Kitesurfer in difficulty off Slapton Sands

Launch No: 274
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 5 November 2016
Location: 500 yards off Slapton Sands. Start Bay.
Photo: John Fenton

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.


Request Received 2:09pm
Time to recovery 31 minutes
Back on Service 3:00pm


Sea/River State Slight Chop
Wind Direction Northeast
Wind Strength 12-19 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Jamie Mathys (Helm)
Aaron Spicer
Kevin John

Shore Crew

Stuart Millard (Tractor Driver)
Paul Manley

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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