Vigilant members of the public alerted Dover Coastguard by dialling 999 when they spotted a windsurfer in difficulties off Pevensey Bay on Wednesday afternoon (28 Dec). 

Unable to combat both wind and tide the windsurfer was struggling to make his way back to shore and was becoming exhausted. Fortunately, members of the public had observed his dilemma and alerted Dover Coastguard who immediately requested the launch of Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat to assist. Before launching, the volunteer crew had to negotiate their way through traffic generated by bargain hunting shoppers but were still on scene within a few minutes. The windsurfer and his craft were taken aboard the ILB and returned safely to the beach from where he set out.