Lowestoft lifeguards rescue kite surfer in difficulty

The lifeguards acted quickly to help the kite surfer on Lowestoft beach. Picture: Nick Butcher.

The lifeguards acted quickly to help the kite surfer on Lowestoft beach. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Two RNLI lifeguards from Lowestoft acted quickly to rescue a kite surfer in difficulty during strong winds.

The RNLI lifeguard base at Lowestoft beach. Picture: MICK HOWES

The RNLI lifeguard base at Lowestoft beach. Picture: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Rob Barham and Callum Ball were just finishing their eight hour shift, at about 6pm yesterday (Friday), when they noticed a kite surfer appeared to be in difficulty.

A post on the RNLI Lifeguards East of England Facebook page read: 'Callum paddled some 200m out to sea to assist the kite surfer whilst Rob remained on watch and communications if needed.

'Fighting the fast flooding tide and strong northerly wind, Callum knew he had to paddle fast back into shore.

'Rob followed Callum and the casualty along the beach where Callum made it back to safety 500m south of Lowestoft Beach.'


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The lifeguards then performed their checks and walked back to the lifeguard unit to finish their day – 45 minutes after their actual finish time.

'This really highlights the importance of checking local weather conditions, using the right equipment and respecting the water around our coastline,' the post added.

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