Skegness lifeboats assist kitesurfer after helicopter exercise

Saturday 30 October 2010

Author: Russell Matthews

Skegness lifeboats assist kitesurfer after helicopter exercise
Crew members on Skegness' RNLI lifeboats had just completed a training exercise with a RAF rescue helicopter this morning (Saturday) when they spotted a kitesurfer struggling off Central Beach, Skegness.

Both lifeboats launched at 10:50am for a planned training exercise with RAF helicopter Rescue 128. Crews from both boats had the opportunity to practise working with the aircraft and being winched up on the cable and back down to the lifeboats.

Following successful completion of the exercise, a kitesurfer was spotted about three-quarters of a mile off Central Beach, apparently in some difficulties.

The all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher approached the surfer and discovered he was tangled in his lines. They got him on board while the inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV located and recovered the man's kite.

The casualty was transferred to the inshore lifeboat and brought safely ashore.


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