Lifeboat needed as kite and wind surfers get into trouble off Norfolk coast

The Spirit of West Norfolk RNLI lifeboat.

People taking part in water sports kept the crews busy at Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat Station today.

RNLI press officer Geoff Needham said a kite surfer came to the boathouse at 11.40am and reported another kite surfer was in trouble off the boathouse.

Mr Needham explained: 'Hunstanton lifeboat was just about to recover from morning exercise, crew re-launched and recovered kite and board, the person involved had managed to make it to shore.

'It was also reported that a female surfer was in trouble and a search for her was commenced, it was later confirmed that she had made it ashore.'

Mr Needham also said the Humber Coastguard had raised the alarm at 2.46pm after a report of a wind surfer in trouble, which saw the Spirit of West Norfolk lifeboat launched.

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He added: 'They recovered surfer and his gear, which had suffered a broken mast, and landed him at Hunstanton sailing club.'

Mr Needham also said that a young boy had come to the boathouse during the recovery of the wind surfer, saying that he had lost his parents.

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The boy stayed at the boathouse but was reunited with his parents after they had been found.

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