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Newbiggin Launches to Drifting Fishing Boat

Lifeboats News Release

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of Newbiggin lifeboat today after a distress call came in.

The UK Coastguard had earlier received a call after the 15 foot pleasure fishing boat 'Redeemed' which was drifting without engine power off Cresswell.
Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was quickly launched with four volunteer crew on board and quickly located the drifting vessel off Cresswell. The vessel had earlier suffered engine starting problems and the offshore wind was thwarting attempts to make for the shore. With a tow attached the lifeboat headed to Cresswell for a short journey to the beach where the 'Redeemed' and her crew of two were passed into the care of the Newbiggin Coastguard team. Once the casualty vessel was safely recovered on the beach Newbiggin lifeboat left the beach and headed south back to their base.

ENDS

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Alison Levett RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912 or alison_levett@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.



The casualty vessel off Cresswell

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Approaches Casualty
The casualty vessel off Cresswell

RNLI/Richard Martin

Lifeboat crew prepares tow
The casualty vessel arrives safely on the beach

RNLI/Richard Martin

On the beach
Lifeboat crew prepare for the journey south to Newbiggin

RNLI/Richard Martin

The lifeboat crew set out for Newbiggin
Lifeboat in Newbiggin Bay

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat

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