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Newbiggin Launches to Fishing Boat

Lifeboats News Release

Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat crew launched today after the crew aboard a fishing vessel called the UK Coastguard to report they needed assistance.

Newbiggin with casualty in tow with wind mast in the background

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin begins the tow south

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI's Newbiggin lifeboat at 09.45pm today after the 22 foot pleasure fishing boat 'Rodbender' made a call for assistance. Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was quickly launched with four volunteer crew on board and quickly located the drifting vessel off Church Point. With a tow attached the lifeboat headed south for a short journey to Blyth where the 'Rodbender' and her crew of three were passed into the care of the Blyth Coastguard team. The casualty vessel was towed by the lifeboat to the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club at Blyth and safely secured at the visitor's berth. Shortly afterwards Newbiggin lifeboat left the harbour and headed north back to their base.

For further details please contact 01670 817320.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Alison Levett RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912 or 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.


Lifeboat out on an earlier exercise

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat
Newbiggin lifeboat tows the fishing boat

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat towing vessel

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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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