TWO kayakers had to be rescued after getting into difficulty in the icy cold waters around Sully Island last week.

RNLI volunteers from Penarth Lifeboat Station rescued the two people from the sea at Lavernock point this afternoon at 4:30pm on December 22.

The kayakers had a VHF radio with them and used this to call for help as one of the two was in the water.

Using its direction finding equipment the lifeboat was able to locate the pair, even though the weather was foggy and visibility was very poor.

On arrival, members of the lifeboat crew were able to get both kayakers into the safety of the lifeboat and administer first aid.

One casualty was in need of additional medical support and was transported to hospital by ambulance from Penarth Lifeboat Station.

A number of agencies were involved in this rescue, including HM Coastguard Officers from Penarth, South Wales Police and specialist resources from the ambulance service.

Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Penarth RNLI Station said: "There is no doubt that the kayakers were saved by having good equipment with them, including that all important VHF radio.

"We would encourage all kayakers to ensure they are suitably equipped when out on the water."