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Windsurfer spends night stranded in Delaware beach

October 13, 2019

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) — A windsurfer spent a night stranded in a Delaware beach after his sail broke and could not get help.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reported Sunday the man was found uninjured around 7:45 a.m. Friday after floating for hours from Dewey Beach to Bay City, where he reached the shore. The U.S. Coast Guard, Delaware State Police and other agencies had searched for him.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the man told police he could not reattach the sail to his board after it disconnected. The unnamed man was wearing a life jacket and carried a whistle, but nobody heard his calls for help.

Officials urge windsurfers to wear life jackets and wetsuits, carry a whistle or horn and notify someone of their plans.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/