Dart RNLI launches twice in quick succession

Lifeboats News Release

Two youths in a kayak and a man on a windsurfer each separately required help in difficult wind and sea conditions by Dart RNLI on Friday (6 August).

Dart RNLI B class inshore lifeboat leaves her Aqua Dock to assist a windsurfer in Start Bay

Judith Pennell.

Dart RNLI B class inshore lifeboat leaves her Aqua Dock to assist a windsurfer in Start Bay

Two boys had planned to paddle their kayak from Warfleet to Blackpool Sands when they were reported by a member of the public to be in the water. They had not capsized but were soaked in the choppy seas and strong headwinds. They were escorted by the Dart RNLI B class inshore lifeboat to the Coastguard Rescue team waiting for them on the beach.

About 40 minutes after their return to station the volunteers were called out again; this time to a man who had launched his windsurfer from Slapton Sands and was in difficulty. He was rescued half a mile off Forest Cove, after multiple calls from the public as he kept capsizing in the difficult sea and wind conditions. He was taken on board the lifeboat with his craft and taken to Blackpool Sands.

The photo was taken by Judith Pennell, on a visiting yacht as the B class inshore lifeboat set off to assist the windsurfer in Start Bay.

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