Struggling kitesurfer rescued from Uphill tides

PUBLISHED: 11:48 31 October 2011 | UPDATED: 11:50 31 October 2011

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A KITESURFER had to be rescued by the RNLI after getting into trouble at Uphill beach.

At about 9am yesterday morning (Sun) both the charity’s lifeboats rescued a man who had lost control of his kite and was struggling against the tides.

He was pulled from the water but apart from exhaustion, was not injured.

RNLI Helmsman Nigel Congram said: “The tides in Weston Bay are too strong for most people to be able to swim against.

“They also always run in a clockwise direction. Our advice in circumstances such as this is to swim with the tide towards Black Rock at the mouth of the River Axe.

“Here they will be safe and can be helped ashore by the Coastguard or ourselves.”

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