Sister of tragic North-east kayaker Dominic Jackson plans to save lives with launch of new charity

Dominic Jackson

The sister of a kayaker who drowned has spoken of her hopes that his death will help save the lives of other people through her new charity and campaigning work with the RNLI.

Mother-of-four Ellie Jackson has just been awarded charity status for Plan B, which was launched in the aftermath of her brother’s death.

It is the first anniversary of the tragedy which claimed the life of Dominic Jackson after he set off from Portsoy harbour on February 4.

Originally from Sussex, the 35-year-old gardener had recently taken up the adventure sport. A massive sea and coastal search was launched. Two days later, his kayak and mobile phone were found. His body was recovered near the beach at Lybster in Caithness later that week.

The initial aim was to buy personal locator beacons to be left at kayak rental shops.

Ms Jackson said: “We are looking at making the site a bit like a TripAdvisor for enthusiasts. It will have local knowledge of sea conditions. If Dom had known what to expect, he might not have set out.”