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St Davids all-weather lifeboat launches to missing windsurfer

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 6pm, 6 August, to search for a missing windsurfer at Broadhaven beach.

Dave James

St Davids Tamar class lifeboat
The RNLI lifeguards and Little & Broadhaven inshore RNLI lifeboat were already searching for the windsurfer who was seen in difficulty by the lifeguards.

As Norah Wortley and crew made their way across St Brides Bay the windsurfer had managed to get ashore and made himself known to the lifeguards.

The crew returned to station and ready for service at 7pm.

The RNLI is offering the following advice to windsurfers.
  • Tell someone you’re going surfing
    Let someone know when and where you are going out and, importantly, when you expect to be back.

  • Check weather and tides
    Before you set out, check the local forecast for wind, swell and tide.

  • Know your limits
    It’s easy to be caught out. Don’t challenge yourself too early and know your limits.

  • Be aware of rip currents
    Speak to an RNLI lifeguard to get advice on the location of rip currents.

  • Always wear a leash
    So you don’t become separated from your board.


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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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