Margate-RNLI-rescues-kite-surfer-in-blustery-conditions

Byline: Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has been in action for the second time in two days, this afternoon rescuing a kite-boarder in difficulties off the north Kent coast.
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The alarm was raised earlier this afternoon (Friday 9 May) following concern about a windsurfer who was thought to be in difficulties off Minnis Bay Birchington. The inshore lifeboat was tasked to investigate and upon arrival at Minnis Bay accounted for a number of windsurfers who were operating in the area. There was concern however for one windsurfer, unconnected with the group, who could not be located. The lifeboat carried out an extensive search of the area before it was established that the missing windsurfer had made shore safely.

Local windsurfers then expressed concern for one of a group of kite-boarders who were operating further offshore near the Hook Sand beacon. The lifeboat investigated this report and located a kite-boarder who was experiencing difficulties with his kite-boarding kit. He was taken on board the lifeboat and transferred to shore at Minnis Bay, he was unharmed by his experience. Another kite-boarder retrieved his kit.

Nick Smith, deputy launching authority said: “Conditions were particularly blustery this afternoon and of course ideal for both windsurfers and kite-boarders. Thankfully however members of the local windsurfing club were able to alert the lifeboat to the kite-boarder who appeared to be in difficulties.”

Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has been in action for the second time in two days, this afternoon rescuing a kite-boarder in difficulties off the north Kent coast.
Page Content:

The alarm was raised earlier this afternoon (Friday 9 May) following concern about a windsurfer who was thought to be in difficulties off Minnis Bay Birchington. The inshore lifeboat was tasked to investigate and upon arrival at Minnis Bay accounted for a number of windsurfers who were operating in the area. There was concern however for one windsurfer, unconnected with the group, who could not be located. The lifeboat carried out an extensive search of the area before it was established that the missing windsurfer had made shore safely.

Local windsurfers then expressed concern for one of a group of kite-boarders who were operating further offshore near the Hook Sand beacon. The lifeboat investigated this report and located a kite-boarder who was experiencing difficulties with his kite-boarding kit. He was taken on board the lifeboat and transferred to shore at Minnis Bay, he was unharmed by his experience. Another kite-boarder retrieved his kit.

Nick Smith, deputy launching authority said: “Conditions were particularly blustery this afternoon and of course ideal for both windsurfers and kite-boarders. Thankfully however members of the local windsurfing club were able to alert the lifeboat to the kite-boarder who appeared to be in difficulties.”


Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate


RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789