West Kirby RNLI come to the aid of kitesurfer

Lifeboats News Release

West Kirby RNLI launched late morning after a member of the public contacted HM Coastguard as a kitesurfer appeared to be in difficulty off Cubbins Green.

RNLI/David Edwards

West Kirby RNLI volunteer crew launched at 11.49am following a request by HM Coastguard and reached the casualty within 2 minutes. The casualty had, in fact, taken a dip due to a sudden drop in wind rather than as a consequence of being in difficulty. The volunteer crew checked on the well-being of the casualty, who was well-prepared as he was wearing all the recommended safety gear, including a buoyancy aid and VHF radio.

Speaking following the call out, Richard Diamond, West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘The concerned member of the public was absolutely correct in contacting the Coastguard as even experienced individuals can find themselves in difficulty. It is important to note that this individual was well-kitted out and wearing the appropriate kit, which is of utmost importance as sea temperature is quickly dropping. Please do call 999 and ask for the Coastguard should you suspect that anyone is in difficulty near to or on the water.’

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