Isle of Man kayak rescue man 'lucky to be alive'

Port Erin’s Atlantic 85 RNLI lifeboat ‘Muriel & Leslie’ The kayaker was taken by ambulance to hospital suffering from "mild hypothermia", the RNLI said

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A man who spent about an hour clinging to his upturned kayak is "lucky to be alive", the RNLI has said.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, capsized near Fleshwick bay on Tuesday afternoon and was unable to get back in his boat.

He spent 45 minutes trying to attract attention before being spotted and rescued by a local fishing boat.

RNLI operations manager Chris Burton said it was "extremely lucky the boat was in the area".

"He was in the water for a long time waving his arms, shouting and blowing a whistle all the while getting colder and weaker," Mr Burton added.

"This could have had a very different ending. He is very lucky to be alive."

The kayaker was taken by ambulance to hospital suffering from "mild hypothermia", Mr Burton said.

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