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Cullercoats RNLI helps to save a teenage swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

Cullercoats RNLI was called out this evening (Sunday 24 April) to aid two teenage swimmers who were in difficulty in the centre of Cullercoats Harbour.

The charity’s inshore lifeboat launched at 5.59pm after responding to a report from the Coastguard of people struggling in the water near the South Pier.

The lifeboat quickly reached the scene and found that one of the teenagers had been thrown a life ring by his friends and had managed to get back to the pier. However, the second boy was struggling to make it back to safety owing to the high water and two metre swell.

Cullercoats RNLI’s volunteer crew helped the teenager into the lifeboat and took him back to the lifeboat house for treatment. On arrival, the crew performed a first-aid check which confirmed that the boy was suffering from extreme effects of the cold and was hypothermic.

The crew warmed him up with blankets and heaters. He then took a hot shower to increase his body temperature. The second teenager was also checked over at the lifeboat station and warmed up.

Both the boys received another check-up, this time from paramedics, before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

Frank Taylor, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Cullercoats RNLI said: ‘Although visibility was good this evening and it was quite sunny, the teenager was struggling in the rough water and swell near the South Pier.

‘When our lifeboat reached him he was exhausted and barely had any strength left to carry on trying to swim. We were thankful that we were able to rescue him and bring him back to safety. I wish him and his friend a speedy recovery.

‘I’d also like to thank local police, Coastguard teams and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who helped co-ordinate the search.’

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