Kayaker rescued from freezing Loch Ness after capsizing

Man left clinging to upturned kayak for 20 minutes

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The moment a kayaker was rescued after capsizing in Loch Ness was captured on camera.

Steve McQueen was left clinging to his kayak for nearly 20 minutes as his limbs were too number for him to swim to the shore just a few yards away.

According to the Press and Journal, he was in the early stages of hypothermia when RNLI rescuers came to his aid.

McQueen was with another kayaker and the pair capsized after conditions became challenging during their journey from Fort Augustus.

The BBC reports that the second man alerted the coastguard.

RNLI Loch Ness volunteer Vivian Bailey said: "The two kayakers were well prepared, well kitted out and, once the emergency occurred, made the critically important decision to quickly call for help."

In 2012, a family was rescued from the water in Devon by volunteer RNLI lifeguards after their kayak capsized in onshore winds.

A member of the public walking on a cliff around one kilometre south of Bantham beach raised the alarm after they spotted the family struggling on their kayak in the conditions.

Volunteer RNLI lifeguards Lima Krige and Dave Grover responded immediately in an inshore rescue boat and found the three casualties, an adult and two children, in the water after they were unable to keep their kayak upright.

The three were in a panicked state and were later treated for cold and shock after they were taken back to the shore by the lifeguards.

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