Redcar RNLI launch to kite surfer in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

The Redcar RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched on 24 December 2016 to recover from the sea kitesurfing equipment which had become detached from the kitesurfer.

Redcar RNLI launching to recover kitesurfing equipment.

RNLI/Dave Cocks

Redcar RNLI launching to recover kitesurfing equipment.

Several calls were made to UK Coastguard reporting that a kite could be seen blowing across the surface of the sea off Redcar, but there was no sight of the surfer himself.

As Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team was assembling to investigate, the male, age 25 from Middlesbrough, arrived at the lifeboat station to tell the crews that he was safe and well.

The town’s inshore lifeboat was launched to bring back the lost equipment, which by this time was snagged on fishermen’s keep-pots approximately 300 metres north of the lifeboat station.


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  • Image show the Redcar RNLI launching to recover kitesurfing equipment. Credit RNLI/Dave Cocks
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