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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 May 2006, 07:09 GMT 08:09 UK
Kitesurfer rescued in high winds
A kite-surfer
Kite-surfers are warned to be careful in high winds
A teenage kitesurfer had to be rescued from an Isle of Man beach after strong winds started carrying him offshore.

Port Erin Coastguard received reports the 18-year-old was in trouble in Castletown Bay on Tuesday, after his kite was torn.

An officer swam about 100 metres out to the man, who is not a strong swimmer, and they were both hauled back to shore on a safety line.

The coastguard has warned kitesurfers to be extra careful in bad conditions.

Kitesurfing involves standing on a board while being pulled along by a large kite.

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