Lowestoft Lifeboat and coastguard teams called to aid kite surfer

Lowestoft Lifeboat was called out.

Lowestoft Lifeboat was called out. - Credit: Archant

A kite surfer, who got into difficulties off Kessingland, has been assisted back to shore by a lifeboat crew.

The HM Lowestoft and Southwold Coastguard Rescue Teams respond to a call-out. Picture: Natasha Mills

The HM Lowestoft and Southwold Coastguard Rescue Teams respond to a call-out. Picture: Natasha Mills - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Lifeboat and HM coastguard rescue officers from Lowestoft and Southwold were called out following reports that the kite surfer was in trouble in the Kessingland area this afternoon (Monday).

Relief coxswain Tommy Cocking launched the Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat, Patsy Knight, about 4.50pm today.

The kite surfer, believed to be a man aged 29/30, had got into difficulties at sea when the winds dropped, and he let go of the kite before attempting to swim to shore with the board.

A lifeboat spokesman said: 'The lifeboat got to the man about half a mile off the shore at Kessingland. He was opposite The Hollies when the lifeboat arrived, having become separated from the kite as he was clinging to the board.'

The lifeboat crew took him aboard and took him to shore, where he was collected by the coastguard teams and checked over.

'He was absolutely fine and not injured,' the lifeboat spokesman added.

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A spokesman for the HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold co-located rescue teams said: 'He did not need any medical attention and was fine.'

Five coastguard rescue officers attended.

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