Cullercoats RNLI rescue woman in difficulty in Cullercoats Bay

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 19th November 2017, Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were at the lifeboat station for a training day when they were alerted by a member of the public to a woman in difficulty in Cullercoats Bay.

While the crew were preparing to train, a dog walker alerted the crew to a possible person in difficulty in the water. Cullercoats Lifeboat was quickly prepared to launch and was heading down the beach when the dog walker found the woman and pulled her from the waters edge with the assistance of a crew member.

The lifeboat crew carried her to the lifeboat station, where they administered First Aid until they were joined by the Air Ambulance and North East Ambulance Service, who took over. Northumbria Police and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade also attended, with the Brigade members clearing the beach for the Air Ambulance to land.

The casualty was taken to hospital in the ambulance. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the casualty. No further details are available at this time. All units were stood down and made ready for service once more.

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