In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 1.46pm on Friday following a report from the UK Coastguard of a windsurfer in difficulties off West Beach, Whitstable.

The crew located the casualty sitting on his board a 1/4-mile off Wavecrest and brought him and his board and mast onboard the lifeboat. The lifeboat subsequently carried out a search for his sail which had split but this was not found  and the casualty was  landed back onshore at Preston Parade.