Cowes RNLI with the rescued windsurfer. Picture courtesy of Cowes RNLI.
A rescue operation was launched after a windsurfer came ashore at Lepe, Hampshire, and reported his friend had lost his mast while windsurfing near East Lepe Buoy.
Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched and began a search in “challenging wind-against-tide conditions” according to a spokesman.
They failed to find the windsurfer at that location and were advised to move the search to the West Lepe Buoy area.
“Eventually, against all odds, crew member Graham Creigh reported just glimpsing a head in the water a quarter of a mile away.
“The man was found clinging to his board, cold and exhausted. His broken mast and sail, which had become shredded, was nearby. After putting him in a sea-survival bag he was eventually reunited with his friend at Lepe beach,” said the spokesman.
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