Dungeness lifeboat tasked to kite floating in sea

Lifeboats News Release

Early afternoon on Sunday 7 October, HM Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to a kite seen in the sea by a passing ship, one mile southeast of the lifeboat station.

Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat launching to kite surfer

RNLI/volunteer shore crew member Mark Rippingale

Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat launching to kite surfer

Deputy volunteer second coxswain Steve Cardew in command of the RNLI Shannon class AWL (all weather lifeboat) 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew launched on service and proceeded to the position given of the kite but no casualty was seen accompanying it.

The kite was retrieved onto the lifeboat to avoid a shipping hazard and a search pattern was implemented for the missing surfer.

Meanwhile the kite surfer had made his own way safely to the shore and had seen the lifeboat being launched so ran along the beach to the boathouse to alert station personnel that he was safe.

The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service while the kite surfer and his kite were reunited.

Deputy second coxswain Cardew said ‘ This was a good outcome today but please always remember to contact the Coastguard on 999 if you get into any difficulties’

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  • Judith Richardson – Dungeness RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 01797 320062/Mob: 07859264226
  • Email: pressofficer@dungenesslifeboat.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer (South East) 0207 6207416/07786 66882 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

RNLI/Judith Richardson LPO

Kite after retrieved from the sea

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