Page last updated at 20:45 GMT, Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Canoeist recovering after rescue

An overturned canoeist has been rescued after spending an hour in water off the coast at Dunoon.

Clyde Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public who reported an object floating in the water at 1610 GMT.

A Royal Navy rescue helicopter which was on an exercise in the area was sent to the scene along with a police launch.

They found the canoeist, who was winched safely into the helicopter.

He was taken to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, where he was recovering from his ordeal after spending an hour in the water.

His green canoe has not been located.

Andy McMillan, Clyde Coastguard watch manager, said: "We would like to thank the caller who made the emergency call.

"Thankfully this canoeist is recovering in hospital. He was wearing an aid to keep him afloat which undoubtedly contributed to keeping him alive whilst he was in the water."

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