescue operation, deploying a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley and the Trearddur Bay inshore lifeboat to the scene.

They then received a mayday call from one of the kayakers.

Emergency crews found one of the kayakers still in the sea and suffering from hypothermia while the other had managed to reach land.

Mark Craddock, Holyhead Coastguard watch manager, said: "The kayakers were very well prepared and followed all of the correct procedures to ensure that rescuers would be able to locate them quickly should they run into difficulties.

"Earlier this morning, before the incident, they had been in contact with us and had given us a traffic report so that we knew how many kayakers were out on the water and where they intended going.

"They were equipped with a hand-held VHF radio which meant that they were able to make a mayday broadcast from the water and to alert the coastguard about their rapidly deteriorating situation.

"Time was of the essence particularly as the water is probably only about eight or nine degrees at this time of the year."