THE coastguard and RNLI lifeboat were called out to Chalkwell on Wednesday night after a kite surfer was seen struggling in the water.

A member of the public dialled 999 at about 7.45pm after spotting the male and thought he looked in some trouble.

When the crews from Southend Coastguard and the RNLI arrive they found the man had been able to return to shore by himself.