Windsurfer drifting out to sea off Seaton is rescued by Lyme lifeboat

A windsurfer in difficulty and drifting out to sea off Seaton was rescued by the Lyme Regis lifeboat.

The man was spotted in the sea a quarter of a mile off Seaton on Friday afternoon (September 25), where he was seen trying to paddle against an offshore wind when he could not get his sail up out of the water.

The stricken windsurfer, and his board, was taken back to shore where he was given safety advice by Beer Coastguard Rescue team.

The Coastguard team thanked the public for calling 999 and raising the alarm.

A Beer Coastguard spokesman said: “The casualty was unable to get his sail back up and was attempting to paddle against an off shore wind.

“He was south of the River Axe and drifting out to sea when Lyme lifeboat reached his position.

“They got him onboard with his board and brought him ashore to be met by our team who assisted him and his board up the beach. We gave him safety advice.

“As no medical assistance was required, we returned to station.”


Photo: Beer Coastguard Rescue team.

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