Dungeness lifeboat responds to 999 call for a kite surfer
On Thursday 10 August at 5.33pm the UK Coastguard tasked the lifeboat after receiving a 999 call, to a kite surfer clinging to his kite board half a mile from the shore, near to the Dungeness Power Station.
As soon as the lifeboat had rounded the Dungeness Point, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ had all his volunteer crew on deck to visually search for the casualty. Anglers on the beach were seen waving and pointing in the direction of a kite board in the water with the casualty clinging to it. The casualty was safely picked up from the sea and his kite board retrieved and after making sure he was in good health, the casualty was bought back to the boathouse at Dungeness. The lifeboat was washed down and made ready for service by 7.20pm
Coxswain Adams said ‘The casualty was well prepared and did the right thing by staying with his board’
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