Kite-surfer call-out for Weston RNLI and coastguard

Weston RNLI's Atlantic Class lifeboat. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Weston RNLI's Atlantic Class lifeboat. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Weston’s coastguard and RNLI crews were called, mid-way through yesterday’s (Sunday’s) remembrance service, to rescue a kite-surfer who was in trouble.

The RNLI crew paraded through the town but were paged to attend the emergency incident at 11.06am.

A member of the public had seen the kite-surfer in difficulty of Uphill Beach.

Crews left Grove Park immediately but by the time they reached the seen the kite-surfer had sorted themselves out.

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Mike Buckland, the lifeboat operations manager at Weston station, said: “We feel it is important to attend the annual service to give thanks to those who lost their lives for our freedom.


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“However, our main aim is saving lives at sea so even during such a solemn ceremony we did our duty and launched the lifeboat.

“Even though the kite surfer saved himself we would always want to go and check that all is well.”

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