Windsurfer brought to safety in a combined RNLI Lifeboat and RNLI Lifeguard resc
A windsurfer in difficulties was rescued at Minster on Sea,Isle of Sheppey, by crews from the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboats and Lifeguard unit at the weekend
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 2.17pm on Sunday 15 August to respond to a windsurfer reported to be in difficulties more than 200mtrs off shore at the Leas, Minster.
The RNLI Lifeguards on duty at The Leas had initially been informed of the windsurfer and one of the team had paddled out on a rescue board to assist the casualty.
Having reached the windsurfer the decision was made to call out the lifeboat to assist, due to the poor conditions and a fresh offshore wind blowing at the time.
Launching at 2.37pm with a crew of three the lifeboat was on scene at 2.41pm and quickly took both the casualty and the RNLI Lifeguard onboard and then transported them both to the safety of the beach at the Leas.
Weather part cloudy, Wind SW f4, sea state calm, visibility good.
The lifeboat was released from incident at 3.05pm,returned to station at 3.20pm and was ready for service again at 3.45pm
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 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.