Kitesurfer rescued by lifeboat at Lytham St Annes

A kitesurfer had to be rescued after he got into difficulties in the water off the coast of Lytham St Annes.

The man was seen coming off his board at about 14:20 GMT by a member of the public, who then dialled 999.

Lytham St Annes RNLI Inshore lifeboat team rescued the man from the Ribble Estuary. He was checked by ambulance staff before going home.

Liverpool Coastguard said the man had no flare pack, nor a hand-held radio on which he could have called for help.

Brian George, watch officer, said: "Fortunately, he was spotted and the member of public called for help on his behalf.

"We recommend that kitesurfers make an assessment of the weather in relation to their capabilities, carry some equipment to raise the alarm in case of difficulty, and always tell someone ashore what you are doing and where."

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