Seahouses RNLI has a busy week during difficult weather conditions
Seahouses RNLI has had a busy week with two separate call-outs. The first call was to assist a yacht in difficulty and the second was to reports of people struggling in the water.
On Tuesday (27 June) at 11:25am the charity’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched to assist a yacht that was in difficulty three miles east of the Farne Islands. After nearly five hours at sea the lifeboat towed the vessel safely back to Seahouses Harbour.
The volunteer crews were called out again, on Wednesday (28 June) at 6:10pm following reports of three people in the water at Beadnell Bay.
UK Coastguard requested immediate assistance from the lifeboat station’s inshore lifeboat (ILB). Owing to the poor weather conditions the ILB was taken to Beadnell by road before being launched. The ALB was also tasked in case it was needed.
The inshore lifeboat recovered one of the casualties who had climbed onto a moored boat. Thankfully the other two had already made it to the safety of the shore.
The members of the public were then taken to hospital and have since received the all-clear.
Colin Banks, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority, said: 'It’s certainly been a busy week for our lifeboat station and the weather hasn’t made things easy. During Wednesday’s rescue we were up against five metres of swell and 40 knots of wind. Our volunteer crews are highly trained though and are ready to deal with every eventuality. They demonstrated seamless teamwork and this ensured positive outcomes for both operations.’
For more information, please contact, Clare Hopps, RNLI Public Relations Officer North, on 07824 518641 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.