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Adult male windsurfer recovered from sea at West Kirby

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat’s assistance was requested by HM Coastguard at 4:03pm yesterday to provide support for the RNLI Lifeguard jet ski in returning a windsurfer safely to shore.

The windsurfer had experienced difficulties whilst on the water resulting in the loss of his sail. The RNLI Lifeguard jet ski had been in the vicinity and was able to assist the casualty, however, required additional support so as to be able to retrieve the casualty’s sail. The volunteer crew of RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat’s launch vehicle proceeded to the scene over West Kirby beach. Upon sighting the casualty by the tide line, the three crew members transferred him and his windsurfing board to the BV tractor.

After a 20 minute search, the RNLI Lifeguard jet ski successfully recovered the sail and it was brought ashore approximately in the area near to Middle Eye. The sail was de-rigged and returned to the casualty. The casualty did not require any medical assistance and it was agreed to that he should be transferred to Stanley Road Slipway as his car was parked near by.

RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat returned to the station and undertook the tradition of getting volunteer crew member, Nic Griffiths, to ring the station’s bell to celebrate his first ‘shout’. RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat was then washed down and prepared for service.

Ed Rowland, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority for West Kirby’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘The RNLI plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of visitors to this area and today reflects the importance of teamwork to achieve a successful outcome. RNLI West Kirby undertakes training exercises with the local RNLI Lifeguards to be able to respond quickly and appropriately in such situations.’

Notes to editors

  • West Kirby Sea lifeboat station has been operating since 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

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