25, 2015 Kite
surfer rescued by lifeboat in Burnham after getting into difficulty
kite surfer has thanked Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat crew for coming
to his rescue after he got into difficulty in the sea on Monday
Andrew Kruszynski from Bristol, pictured, was taking advantage
of the strong onshore winds by kite surfing when several lines
became twisted and he lost his board in the sea.
"My kite lines got tangled up, making it very difficult
to control, then my board came off in the sea and floated away,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"I climbed up the navigation pole at the end of the jetty
in the water
to try and see where the board was. The RNLI helped me safely
down and got me back to the shore," he said. "I was
slightly embarrassed, but grateful for their help."
have been out in far stronger winds than this so it was just bad
luck that it happened here."
Lifeboat spokesman Mike Lang added: "Our volunteers were
glad to help, but it is not a good idea to climb navigation marks,
in case of accidental damage, which can adversely affect other
water users. He had also placed himself at risk by his action."
The rescued man being taken back to shore by the RNLI lifeboat
RNLI's lifeboat was called out just after 1.10pm to help the kite
surfer. Crew members recovered him and his board, pictured above,
Coastguards co-ordinated the rescue from the town's beach
The man was seen clinging to the pole as the crew arrived (pic/video
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