Findhorn Bay rescue operation after kayakers capsize

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image captionThe pair were taken to Findhorn by a rescue boat

Two "grateful" kayakers were rescued off the Moray coast after capsizing.

The pair raised the alarm after getting into difficulty near Findhorn Bay at about 14:30 on Sunday as the tide pulled them further out to sea.

Coastguard rescue teams from Burghead and Nairn and a helicopter were sent, and the pair were brought ashore by the Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation boat.

They were taken to Findhorn and checked over by a winchman paramedic before being allowed to go home.

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image captionA helicopter winchman paramedic checked the kayakers over after the rescue

One of the rescued pair, bus driver Paul Jamieson, said they had been out seal-watching when they overturned into the water.

Both lost their paddles, but Mr Jamieson managed to call the Coastguard to raise the alarm.

He told BBC Scotland News: "We are both humbled and grateful to our rescue services.

"We are both well - and this has not put us off hitting the water."

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