A KITESURFER has died after suffering major injuries near St Osyth.

Clacton’s lifeboat crews were diverted from a routine exercise just before 11am this morning when a member of the public made a 999 call.

It was reported that a kitesurfer had been involved in an incident at Ray Creek, Point Clear.

It is believed the strong winds sent the man into a collision with the sea wall, causing injuries to his head, pelvis and limbs.

A spokesman for Clacton RNLI said: “Both lifeboats proceeded to the incident alongside Clacton Coastguard and Walton Coastguard and joined paramedics and the air ambulance at the scene.

“When the lifeboat arrived at Ray Creek two volunteer crew were put ashore and assisted in giving the casualty medical treatment alongside the paramedics and doctors.

“Unfortunately despite an hour-long battle to save the man, he succumbed to his injuries.

“The thoughts of the crew and everyone at Clacton RNLI is with the man’s family and friends at this sad time.”