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A newly-wed couple were part of the crew of Cowes lifeboat when it launched to go to the aid of a windsurfer who was overcome by challenging conditions in the Solent yesterday evening.  

After the call came from Solent Coastguard that a shore-watcher had reported seeing a windsurfer clinging to his board, the four-person crew in the launched lifeboat included Alasdair Boden and his new wife, Heather, both well established lifeboat members before their recent marriage.

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The windsurfer was first spotted in real trouble some 200 metres from Gurnard Sailing Club. Because of a strong ebb tide and a Force 5 south-westerly it was clear he was helpless to prevent being swept further westwards.

The lifeboat, with Alasdair at the helm,. launched just after 18:00. It soon arrived in the area, and despite the choppy conditions the crew quickly located the man, by then half a mile from the first sighting. He and his board were taken aboard the lifeboat and were delivered back to Gurnard beach.



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