Cowes RNLI responds to kite surfer in trouble
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.
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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