Fears for windsurfer battling rough seas

09:56 03 February 2014

The  windsurfer who sparked lifeboat crew concerns as he battled high winds and rough seas at Lyme Regis. Photo Richard Horobin

The windsurfer who sparked lifeboat crew concerns as he battled high winds and rough seas at Lyme Regis. Photo Richard Horobin

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Lyme Regis lifeboat put on standby

Lyme Regis lifeboat was put on standby on Friday evening after reports that a windsurfer was in difficulties in high winds and rough seas just outside the town’s harbour.

Two crew members, Elliott Herbert and Murray Saunders, called coastguards when they grew concerned for the windsurfer.

“He was a very long way off shore in very heavy conditions, and two other people on surf boards appeared worried,” said Mr Saunders.

“I had already heard of one surf boarder who had lost his rigging in the conditions, so we thought it best to take no chances.”

The lifeboat was about to be launched when it was decided the windsurfer, who was now close to shore, was in no apparent danger.”

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