The copter finally spotted the sailboarder and was able to winch him to safety.
The man, from the Ballycastle area of Co Antrim, was an experienced sailboarder with good knowledge of the local conditions but even he was taken by surprise by the severe weather.
We understand that this man is considered to be a champion sailboarder.
Surfers and sailboarders
should head for Scarborough beach or the Ocean coast, while Crawley and Peppermint Grove on the banks of the Swan River are better for a sunbathing session At the mouth of the Swan River is the port of Fremantle - Freo, to those in the know.
picked a good day and water-skied from the Florida Keys to Cuba, while two wandering Key West sailboarders
leaned into the wind one fine day and sailed all the way across the Florida Straits to Marina Hemingway--only to be met by puzzled Cuban officials.
The beach has lifeguards, bathhouses, and picnic facilities, and you'll likely see sailboarders
of varying skill skimming the water on boards with brilliant sails.