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4 August 2016, 12:28
A windsurfer has been rescued after lifeguards at Minnis Bay saw him getting into difficulty in blustery conditions off the north Kent coast.
When they lost sight of him they alerted coastguards which lead to an air and sea rescued operation.
Margate's RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked, along with the coastguard helicopter from Lydd Airport and a coastguard rescue team.
Initially they could not find the man but a coastal survey vessel spotted him in the water some two miles from where he was last sighted. They got him on board and provided initial casualty care as he was showing signs of shock and seasickness.
It was then decided to transfer him to the lifeboat for a rapid transfer to the beach at Minnis Bay where he was handed over to the RNLI lifeguards and coastguard team and in turn into the care of the South East Coast Ambulance Service.
Peter Barker, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Margate Lifeboat Station said: "This chap owes his life to the vigilance of both the RNLI lifeguards and the passing survey vessel which located him some distance from where he got into difficulties.
"If you see anything suspicious at sea dial 999 and ask for coastguard, you could save someone’s life".