New Brighton RNLI volunteers divert from training to kitesurfer
RNLI lifeboat crew on a helm training exercise were tasked by UK Coastguard to a kitesurfer thought to be in difficulty close to Derby Pool on Monday 9 September. The RNLI team was stood down en route as the rider had self-recovered to shore.
RNLI volunteers were stood down three minutes later, as the rider had made it to shore unaided safe and well, with no medical attention needed.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.