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Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat called to a kite surfer thought to be trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Fears for the safety of a kite surfer seen to go down and be struggling on a sandbank off Lowestoft brought a call for help

The kite surfers sail recovered from near a sandbank

RNLI/Michael Howes

The kite surfers sail recovered from near a sandbank

Concerned onlookers on the South Beach at Lowestoft, who had been watching the solo kite surfer, saw that he appeared to be in trouble having reached the sandbank. They called the UK Coastguard who alerted Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat and the town’s Coastguard Rescue Team to investigate.

Lifeboat Deputy Second Coxswain Michael Robbins said, “We launched our relief lifeboat ‘John Metters’ shortly after 6pm and soon reached the sandbank opposite to Rectory Road in Lowestoft. It was quite choppy with waves breaking over the shallow sand bar and our volunteer crew quickly spotted an abandoned kite that we recovered with a boathook. Meanwhile we learnt from the UK Coastguard that the surfer had managed to free himself from his kite and abandoned it before swimming ashore.”

Later after the crew returned to the lifeboat station the surfer came to collect his kite and said that he struggled with the kite for a couple of minutes before deciding that as it was getting late he would get himself ashore.

“He was well prepared with all the right kit on so he wasn’t cold. He was worried about not being spotted in the gloom. On reaching the beach a couple of people ran up to him to check that he was alright.”

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Lowestoft relief lifeboat searching for the kite surfer

RNLI/Michael Howes

Lowestoft relief lifeboat searching for the kite surfer
The volunteer crew on Lowestoft Lifeboat recover the kite surfer's sail

RNLI/Michael Howes

The volunteer crew on Lowestoft Lifeboat recover the kite surfer's sail

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