Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers launched to kite surfer in a S.W. force 7.
The volunteers on the crew of the R N LI Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from the U.K Coastguard, to launch to assist if required a kite surfer reported to be in difficulties near Waterloo Port on the Menai Straits.
At 4.08 pm the Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched. Once in the vicinity off Plas Menai they received an updated request to investigate an object amongst the moorings at that location, but this turned out to be debris.
A report was then received that the casualty had made it ashore in the vicinity of the old Ferodo factory site. When the lifeboat arrived at this location they found a windsurfer being assisted by the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team.
He insisted on re-entering the water to recover his craft to a nearby slip as this involved him wading waste deep in water for about 100 yards it was considered prudent for the lifeboat to remain in the vicinity.
Once the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team reported that the windsurfer was safe and in the Coastguard vehicle,permission was given for the lifeboat to return to station
The lifeboat was recovered at Beaumaris at 5.20 pm being washed down, refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 5.50 pm.
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