WATCH: Airlift rescue for kayaker struggling against strong current and fighting to stay afloat on Spain’s Costa Almeria

SAFE AND SOUND: Maritime rescue successfully pluck the kayaker out the water CREDIT: SALVAMENTO MARÍTIMO @salvamentogob

MARITIME rescue had to airlift a kayacker to safety after he got into serious difficulties struggling against strong currents in Balerma on Wednesday morning.

It was a friend of the kayacker who alerted the 112 emergency service at about 9am that his mate was in trouble.
The sportsman was stuck about 300 metres off shore, unable to paddle back to dry land, and finding it hard to stay afloat. The kayak had already overturned twice, the caller reported.
The 112 service alerted Local Police, Civil Protection and Guardia Civil, as well as Maritime rescue, which scrambled a Helimer 220helicopter from Almeria City.
Before 10am the rescue team had plucked the kayacker out of the sea and were transferring him to Almeria airport, “safe and sound,” the service later posted on social media.
“Our greatest reward is every life saved,” Maritime Rescue tweeted.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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