The crew of Littlehampton lifeboat station were paged on Saturday afternoon at 14:02 by the coastguard after a 999 call was placed reporting a kite surfer in difficulty off Goring. The page was for immediate readiness so the crew rallied at the boathouse to await further instructions.

‘Blue Peter 1’ the station’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 14:11 in to rough sea’s and gale force winds. The crew Ivan Greer, Keith Booth and Lee Cullen located the casualty in the water clinging to his board and kite for floatation with some of the rigging lines painfully wrapped around the lower part of his leg. He was extremely cold and he estimated he had been in the water for about 40 minutes.

The crew administered first aid and helped him get warmed up on route back to the harbour at Littlehampton where an ambulance was arranged to be waiting for them. The casualty a 31 year old man was transferred over to the paramedics and taken to Worthing hospital.

Lifeboat operations manager Nick White said ‘The sea conditions were at the high end of the scale in which we can operate safely. Brad, the gentlemen we rescued, came to the boathouse the following morning to thank the crew; he knew how lucky he was to be rescued after spending so long in the water in those conditions’.

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