West Mersea windsurfer dies after sea rescue

RNLI West Mersea lifeboat Image copyright RNLI
Image caption The man was rescued by an RNLI crew from West Mersea with the help of the coastguard

A windsurfer has died after getting into difficulties off the Essex coast.

The accident happened just off the beach at West Mersea at about 12:00 BST on Saturday, the RNLI said.

The man, who was in his 60s, was rescued by an RNLI lifeboat crew from West Mersea with the assistance of the coastguard.

He was airlifted to Colchester Hospital where he later died. Police said they were trying to establish the events leading up to his death.

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