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Lifeboats News Release

At 13.09hr on Sunday 30th April 2017, UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats, to a report of a male in the water, being swept out to sea, off Beadnell pier.

The lifeboats were being launched when a further report was received, confirming that the casualty was safely ashore, although he had ingested a quantity of sea water. Local shore based Coastguard teams from Seahouses, Holy Island and Howick, also attended, most of whom were also stood down. The lifeboats were also cancelled.

There was a gusty ESE wind, Force 4-5, with choppy unpleasant sea conditions. The RNLI have no information about the casualty's identity, or what he was doing in the water. It is believed he may have been swimming, although this has not been confirmed.

The lifeboats then returned to station, and were ready for service again at 13.45hr.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland