Two kayakers were rescued by HM Coastguard helicopter after their kayak capsized on the 1st of November on the River Spey, near Inshriach.
After receiving reports that a kayak with two people on board had capsized in the River Spey, around 2.30 pm, the Scottish Ambulance Service asked for HM Coastguard helicopter assistance from the Aeronautical Response Coordination Centre.
The HM Coastguard Inverness helicopter was launched to the location and arrived within 15 minutes. The Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland and the Cairngorms Mountain Rescue Team also came to help in the search of the two kayakers.
Moreover, the Coastguard helicopter, after searching the area, located a female kayaker onshore suffering from cold. The second kayaker was still not found and the HM Coastguard continued the search. The second one was found several minutes later, in the water, in a difficult situation, 5ft below the height of the bank.
Finally, the Coastguard winchman was lowered down to the kayaker and placed him to a more accessible location on the other side of the river along with the female kayaker. The male kayaker was in water for about one hour. However, both kayakers were able to walk to the ambulance where they were warmed and treated for cold.