Man in critical condition after kite surfing incident in Hunstanton

A kite surfer was today said to be in a critical condition in hospital after an incident in Hunstanton on Friday afternoon.

The 52-year-old man, from the Leicestershire area, suffered neck, back and arm injuries after a gust of wind lifted him up 20 foot before sending him crashing back into the sea.

A crew from the RNLI lifeboat station in Hunstanton discovered the man at around 2.30pm after helping another kite surfer.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn on Friday where his condition was described as serious.

But he was later transferred to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge where his condition this afternoon was said to be critical.

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The kite surfer was on holiday with his wife and is believed to have been staying in Norfolk when the accident happened.

Speaking on Friday, Geoff Needham, of Hunstanton RNLI, said the man was unconscious when the crew found him.

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Mr Needham added: 'He was very lucky because if we hadn't been sent out to help the other kite surfer, we may not have seen this chap and he may not have survived.'

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