Southend RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to a kitesurfer in distress
Friday October 6 at 4:40pm Southend-on-Sea RNLI volunteers were tasked by H.M. Coastguard to assist a distressed kitesurfer reported in the vicinity of the Mulberry Harbour off Thorpe Bay.
In clear skies with a calm sea and moderate West breeze at 4:52pm, Southend RNLI volunteers launched the charity’s D-class inshore lifeboat D-818 Len Thorne GM DFC, the crew headed towards the reported location of the kitesurfer near the Mulberry Harbour.
Arriving on scene at 4:56pm the RNLI inshore lifeboat crew quickly located the casualty. The male kitesurfer had been struggling to get back to shore for around 40 minutes, he was taken onboard the charity’s D-class lifeboat, a quick medical assessment found the casualty in good health with no medical assistance needed.
The volunteer crew transferred the casualty to West beach slipway at 5:02pm where Southend Coastguard rescue team took care of the kitesurfer. RNLI lifeboat D-818 returned to station at 5:20pm.
Key safety information on kitesurfing can be found on the RNLI website https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/kitesurfing
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Photo credits, Martin Harvey & Southend RNLI/Nigel Gilchrist
Southend-on-Sea Lifeboat Station has been saving lives since 1879. The RNLI has two D-class inshore lifeboats housed at Southend RNLI.
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