Osea Island

A 72-year-old windsurfer has been rescued near the Osea Island, in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex, UK.

The man was reported missing by staff at the Marconi Sailing Club, Stansgate, at 10.20am on Saturday.

The winds were gusting to around 40 knots and the conditions were quite extreme.

A rescue helicopter was put on standby and the lifeboat crews from West Mersea were called.

Minutes after, a yacht from Blackwater Sailing Club spotted the man just south of Osea Island.

The crew members managed to get the windsurfer out of the water. He was cold, but ok.

The Bradwell Coastguard urged windsurfers to carry a small distress flare, in case of emergency.