Rhyl Lifeboat Crew Rescue Kitesurfer Stranded off Kinmel Bay

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The Rhyl RNLI inshore lifeboat approaches the stricken kite surfer. Photo: RNLI The Rhyl RNLI inshore lifeboat approaches the stricken kite surfer. Photo: RNLI

A kite surfer was rescued on Friday afternoon by crew members from Rhyl RNLI after becoming "detached" from the board.
The lifeboat was launched at 5.07pm following calls to Holyhead Coastguard.

The casualty was located within five minutes of launching and floating in the sea about half a mile off Kinmel Bay.
The kite and the casualty were recovered on to the lifeboat, and the all-weather lifeboat was stood down.
Once ashore, the casualty elected to walk back to their launch site off the Rhyl Kite school by the Pavilion theatre.
The inshore lifeboat returned to station by 5.50pm.
Simon Jones, of Rhyl Kite surfing school said:
"Unfortunately the surfer came off their board which detached from the rest of the equipment, leaving the person stranded in the water.
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The track of the RNLI lifeboat during the rescue

"I contacted the coastguard for assistance and the lifeboat launched very quickly."
Martin Jones, Coxswain of Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station said:
"Simon did the right thing to call 999 and contact the coastguard, enabling us to get on scene quickly after being paged.
"We are glad the casualty suffered no injuries, as all safety procedures were followed."
Unfortunately, the board was not found as the lifeboat returned to station. If it is found, please contact Simon at the kite surfing school, as it is their property.

Last modified onSaturday, 19 September 2020 13:57

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