Kite surfer rescued from sea after ropes got snagged

A kitesurfer rescued off Tynemouth Longsands. Picture by Michael Scott/RNLI.
A kitesurfer rescued off Tynemouth Longsands. Picture by Michael Scott/RNLI.

A kite surfer was rescued after getting into difficulties off the coast of Tynemouth.

Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called out after a member of the public had spotted the kite surfer in difficulties 100m off the coast at Tynemouth Longsands just after 7.10pm on Friday, May 15.

The lifeboat volunteer crew of Ben Bradshaw, Ross Dunn, Steve Graham and Marc Pattinson were quickly on scene where they were able to assess the situation.

They found the surfer’s strapping and ropes from his kite was snagged in some kelp and he was unable to release himself.

Ben Bradshaw directed a crew member to swim out to assist the casualty and he was then able to release his kite before the crew ensured he made it safely back to shore.

Ben said: “The casualty was kitesurfing at low tide and his location had a lot of kelp in the water.

“When we arrived at the scene it was good to see he had all the correct safety equipment.”