Dungeness RNLI lifeboat responds to 999 call for a kite surfer clinging to his kite board
On Thursday 10 August at 5.33pm the UK Coastguard tasked the lifeboat after receiving a 999 call, to a wind surfer clinging to his kite board half a mile from the shore, near to the Dungeness Power Station.
As soon as the lifeboat had rounded the Dungeness Point, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ had all his volunteer crew on deck to visually search for the casualty. Anglers on the beach were seen waving and pointing in the direction of a kite board in the water with the casualty clinging to it. The casualty was safely picked up from the sea and his kite board retrieved and after making sure the he was in good health, bought him back to the boathouse at Dungeness. The lifeboat was washed down and made ready for service by 7.20pm.
Coxswain Adams said ‘The casualty was well prepared and did the right thing by staying with his board’
Photograph of the kite board and sails safely stowed on the stern of the RNLI lifeboat taken by volunteer crew member Simon Collins
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