Paddlers encounter difficulty near Brighton Palace Pier Brighton News

A SEARCH has been launched after a pair of paddle boarders struggled in strong offshore winds.

The Brighton RNLI volunteer crew have been called following reports of a man and woman on a paddle board in trouble on Sunday evening.

The pair, who were spotted around 400 yards east of Brighton Palace Pier, reportedly struggled to get ashore.

The Brighton RNLI Random Harvest vessel was launched at 7.33pm in “failing light and gusty offshore winds”, according to a spokeswoman.

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An initial shore sweep resulted in no casualties, but when returning from the search a paddle board was seen on the beach, with two people packing it.

A crew went ashore and confirmed the pair were afloat and struggling against the wind.

Brighton Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Cohen said: “We are delighted that both paddleboarders are doing well.

“When there is wind offshore, you can quickly find yourself far from shore and it can be extremely difficult to come back as this lady discovered.

“We understand that stand-up paddleboards are very popular right now, and we expect to see a lot of them on the beaches this summer.

“We hope people will take the appropriate precautions and measures to ensure they can enjoy it safely on the water.”

Mr Cohen said that if you plan to use a paddleboard at the beach, always make sure you choose a supervised beach, check the tide and weather conditions before you go and carry a way to call for help on you in an emergency. ‘

“Stand up paddleboarding can be great fun, but it’s important to remember that, like any water sport, it can also be potentially dangerous if not taken seriously,” he added.

“The RNLI reminds people of the simple steps they can take to stay safe and reduce their risk of getting into trouble, such as taking the time to plan their paddle, telling a friend where they are going and preparing well before heading out. get in the water. ”

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This notice was published: 2022-03-30 08:30:03

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