Kite surfer rescued by lifeboat

PUBLISHED: 16:48 29 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:48 29 July 2013

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Two people had to be rescued from the Exmouth 'duckpond' after a kite surfer got into difficulties.

The inshore lifeboat George Bearman was called out after an emergency call at 9.34am last Thursday.

The kite surfer, finding it difficult to inflate his kite, he made his way to a yellow marker on a sandbank to await rescue, when his friend swam out to him.

Both were picked up by the lifeboat and taken to safety.

Volunteer lifeboat operations manager, Kevin Riley MBE, said: “In light of recent fatal incidents during the country’s hot weather, the public are strongly encouraged not to swim out to casualties as it puts themselves at further risk.

“In this case we had to pick up two casualties instead of one, which was unnecessary as the inshore lifeboat was already on its way.”

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