Coastguard found injured man by chance
It was on Friday, June 8, that the Hunstanton lifeboat station received a call that a windsurfer was in difficulty.
The three-man crew of the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was about to launch when they discovered the windsurfer safe on the beach.
"He said he was fine, but his kite was missing," said Michael Darby, senior helmsman with the RNLI Hunstanton lifeboat station. "The Coastguard asked if we would mind recovering it, otherwise it may have caused other search and rescue alerts as it moved up the coast.
"We could see it about three miles offshore.
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"We were half way to the boathouse when two of us spotted what looked like a big lump of wood in the shallows with a kite attached."
They went to investigate, and found Dave. He was unconscious, lying face down.
"When we got to him, he was only in an inch or two of water with his face buried in the sand," said Mr Darby.
"He was grey when we got to him and looked like he'd been unconscious for a while.
"We gently lifted his face out of the sand and he took a breath of air – it was the best sound we'd heard that day.
"We cleared his mouth and nose of sand before paramedics and the air ambulance arrived.
"We had to put him on a stretcher on the Coastguard's 4X4 to get him half a mile up the beach.
"If we hadn't gone out to recover the kite, we would never have come across him."
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