Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370
Launch Report 010-011/2013
KITE SURFER REPORTED IN DIFFICULTY OFF BUDLE BAY IN NORTHUMBERLAND
At 17.24hr on Saturday 6th July 2013, Humber Coastguard received an emergency call from the wife of a Kite Surfer. She was on the shore at Budle Bay in North Northumberland. She could see her husband on his kite surfing board, well offshore, north of Budle Bay towards Holy Island (Lindisfarne). The wind had dropped, and he appeared unable to return to the shore, and his wife was becoming concerned for his safety.
Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager was paged, and advised of the situation. He immediately paged both Seahouses Lifeboat Crews for launch. Kite surf boards can be hazardous to recover due to the wires used in their construction, which can whip violently if the Kite inflates with a sudden wind gust. These wires can cause serious injury unless extreme care is taken.
The Inshore Lifeboat located the casualty, and managed to carefully tow the kite back to the shore. The assistance of the All Weather Lifeboat was not required on this occasion, and it was released to return to station just as it neared the scene. The Kite surfer was landed safely and reunited with his wife, and also met by local shore based Coastguards from Seahouses.He did not require any medical assistance. Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat then also returned to station.