No. 274
Title: Kitesurfer in difficulty off Slapton Sands
Date: Sat 5th Nov 2016
Location: 500 yards off Slapton Sands. Start Bay.

Launch Statistics

Time ...
of launch request: 2:09pm
to launch: -
from alert to incident: -
spent at incident: -
to recovery: 31 mins
back on service: 3:00pm
Conditions ...
Wind: North Easterly, 12 - 19 Knots
Sea State: Slight chop

A kitesurfer had launched, with a buddy, from close to the monument on Slapton Sands. He was reaching out from the beach when the wind died. He was then unable to re-launch at sea and the tide was carrying him in the direction of Start Point. His buddy came ashore and informed the Coastguard who then requested the Dart inshore lifeboat to launch. The lifeboat was stood down as they passed the Dancing Beggars off Coombe Point as the casualty had de-rigged and furled his kite and managed to swim ashore.
Lifeboat crew. Jamie Mathys, helmsman. Kevin John and Aaron Spicer crew.
Launch crew. Stuart Millard, tractor driver. Paul Manley crew.

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