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Lymington RNLI called to assist a Kitesurfer

Lifeboats News Release

On 16 January at 12.06pm HM Coastguard received a call from a member of the public concerning a kitesurfer.

Lifeboat launch

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

Lifeboat launch

The station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley was swift to launch under the helm of Simon Nuding. The weather conditions were fair with good visibility.

The lifeboat proceeded to Oxey Lake near the entrance of the Lymington River, as guided by the Coastguard. On arrival the lifeboat came alongside the casualty and checked that they were not suffering from the cold. The wind had dropped significantly which meant that they were unable to reach the sea wall. The casualty was well prepared for the weather conditions, wearing a lifejacket and carrying a personal locator beacon for emergency use.

The casualty and their kit was recovered onto the lifeboat and they proceeded back to the Lymington RNLI station. The lifeboat was prepared by the shore crew and was ready for service again at 1.15pm.

The helm Simon Nuding said ‘The casualty was one of the most prepared people I have rescued. They were unlucky that the wind had dropped off unexpectedly. It is important to remember the sea temperature is very cold at this time of year, and it is essential that people wear appropriate clothing if venturing out.’

Press details for press release

Suzanne Brown, Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07711) 393910 [email protected]

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252 [email protected]

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