Canoeists rescued by Sea Cadet instructor

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A POSSIBLE disaster was averted off the coast at Stonehaven this week thanks to the quick thinking of a local sea cadet instructor.

Adam Simpson (21) was on a training mission with Stonehaven Sea Cadets in the shadow of Dunnottar Castle when he noticed that a group of four canoeists had got into difficulties around half a mile from the shore.

Mr Simpson, who is a professional survival instructor, alerted the Coastguard before heading out to make contact with the canoeists and tow them back to dry land.

Mr Simpson said that he had just done what anyone else would do in the same situation. He added: “The rules of the sea are just that you help whoever is in distress.”

High winds had contributed to the canoeists problems, making it increasingly difficult from them to return safely to the harbour, and exhaustion was setting in. The cadets managed to slowly tow them all back to the harbour and a lifeboat was not needed.

The Stonehaven Sea Cadets was formed in 1954 and has provided a range of training activities to young people in the area.

The cadets are currently trying to raise funds for a new unit and a safety boat.