KITE SURFER REPORTED IN DISTRESS

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At 09:40am on Sunday 22 September 2013, the duty Seahouses RNLI Launch Aurthority was paged by Humber Coastguard and informed that a kiteboarder was being blown out to sea at Annstead rocks, between Seahouses and Beadnell.

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It was agreed to launch the Inshore Lifeboat, and the crew were paged. The ILB launched at 09:50hr and proceeded to the scene, and while en route, reports came in that the casualty had managed to reach the shore safely himself. The ILB was then tasked to the shore to confirm the reports and ascertain if any medical assistance was required. On arrival it was discovered the casualty was safe and well but had ditched his kite out to sea. The ILB was requested to try and find the kite in case any further false alarms were received .The kite was located approximately 0.75 miles out to sea and returned to its owner. That done, the lifeboat returned to station at 10.28hr that day.

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