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Kite surfer rescued off North Somerset coast

A kite surfer has been rescued after getting into difficulties off the North Somerset coast.

Weston-super-Mare's RNLI rescue boat was called-out after the woman was reported as in trouble by Brean Down.

An RNLI spokesman said crews found the woman's harness had become twisted and she could not free herself and was being dragged out to sea.

"She was being dragged under the water, had breathing difficulties and was nearly unconscious," he said.

'Helicopter called'

The RNLI boat had been on a training exercise a few miles away - near Knightstone Harbour - on Sunday morning when the emergency call came in.

"Swansea Coastguard tasked the Anna Stock to investigate.

"We could see the kite surfer by Black Rock but by the time we got there she had been dragged further out to sea.

"The surfer was in trouble. If we had not have been quite close when she got into difficulty the outcome could have had more serious consequences," he added.

An RAF helicopter - which was on a separate exercise near Burnham-on-Sea - took the woman to Weston General Hospital for treatment.

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