Kitesurfers die after getting into trouble at Bracklesham Bay

A KITESURFER died after getting into trouble in the water yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to Marineside at Bracklesham Bay near Chichester just after noon. 13.10.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene after walkers on the beach helped him pull him out of the water and called the emergency services.

There was strong wind across Sussex yesterday, with wind speeds of up to 25 mph in Chichester, which is categorized as a strong breeze.

A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “I can confirm that we were called shortly after 1.10pm yesterday to Marineside, Bracklesham Bay to report on a kite surfer who needed medical attention.

“Ambulance crews participated on the spot and were joined on the spot by the ambulance aviation. Despite the best efforts of all involved, the man was unfortunately declared dead on the spot.”

Sussex police also confirmed it was on the scene.

The Argus: The air ambulance at Marineside in Bracklesham BayThe air ambulance at Marineside in Bracklesham Bay

A woman who was on the beach with her family said she saw the rescue operation and joined other passers-by who were trying to help the kitesurfer.

She told The Argus: “I was one of the members of the public who helped pull him to shore.

“I heard the situation when I was on the beach with my family.

“I was there and helped until the emergency arrived.”

The tragedy comes when the City Council of Brighton and Hove warned people to stay away from the sea this winter.

Authorities issued the alarm a year after Gareth Jones’ death, who drowned in an attempt to save his dog from rough seas.

The 69-year-old drowned near Hove Lagoon after jumping in an attempt to save his cockapoo Connie.

CCTV showed the father of three walking in the water.

The beach at Hove Lagoon has steep pebble banks that can catch people on guard and make it difficult to get out, especially in harsh conditions.

The council urged people to keep their children close at all times and to keep their dogs on a leash when near the sea, especially in harsh conditions.

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