VIDEO: Man, 64, rescued by RNLI crew after kayak capsizes off Sunderland coast

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A man in his 60s had to be rescued by RNLI crews after his kayak capsized off the Sunderland coast.

On Saturday night, Sunderland RNLI volunteers were called into action following reports of man being stranded and drifting on top of his upturned kayak over a mile out to sea from Roker beach.

Sunderland RNLI crews approach the stranded kayaker.

Sunderland RNLI crews approach the stranded kayaker.

The rescue mission was launched shortly before 5.45pm when Coastguard Officers based at Humber Coastguard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre received a call from the kayaker reporting he had capsized and was unable to right the kayak. With the strong offshore wind he was concerned that he was being blown further offshore.

Officers immediately contacted Sunderland RNLI to request the launch of their D Class inshore lifeboat.

The lifeboat launched seven minutes later crewed by Helmsman Sam Clow along with another two volunteer crew.

With assistance from RNLI lifeguard staff in the Lifeguard Operations Centre at Roker, the volunteers quickly located the man drifting almost a mile off Roker beach.

Sam Clow, helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: "When we arrived the kayaker was lying across the capsized kayak keeping himself afloat as well as keeping his face clear of the water. Our immediate priority was to get him out of the water and start to warm him through."

After pulling the casualty from the water and onto the lifeboat he was then assessed by one of the charity's qualified casualty carers.

During the journey back to the lifeboat station the man was assessed and treated for his exposure to the cold.

Once back in Sunderland Marina the casualty, a 64-year-old man from County Durham was handed over to paramedics for further assessment and treatment.

Sam added: "Thankfully the kayaker was very well equipped so this bought him enough time for us to reach him and pull him from the water.

"Even with his buoyancy aid and protective clothing he was extremely cold when we pulled him from the water. Without this equipment and the swift joint response from emergency services he may not have been here to tell the tale."

As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.