St An­drews kite surfer blown off­shore

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News - Paul ma­lik

The Broughty Ferry lifeboat was called to the aid of a kite surfer who had got him­self into dif­fi­culty in the wa­ter off St An­drews yes­ter­day evening.

Two crews from the Ferry lifeboat sta­tion were called to as­sist at St An­drews shortly af­ter 6pm.

The kite surfer had been blown off­shore by the strong winds while out at sea, and an RNLI Life­guard from the lo­cal beach pa­trol used his pad­dle-board to ini­tially see if the surfer re­quired any as­sis­tance.

It is un­der­stood the kite surfer might have jet­ti­soned his equip­ment af­ter get­ting into bother in the choppy wa­ters.

The gear was later re­cov­ered by the lifeboat crew and the man was able to re­turn to the shore safely.

A dog walker who was on the beach when it hap­pened said she saw a num­ber of coast­guard and life­guard of­fi­cials stand­ing on the shore, while the large lifeboat could be seen out at sea.

She said: “At first I saw the life­guard and some men in blue dry­suits stand­ing on the beach, and thought it might be an ex­er­cise or a drill.

“I then heard that the life­guard had pad­dled out to see if the male kite surfer was al­right.

“He had ap­par­ently got him­self stuck so he aban­doned his kite.

“I think some­one on­shore called the coast­guard, not the life­guards them­selves.

“It looked like the per­son had been blown or swept out to­wards Tentsmuir, as a small rib did go off in that di­rec­tion at one point.”

A spokesper­son for HM Coast­guard said: “A kite surfer was blown off­shore and two lifeboats from Broughty Ferry were called to as­sist.

“Two life­guards brought the man to shore and the lifeboat as­sisted in bring­ing the equip­ment back to dry land.”

A life­guard from St An­drews who pad­dled out to of­fer ini­tial as­sis­tance with coast­guard work­ers on the beach.

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