A MULTI-agency search for an overdue kayaker was held.

Both RNLI Holyhead lifeboats were involved in the search, which took place in the afternoon on Friday, August 9 at about 3.30pm.

The lifeboats headed to the Church Bay area, where the kayaker was last seen.

A call had been made to the coastguard when the man had not returned at his expected time.

Volunteer cliff rescue teams were also called to assist in the operation, and the coastguard helicopter was also involved.

As the forecast was for deteriorating weather, with predicted high winds and rain, it was agreed to launch both lifeboats to give the best possible attention to the search.

A spokesperson for the Holyhead Lifeboat said: "The D-class lifeboat Mary and Archie Hooper conducted a close inshore search from Sandy Beach to Church Bay; and the Severn-class Christopher Pearce was positioned one mile off the Church Bay coast, searching in a Northerly direction towards Carmel Head.

"By the time the all-weather lifeboat had reached Carmel Head, Cemaes volunteer cliff rescue team reported a person, believed to be the missing kayaker, had been spotted walking on the beach, North of Church Bay.

"All units, including the coastguard helicopter, continued to search until it was later confirmed it was indeed the casualty, and he was safe and well."

Moelfre lifeboat Kiwi had also been called to assist in the search just after 4pm, but were stood down shortly after launch when the casualty was located and confirmed to be safe. They returned back to station by 4.30pm

Before returning to her berth at the port, Holyhead Coastguard requested that the Holyhead ALB remain in the area of Porth Y Nant, while the ILB was tasked to recover the kayak, which had been pulled up on the beach.

After a risk assessment by ILB helm Dave Roberts, it was decided that the risk to crew in the worsening weather far outweighed the benefit of recovering the kayak.

Brett Hughes, Holyhead RNLI duty coxswain, said: "We were glad there was a successful outcome to the situation, and the kayaker managed to get back to shore. It was also good that he had given others an estimated time he should be back.

"However, we would advise that anyone wishing to head out around our coastline pays heed to the weather forecast and does not put themselves at any risk.

"The conditions we were searching in were poor; wind was at 25-35 knots, which is a force 7, and were worsening. We were glad the kayaker was located when he was."

David Owens, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Holyhead RNLI, praised the crew who turned out for the search.

He said: "We have a great group of volunteers who will turn out in all weathers to help someone in need, and yesterday was no exception."