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Kite surfer
Date / Time:
Sunday 11th Nov 2018 - 13:43 » 14:40
#110 / 2018

The team were paged at 1343 to reports of a kitesurfer waving for help off Overcombe.
Solent Coastguard had received a call from a member of the public reporting a kite surfer who appeared to be in trouble. The duty IRT proceeded as did Weymouth Lifeboat ILB.
On route to the kite surfer, the crew of the lifeboat came across a windsurfer with a broken rig who had apparently been on his way out to assist the kite surfer before getting into difficulties himself.
The lifeboat crew took the windsurfer on board and then proceeded to the reported position of the kite surfer. This turned out to have changed as the kite surfer who had become detached from his rig had drifted a considerable distance from the first reported position. A short search soon located him some 500m from the beach at Bowlease.
The kite surfer and windsurfer were recovered from the water were returned to the beach at Bowlease to be met by the team
The Coastguard would always encourage members of the public who see anyone in trouble on the sea to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard, giving as much information as they can about what and where they have seen it.

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