Porthcawl’s volunteer crew were paged by UK Coastguard after a windsurfer had contacted them reporting he had suffered equipment failure to the south of Newton Point and needed assistance.
The charity’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Rose of the Shires was launched on service in moderate seas and force 5 south westerly winds. The crew located the windsurfer around 3/4 of a mile south of Newton Point with his windsurf board snapped in half. He was taken onboard the lifeboat along with his equipment and dropped back to the beach at Newton.
If you’re going afloat always carry a means for calling or signalling for help like the windsurfer in this incident did.
In a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.