Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Assist Kite Surfer

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.40pm on Wednesday 10 April Calshot's RNLI D Class Lifeboat 'Willet' was launched to a kite surfer seen in difficulties just off Calshot beach.

Calshot RNLI D Class Lifeboat

RNLI/Laura Bean

Calshot RNLI D Class Lifeboat
A member of the public had spotted the kite surfer and alerted the NCI Lookout Tower at Calshot who were able to call in the request to the HM Coastguard to launch the Calshot RNLI Lifeboat.

Calshot's volunteer crew launched the D Class Lifeboat and made their way west of Stanswood Bay where the kite surfer had managed to make his way back to shore.

The experienced kite surfer had no injuries, they had done all the right things to ensure their safety but had just been caught by a lack of wind that left them unable to get the kite back up.

The volunteer crew were able to assist the casualty safely back to their base point at Calshot before returning to the station and making the lifeboat ready again for service.

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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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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