Coastguard

Coastguard and lifeboat called to rescue kitesurfer in channel

Rescue teams from Burnham-on-Sea were called in yesterday (April 24) to rescue a kitesurfer after he ran into trouble off the coast of Brean. Burnham Lifeboat and the Coastguard Rescue Team were alerted to the incident by the beach warden at around 12.17pm on Sunday.

The lifeboat was launched from the slipway at Burnham, while the coastguard arrived by road and on foot. They discovered that the individual had tangled his lines and collapsed his kite.

A spokesperson for the Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team said: ‘The windy conditions in the estuary are perfect for kitesurfing. While today an enthusiast struggled after his lines got tangled and fell apart with his kite.

“The beachkeeper had called our coastguard operations center and reported the incident. They quickly contacted us and our colleagues at Burnham Lifeboats. The boat was launched from Burnham slipway and we got together. directed to places along the route.

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“Once they arrived at the scene, the Lifeboat crew had arrived and were helping the injured man and his gear, along with a kayaker who had come forward to help keep the surfer afloat on the boat and handed them over to two members. of our team who were waiting.

“Once we assessed them for any medical issues, we were happy to have them back with their families, helped by the beach guards. An easy rescue but certainly essential, with the wind pushing them further than they could back down. .

“As always it is good to work with essential support resources including the RNLI lifeboats at Burnham-on-Sea. Burnham-on-sea has a very large pool of maritime rescue teams and each is essential to keeping our coastline safe. As always, if anyone is in danger or in difficulty along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.”

The rescue comes as the RNLI announces it will begin providing services to Burnham-on-Sea and Berrow beaches on Saturday July 2 in hopes of providing additional lifeguard service to Brean beach. The high summer season then runs until Sunday 4 September.

New beaches mean the need for more lifeguards, with the charity looking for more lifeguards. If you would like to find out more about the RNLI Beach Lifeguard Service and would like to apply, Luke Penman, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor for North Devon and Somerset, is running two courses which will take place in Burnham-on- Sea over three weekends (May 14-15, May 21-22, May 28-29) which includes the judging day on Sunday May 29.

Click here for more information on becoming a lifeguard in Somerset.