A man pulled from a sea loch after his kayak capsized has died in hospital.
Believed to be in his 20s, the man was rescued by lifeboat from Loch Fyne in Argyll alongside two others, following an emergency call to the coastguard at about 6am. One of the kayakers was reportedly in the water.
A lifeboat was launched from Tighnabruaich and a rescued helicopter scrambled from Stornoway. All three were found at the water's edge and taken by ambulance to Mid Argyll Hospital in Lochgilphead. The man died shortly after they arrived.
Steve Carson, watch manager at Belfast Coastguard, who handles calls for the area, said: "We would like to take this opportunity to give the following safety advice to kayakers. Ensure that someone at home knows your passage plan including points of arrival and departure, timescale, number in group and other relevant information.
"Check weather forecasts and ensure that your skill levels are appropriate for where you are kayaking. Wear a buoyancy aid and check that equipment is functioning properly, that your distress flares are in date and are stowed where you can reach them.
"Carry a vhf marine band radio (fitted with DSC if possible). Learn how to use it and practice with it. Call the Coastguard if you get into difficulty, preferably via channel 16 on your radio or if not by calling 999 and asking for the coastguard."
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