First responders rescue kite surfer in distress far from shore

    First responders rescued a kite surfer who became distressed in the ocean off Long Beach Island late Tuesday, authorities say. 

    The Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol responded to a 911 call reporting the incident around 5:30 p.m., according to a release from the agency. 

    The lifeguards say the kite surfer became detached from his board far from shore. Kite surfers utilize a sail that is controlled by a handle, which is attached to the rider by a harness. 

    The release says “multiple agencies” brought the kite surfer back to the beach. No injuries were reported. 

    “[The rescue is] a good reminder that kite surfers should be comfortable with their skill level, ensure their equipment is safety ready, and refrain from going out solo,” the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol spokesperson said. 

    The lifeguards operate an after hours patrol unit until sunset daily to maintain a presence on the borough’s two-mile stretch of oceanfront. 

    A kite surfer went missing off Sandy Hook in Monmouth County earlier this month after a boater attempted to grab the unconscious man. He body was recovered off Long Branch days later. 

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