VIDEO: Yarmouth DNR rescued kite surfer Sunday

YARMOUTH – On Sunday May 27, 2018 Yarmouth Division of Natural Resource(DMR) was notified by Yarmouth Police Dept. of a kite surfer possibly in distress approximately a quarter mile off Smugglers Beach in South Yarmouth.

Yarmouth DNR and Yarmouth Fire Department, MA responded to Smugglers Beach and located a kite surfer who appeared to be in distress off of the beach.

Yarmouth DNR deployed its Harbor Patrol Boat J47 while Yarmouth Fire maintained a visual of the kite surfer from shore. A Yarmouth Fire ambulance was also dispatched to Smugglers Beach as a precaution for the kite surfer.

Yarmouth DNR quickly arrived on scene and was able to pull the kite surfer out of the water through the dive door. The kite surfer was assessed for injuries by the DNR Officer operating the boat and was quickly transfered to the Bass River boat ramp for further assessment from Yarmouth Fire.

The kite surfer was found to be in good health by YFD, just a bit exhausted. When interviewd by Yarmouth DNR, the kite surfer explained he had been pushed by strong winds (winds were from the East at 25mph gusting to 30+) off of West Dennis Beach and then lost his board trying to make it back. From exhaustion he was unable to find the board and clung to the kite until YDNR arrived.

We are happy for this positive outcome. These successful rescues are the result of excellent coordination between multiple agencies. We thank those agencies for their continued support as we all work together to keep the public safe.

**The video below shows the DNR officer transporting the kite surfer back to Bass River boat ramp after pulling him from the water.

Media release furnished by Yarmouth DNR