Weston RNLI volunteers were called from their work to go to the aid of two kite surfers on the north side of Brean Down
The crew were paged just before 1100 am when a member of the public saw two kite surfers apparently having difficulties at the north side of Brean Down in Weston Bay. Both boats were launched within minutes and raced to investigate. They found two surfers in the water with their kites unusable due to a lack of wind. The surfers had decided to try to swim to the beach at Uphill but the strong tides were making this difficult. Although one of the casualties was in reasonably good condition the other was getting cold and becoming exhausted. As a result the D Class lifeboat Anna Stock took them and their equipment on board and carried them to the beach. Here they were handed over to the Coastguard who assessed them to see if they needed medical assistance. Both boats then returned to the station to await the next call.
Nigel Congram, helmsman of the Anna Stock said, ‘for us this was a simple call but for the two in the water it could have been very different. The tides in the Bristol Channel in general, and Weston Bay in particular, are very strong and difficult to swim against. A least one of these surfers was unlikely to make it to land if we had not been there.