Calshot RNLI rescue kite surfer in difficulty within sight of shore
The volunteer crew of Calshot RNLI were tasked to reports of a kite surfer in the water between Calshot and Lepe.
At 1:13pm on Saturday 20 September, the pagers sounded and the Atlantic 85 B-Class lifeboat Max Walls launched with Tom Pedersen, Graham Burgess, Paul Sleep & Andy Bean on board and made best speed to attend to the casualty.
The casualty had been spotted from the shore by a local kayaker and they had realised that the kite surfer was in difficulty. The kayaker paddled his boat out to assist the kite surfer and await the lifeboat.
Helm Tom Pedersen had to balance the need to provide rapid assistance to a casualty in the water, with the safety of the lifeboat and crew due to the the potential danger of trailing lines from the surfers rig catching and fouling the lifeboats propeller.
On reaching the casualty, the crew managed to get him into the lifeboat and whilst his condition was assessed and immediate medical care provided by one of the crew members, the remaining crew secured the kite surfers rig and also took on board the kayaker and his boat.
Once all secured, the crew returned to station where the casualty was passed over to HM Coastguard mobile rescue unit.
Helm Tom Pedersen said; ‘The casualty was in difficulty in sight of land, however due to being tangled in his lines and the strong current, was unable to make it ashore unassisted. The casualty had been in the water for a significant period of time when we arrived and even though he was wearing a good quality wetsuit, he was incredibly cold and tired. Even though we’ve had warm weather recently, the sea temperature is much lower and had he been in the water much longer there was a very real possibility of hypothermia setting in. We always advise anyone heading to sea to take a means of communication with them, that is readily accessible in an emergency'.
Additional Crew Involved In Shout:
Shore Crew: Sean Marsh (Head Launcher), Damian Lester (Launch Vehicle Driver), Dan Wells
Deputy Launching Authority: Diane Carrier
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