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Cardigan RNLI lifeboat and RNLI lifeguards respond to windsurfer in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Cardigan RNLI lifeboat and RNLI lifeguards on Aberporth beach responded to a windsurfer seemingly in difficulty on Friday (8 July).

The windsurfer was spotted by lifeguards quite a way off the beach seemingly struggling to return to shore.

Lifeguard Ben Thomas paddled out to the windsurfer but due to the distance from the shore and uncertainty about their condition the lifeguard team called Milford Haven Coastguard to request assistance from Cardigan RNLI lifeboat, which was launched at 4.51pm.

The windsurfer has sustained damage to the sail and the casualty had managed to paddle board part-way back to the shore.

When the Atlantic class lifeboat arrived at the scene the casualty was  making his own way back to shore, escorted by the RNLI lifeguard.

The lifeboat waited until both the windsurfer and RNLI lifeguard were safely on shore and returned to the station.

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