Lymington RNLI rescue kite surfer from sea

Lifeboats News Release

At 4pm today (31st October) HM Coastguard requested the services of the Lymington voluntary RNLI to assist a kite surfer in trouble between Lymington and Yarmouth.

The station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley was launched and proceeded to Tanners Lane where the first sight of the kite surfer in difficulty was reported.

The helm commenced the search of the casualty to the east of Lymington River, on a straight course for Tanners Lane. The crew quickly spotted the kite surfer low in the water and quickly recovered the casualty into the lifeboat.

The casualty was assessed and the lifeboat proceeded back to the harbourmaster's pontoon and was handed over into the care of the shore crew. The shore crew then prepared the lifeboat ready for service.

Media Contacts:

Suzanne Brown, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07711) 393910

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252

For enquiries outside normal business hours contact the RNLI duty press officer on (01202) 336789

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