Sidmouth Lifeboat called out to help kite surfer

Sidmouth Lifeboat. Ref shs 4548-02-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Sidmouth Lifeboat. Ref shs 4548-02-15SH. Photo Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Lifeboat was called out this afternoon (May 19) after reports of a kite surfer getting into difficulty.

In its second call out of the year, a crew launched Sidmouth 2 at 2.40pm following a page by HM Coastguard.

The kite surfer was found a quarter-of-a-mile off of Sidmouth.

A lifeboat spokesman said: “With the kite surfer close in amongst rocky ground off of East Beach, Sidmouth 2 was launched to check his well being and then offer assistance. He was confirmed ok, but was determined to recover himself to the shore, which he eventually managed with Sidmouth 2 and Sidmouth Cliff Rescue Team standing by to monitor his safety.”

By 3.15pm the kite surfer had returned to shore, prompting the crew to stand down.

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