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RNLI Bridlington lifeboats called after reports of kite surfers in trouble.

Lifeboats News Release

The station's inshore lifeboat and the all-weather lifeboat were paged at 6.20 pm on Saturday 11 May after members of the public had seen two kite surfers in difficulty.

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Bridlington lifeboat leaves the beach to join the search
The RNLI inshore lifeboat Windsor Spirit with Adi Trower at the helm and his volunteer crew were the first to enter the sea and make their way to the South of Bridlington.

After hearing reports regarding the sea conditions the Deputy Launching Authority decided to also launch the town's Shannon lifeboat Antony Patrick Jones with Coxswain Steve Emmerson in charge.

With the breaking and confused seas the all-weather lifeboat would be a better platform to see anyone in the water and add cover for the inshore lifeboat crew.

Coastguards patrolled the beach trying to spot the reported kite surfers and also asking members of the public if they had seen anyone in need of help.

Both lifeboats searched the area in very challenging conditions before being stood down after the coastguard teams confirmed the surfers had reached the shore safely.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

The Antony Patrick Jones on route

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Inshore lifeboat crew return to the beach.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Crew head back to the boathouse.

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