ILB Launches, Weymouth

Sun 04 April 21

ILB assists foil surfer


Time Out  2021-04-04 11:00:00

Time In  2021-04-04 12:30:00

Type  Foil surfer

Position  Greenhill

Helm  Alice Higgins



On returning to Weymouth Harbour from exercise the ILB was made aware by the Weymouth Harbour Master via VHF radio of a potential incident developing with a kite surfer in difficulties and entangled in fishing gear in Weymouth Bay.
After contacting Solent Coastguard and the LOM the ILB proceeded to sea to investigate.
Once on scene it was ascertained that the hydrofoil windsurfer was safe ashore but his rig remained offshore where the foil blade was entangled in a fishing net. In consultation with Solent Coastguard it was decided to recover the foil and and rig to the shore in order to avoid any additional false alarms being raised by passing members of the public. The foil blade was removed from the fishing net and the rig landed ashore into the care of the owner.
The ILB returned to station where it was refuelled and made ready for service in line with Covid-19 practices.