surfers in trouble next to Brean Down are rescued by lifeboats
kite surfers in difficulty at Brean Down were rescued by lifeboats
on Monday morning (October 5th).
crews from Weston were called out just before 11am after a member
of the public saw the two apparently in difficulties near the
north side of Brean Down.
boats were launched within minutes and raced to investigate and
the crews found the surfers in the water with their kites unusable
due to a lack of wind.
surfers had decided to try to swim to the beach at Uphill but
the strong tides were making this difficult.
one of the casualties was in reasonably good condition the other
was getting cold and becoming exhausted.
a result, the crew took them and their equipment onboard and carried
them to the beach where they were checked over by the Coastguard
to see if they needed medical assistance.
Congram, helmsman, said: "For us this was a simple call but
for the two in the water it could have been very different. The
tides in the Bristol Channel in general are very strong and difficult
to swim against. A least one of these surfers was unlikely to
make it to land if we had not been there."