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Hove kitesurfer in high seas drama
11:40am Monday 14th January 2013 in News
A kitesurfer had to be rescued from the sea after getting his equipment wrapped around his legs.
Bart Glunsky, 31, from Hove was out riding the stormy seas on Saturday afternoon (January 12) when he got into trouble.
With a force seven gale, the Littlehampton crews were hoping not to have to brave the elements.
The crew posted on Facebook on Saturday afternoon: “Anyone been along the seafront this morning? Bit of a breeze and a lot of lumpy water. Let's plan on not having a shout, eh chaps?”
But later the call came in to rescue the kite surfer from his friends who were on the shore.
The RNLI team battled against the south easterly winds and tides for four miles to reach Mr Glunsky.
Volunteer crewman Nick White said: “It turned out he had been in the water for a little while and had got wrapped up in his rigging.
“When we pulled him out and he was quite cold and the rigging was wrapped around his legs.
“We needed to treat that with some care because it was quite uncomfortable for him.”
Mr Glunsky went to Littlehampton Lifeboat Station on Sunday to pick up his kit.
He told staff he was checked over in hospital but was just sore and had a few bruises after his ordeal.
Mr White said: “He was properly protected, had a decent wetsuit and all the proper protection, but he got into a bit of a sticky mess.”
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