Kitesurfer and rescuers swam to shore in Canada's Tofino beach

October 27, 2009 | Kiteboarding
Tofino, Canada

A kitesurfer and two Canadian Coast Guard members had to swim through harsh sea conditions after a rescue mission went wrong and a boat was destroyed.

Rescuers found Gray Robinson in trouble, near Tofino, British Columbia, Canada, and tried to push him into the Zodiac rescue boat.

But then, everything went wrong. Robinson's equipment got entangled in the vessel's propeller and the three overhead-sized waves were not helping.

In a couple of minutes, everyone jumped off the Zodiac and the boat smashed against rocks.

The kitesurfer swam to shore, while the Coast Guard members reached a rocky outcrop through big waves and then by land to the beach. Fortunately, there were no major injuries.

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