Devon

Challaborough kite surfer criticised after double rescue

Hope Cove lifeboat
Image caption The crew of the lifeboat had to launch a second time when the man again got into difficulty trying to retrieve his kite board

A kite surfer who went back into the sea to retrieve his board after being rescued has been criticised for putting people's lives at risk.

The kite surfer was forced onto rocks at Challaborough, Devon on Friday.

The Hope Cove lifeboat brought the man to safety but he insisted on going back to save his equipment, meaning the lifeboat had to relaunch,

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokesman said the man was lucky his actions had not "ended in disaster".

The MCA said the kite surfer chose to ignore the advice of the lifeboat crew and coastguards and re-entered the sea in deteriorating weather conditions and fading daylight.

When the man appeared to get into difficulty again, the lifeboat was launched again, but the man managed to get ashore before the boat reached him.

Dave Scullion, watch manager at Brixham Coastguard, said kite surfing was an extreme sport and weather conditions should be checked before people went out to sea.

"This man was very fortunate that his desire to retrieve his equipment did not end in disaster - he potentially put the lives of others at risk by his actions," Mr Scullion said.

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