Kite surfer, 63, airlifted to hospital

20:15 17 October 2012

Chivenor Sea King search and rescue helicopter was called into action earlier today.

Chivenor Sea King search and rescue helicopter was called into action earlier today.

Archant

Extreme sports enthusiast washed up on rocks in huge swell at Saunton.

A KITE surfer was airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty in rough seas off the North Devon coast today (Wednesday).

The 63-year-old was taken to North Devon District Hospital with cuts and bruises after becoming washed up on rocks at Saunton Sands.

Swansea Coastguard scrambled the search and rescue helicopter from nearby Chivenor after being alerted by a member of the public.

The Croyde Coastguard Rescue Team helped to secure a helicopter landing zone on the beach.

Rough seas, coupled with southerly gale force winds and 8ft surf made for challenging conditions in the water.

Swansea Coastguard watch manager David Jones said: “Coastguard warns water sports enthusiasts to always check conditions and tides before setting off.

“Don’t go alone and always wear a personal flotation device. Wear bright clothing which will help you be located if you get into difficulty.”

Related articles

0 comments

Other News Stories

16:24
The five Peoples' Postcode lottery winners Mike Cooper-Yeoman, Julie Baron, Maurice Dayman, Brenda Budden and Tom Stevens. Picture: Malcolm Rouse.

Families in the same street looking forward to Christmas after winning the Peoples’ Postcode Lottery

Read more
Hundreds lined Pilton's high street to say their final goodbyes to Green Man festival organiser Hamish Patrick

Hundreds of people lined Pilton Street today (Monday) to pay tribute to Green Man Festival organiser Hamish Patrick, who died earlier this month.

Read more
12:18

Man transferred to Derriford following collision with Ford Focus.

Read more
11:51
Jeremy Thorpe's trademark trilby hat on the coffin as it leaves the church. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

‘Wit, zeal and sheer panache’ is how former North Devon MP Nick Harvey described his former mentor Jeremy Thorpe at his funeral on Wednesday.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Subscriptions
Reader travel
Advertise
Photo Orders
Competitions
Facebook
Twitter
North Devon Football League
North Devon Gazette E-edition

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition
North Devon�s trusted business finder