Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat at 6.05pm to go to the aid of a kite surfer in trouble off Hunstanton. RNLI volunteer crew launched in rough seas at 6.12pm and proceeded to the casualty.
The casualty was soon located and pulled into the lifeboat Spirit of West Norfolk.
He was showing signs of hypothermia having been in the water for some 30 minutes or more and had also swallowed a quantity of seawater. The crew asked for medical backup to be at the station to check him over when they returned.
On return to the boathouse he was taken into the crew room and assessed by the paramedics and it was decided to transfer him to the Queen Elizabeth hospital Kings Lynn as a precautionary measure. When a person has been in the water for some time and swallowed a quantity of water, there is always a risk of secondary drowning. He is understood to be a local 27 year old from Snettisham and was with a friend who managed to swim ashore and raise the alarm using the emergency telephone fixed on the boathouse wall.
The lifeboat made a net recovery as the seas were running quite large and the wind was NE 5. High Water was 6.34pm.
This was a very quick response by the volunteer crew, carried out in true RNLI tradition of saving lives at sea and undoubtedly saved this young mans life.
The photos of the net recovery give some idea of the sea conditions and what it is like to be the tractor driver being pounded by heavy seas.
As always, you can keep up to date with details of all the latest news on the Hunstanton page of the RNLI website… and also on Facebook.
Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.