Blyth RNLI rescues windsurfer

Blyth RNLI was called to rescue a wind surfer being swept out to sea on Sunday.

The RNLI was called to go to the assistance of a wind surfer who had become separated from his board, was attempting to make his way back to shore but was being carried out to sea by the conditions.

The wind surfer had been spotted by members of Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club who raised the alarm.

The volunteer lifeboat crew made contact with the lifeguards on the shore and were guided onto the casualty who was now approximately half a mile out to sea.

Once the casualty was recovered into the lifeboat, an initial medical assessment was made and the casualty was landed on Blyth beach into the care of the lifeguards. The lifeboat then returned to recover the casualties sail and make a quick search of the area for his board from which he had become separated.

Blyth RNLI lifeboat operations manager, John Scott, said: “It was good to see the lifeboat, lifeguards and coastguard team all working together.”