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Rescue operation on the St. Lawrence saves drifting windsurfer in Quebec

FILE: A person is shown windsurfing on the Lake of Two Mountains west of Montreal, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

A rescue operation on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec ended well for a windsurfer Friday.

Officials say strong winds with sudden gusts and an ebbing tide caused the windsurfer to drift quickly.

A call to 911 was made at 3:48 p.m. for a man who seemed to be in distress for twenty minutes on the river. The windsurfer was seen from Boulevard Sainte-Anne, not far from Baie de Beauport.

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The nautical rescue teams of the Quebec Fire Protection Service (SPCIQ) were deployed. The Quebec City Police Service (SPVQ) was also mobilized and the Canadian Coast Guard notified.

With their inflatable boats, the firefighters were able to reach the windsurfer and bring him back to dry land.

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The rescue operation lasted approximately one hour.

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Beauport Bay is a very popular place for windsurfers.

Rescuers remind those who practice water sports of the importance of wearing a life jacket, wetsuit and helmet, adding the man who was rescued was lucky to escape unharmed.

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