Kitesurfer hurt after crashing on to beach

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A KITESURFER was taken to hospital after losing control and ending up in a ditch.

The man was surfing in gusty conditions this morning when it is understood he was in collision with another kitesurfer.

Two ambulances went to West Beach, Hayling Island, close to Hayling Golf Club, at about 8.45am.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 8.43am to the Sea Front at Hayling Island to reports of two male kite surfers that had collided.

‘We had the Hazardous Area Response Team, an ambulance officer and two ambulance crews on scene assessing and treating the two gentlemen. Only one patient was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital with possible head and chest injuries.’

Local councillor and golfer Andy Lenaghan watched the emergency services in action and praised the paramedics, coastguard, and team from the council-run Beachlands office.

He said: ‘It was a superbly coordinated rescue. The windsurfer was thrown into air and fell into a drainage ditch that runs between the beach and the golf club.

‘Well done to everyone involved as it was a credit to the emergency services.’