Coastguards launch overnight search for missing kayaker off Portobello Beach who was traced onshore

He departed in a bright blue and green inflatable kayak near Seafield Recycling Centre.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 6:31 am
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 8:12 am

Coastguards launched an overnight search for a man on an inflatable kayak off the coast at Portobello Beach, who was later found onshore.

HM Coastguard launched the search after a report of a male overdue on an inflatable kayak who departed from the western end of Portobello Beach near to the Seafield Recycling Centre at approximately 3.15pm yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. He was last seen in the water at 4pm.

He was in a bright blue and green inflatable kayak with white stripes and was carrying a rucksack.

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Coastguards launched an overnight search for a man on an inflatable kayak off the coast at Portobello Beach, who was later found onshore.
Coastguards launched an overnight search for a man on an inflatable kayak off the coast at Portobello Beach, who was later found onshore.

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The man was described as 30-40 years old, approximately 175cm tall with short hair, tanned complexion and of slim build. He was not wearing a lifejacket and had jeans and a jumper on.

Rescue units including the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Inverness, Kinghorn RNLI and Anstruther RNLI lifeboats and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Fisherrow, South Queensferry and North Berwick which searched through the night along with officers from Police Scotland.

The man was subsequently traced onshore overnight after members of the public came forward with information. The man involved had been forced to abandon the kayak at sea and swim back to shore in darkness and is safe and well, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency posted on Facebook at 4am on Thursday.