Windsurfer safe after fighting strong winds and heavy seas

BOSTON – The Coast Guard responded to a report that a man became separated from his windsurfing craft today near Barnstable, Mass.

Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal, Air Station Cape Cod, and the Barnstable Fire Department launched rescue assets to the scene, and the fire department pulled the man to safety.

The man, who reportedly suffered no serious injuries, was taken to Barnstable Harbor, where he was met by emergency medical services.

The rescued windsurfer was wearing a wet suit and a lifejacket. He and another man he was windsurfing with became separated in strong winds and heavy seas. The second man made it safely ashore and contacted authorities around 1 p.m.

Seas were 4- to 6-feet with 25 knot winds.

“We were thrilled that the Barnstable Fire Deptartment was able to get to the man quickly,” said Petty Officer Second Class Charles Seif with Station Cape Cod Canal. “The reports we are getting is that he is ok. We would like to thank the Barnstable Fire Deptartment, the Dennis Fire Deptartment, and both towns’ harbor masters for all their assistance in this search. We strongly encourage people to always wear life jackets, no matter what, and be careful out on the water.”

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