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Navy Personnel Rescue Missing Kayakers In Caribbean

Aviators from 845 Naval Air Squadron saved the lives of three missing kayakers in rough seas off the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

Royal Navy personnel have rescued three missing kayakers in rough seas off the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

The aviators, from 845 Naval Air Squadron, were returning to RFA Argus when they responded to reports of a capsised kayak and missing people off the south coast of Grand Cayman. 

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service air base directed them to near Spotts Beach, where the kayakers and their craft were found near a reef. Rescue boats were then called to move in on the location.

The Navy personnel are believed to have been first on the scene.

They stayed with the kayakers until the boat teams had returned them safely to shore.

"Part of our training while we've been out here is to practice search and rescue," said Petty Officer Air Crewman Niall Lee.

"We can ready ourselves within just a matter of minutes to respond to anything we might have to."

(L-R) PO Aircrew Niall Lee, Lt Steve Doughty, Lt Cdr Gaz Wardle, Sgt Tom Goy RM responded to kayak rescue call in Cayman Islands 230620 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY
The personnel involved in the rescue (l-r): PO Aircrew Niall Lee, Lt Steve Doughty, Lt Cdr Gaz Wardle, Sgt Tom Goy (Picture: Royal Navy).

The Navy's role in the Caribbean is to support island communities during hurricane season and to carry out counter-narcotics operations.

Armed Forces Minister, James Heappey said: "It’s no surprise that they were able to react so quickly and successfully to find and assist with the rescue of the lost kayakers."

RFA Argus and Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Medway have been operating around the Cayman Islands for the past two weeks.

Cover image: Royal Navy.