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Cowes RNLI responds to kite surfer in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was paged by HM Coastguard this very windy morning (19 September) to go to the aid of a kite surfer who had lost his board off Lepe Spit, on the New Forest shore.

Stock photo of the Cowes RNLI lifeboat at sea by a large yellow buoy.

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Stock photo of the Cowes RNLI lifeboat.

The lifeboat launched at 11.08 am, heading into a grey, gusty and rough Solent and, despite the conditions, quickly arrived at the reported scene, 400 yards off the spit.

Here it was seen that the kite surfer had managed to self-recover to shore. Once it was established that all was well with the man, the Coastguard were informed and the lifeboat was stood down at 11.28, returning to station at midday.


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  • Nick Edwards, Cowes RNLI Volunteer Deputy Press Officer 07515664253/ [email protected]
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Media Regional Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426/ 07785 296252/ [email protected]
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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