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Estuary rescue; SUNDAY SUNDAY SHORTS SHORTS.

LIFEBOAT crews and a rescue helicopter were scrambled after reports an Italian windsurfer had got into trouble in the Dee Estuary.

Crews from Hoylake and West Kirby were called out after the windsurfer's mast broke in strong winds at around 12.25pm yesterday.

With the incident coming shortly after the high tide, it was feared he could be swept out to sea.

RAF Valley''s Rescue 122 helicopter was also mobilised to assist with the operation and was diverted from a training exercise in Holyhead to join the rescue attempt.

But before lifeboat crews could be launched it became clear the plucky windsurfer had managed to make his own way to shore at West Kirby by jettisoning his sail and mast.

Both crews were stood down by Liverpool coastguard and the helicopter was called off and returned to base.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2014
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