Man Saved From Drifting Out To Sea
A MAN has been rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat crew members after his dinghy started drifting out to sea.
'He had acted on instinct to attempt to recover the original boat but had he not been spotted the wind and tide would in all probability have carried him past the piers and out to sea where his situation would have become critically dangerous.
'We'd like to remind anyone going on a boat to be prepared for the worst by at least wearing a lifejacket and having a reliable means of calling for help.'
For more information: Please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07834 731833 or at Adrian_Don@rnli.org.uk
Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1862 although there have been lifeboats on the river Tyne since the world's first purpose built lifeboat was launched here in 1790. The station has 30 volunteer crew members who come from all walks of life. We operate two lifeboats: The Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland and our D class inshore lifeboat Mark Noble. We have a website at www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org, and you can find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TynemouthRNLI or follow us on Twitter @TynemouthRNLI.
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, in a normal year, 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.