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Mudeford RNLI lifeboat crew rescue a kite surfer in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Mudeford RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched just after 5pm on Sunday (10 July) to assist a kite surfer in difficulty.

The lifeboat crew were called after a man's kite collapsed half a mile south of the long groin at Hengistbury Head.

The kite surfer's father raised the alarm from the shore after it became aparent his son was in trouble and began drifting further out to sea.

After a short search the volunteer crew located the casualty and apart from being a bit tired and cold all was well.

Mudeford RNLI crew recovered the casualty and his equipment back to the station to warm up.


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For more information contact Mudeford RNLI Deputy Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Nick Watts, on 07976 841987 or email

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