Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

30th May 2019

Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Called to Kite Surfer in Trouble

The 'D' class inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was requested to launch after a concerned member of the public notified the UK Coastguard that they had been watching a kite surfer struggling in the water for quite a while and lost sight of them.

The ILB was launched at 4.37 p.m. on Thursday 30th May and headed towards Aldwick where the casualty was reported to be approximately 200 yards off shore. At 4.50 p.m. they arrived on scene but reported nothing could be seen in the immediate area and so they conducted a search.

After a few minutes a person was spotted on the beach waving at the ILB so they proceeded to the person. The man reported that he and his wife had both been kite surfing and his wife had problems and was struggling in the water so he went to her aid. They broke down her rig and secured it before he towed her back to the shore.

The weather on scene was wind westerly force 5 with a moderate sea state in sunshine. The Helmsman said that both persons seemed experienced and were able to sort out the problem themselves and this call was a false alarm with good intent. The ILB returned to station at 5.10 p.m. and was rehoused straight away.

CREW: James Albrey (Helmsman), Andy Lee and Dan Langford.