LATEST NEWS - Kitesurfer dies after getting into difficulty off Hunstanton

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A kitesurfer has died after getting into difficulty off the coast of Hunstanton yesterday afternoon.

Lifeboat crews were called to the area, around half a mile from the boathouse, at around 4.25pm on Saturday, following reports that the surfer was in trouble.

The man has been named locally as Sean Sands, though his identity has not been confirmed by police.

However, in two posts on its Twitter feed, the Hunstanton Round Table said: “We are extremely upset to learn of Sean Sands passing in a kite surf accident this weekend.

“He supported our swim each year and our thoughts from all at Hunstanton Round Table go out to his family and friends at this sad time.”

Hunstanton RNLI spokesman Geoff Needham said the victim, a man in his 40s, had been in the water for around 45 minutes before being dragged out by fellow kitesurfers, who tried to revive him.

The man was airlifted to hospital, but was later confirmed to have died.

Mr Needham said: “This was our first shout this year. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the family and relatives. It’s so tragic that a sporting activity should end so tragically.”