Windsurfer rescued by RAF helicopter

A windsurfer was winched aboard an RAF helicopter in a Force 8 gale this afternoon as he was drifting out to sea.

The incident happened at the entrance to the Menai Strait north west of Caernarfon and the man, in his twenties and from the south of England, was clinging to his board.

Beaumaris lifeboat was also launched. The man was unharmed and was given a hot cup of tea to recover after being landed ashore by the helicopter, based at Valley in Anglesey.