Lifeboat crews rescue windsurfer

PUBLISHED: 15:01 08 June 2012

An RNLI lifeboat rescued the man

An RNLI lifeboat rescued the man

Archant

A WINDSURFER had to be rescued by lifeboat crews yesterday after getting into trouble in gale force gusts.

The man was windsurfing off the coast of Brean Down when he lost control of his board in the strong winds and rough seas at about 9pm yesterday (Thurs).

Weston RNLI rescued the man and took him back to shore.

He was cold and tired but otherwise uninjured.

As the lifeboat crews were preparing to return to base, a red flare was spotted further along the shoreline.

Nothing was found after an extensive search and after getting permission from the Coastguard, crews fired their flare for comparison.

Crews concluded it was unlikely the original sighting had been a flare.

But the firing of the crew’s flare did spark five 999 calls from the public reporting it.

Richard Spindler, deputy launching authority at Weston RNLI said: ‘It is reassuring to know that even on a dark and stormy night like this there are members of the public who keep their eyes open for problems at sea and do their public duty in informing the authorities.’

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