Lifeboat Rescues Lone Yachtsman

Lifeboats News Release

A lone yachtsman was rescued by lifeboats last night after deteriorating weather conditions, darkness and an overheating engine halted his journey north to Scotland.

The drama began around 5.40pm when a call for assistance from the 27foot yacht ‘Sea Jay’ was received by Humber coastguard about the vessel reported as 9 mile offshore.. Shortly afterwards Newbiggin’s RNLI lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon was launched from the beach with four volunteer crew on board. After a slow journey in fog and poor sea conditions the casualty vessel was found off Newbiggin. With a tow secured a slow journey south to Blyth harbour was begun. Both vessels arrived at Blyth harbour around 9.00pm with the berthing and transfer assisted by the Blyth Coastguard Rescue team. As the rescued sailor was suffering from his ordeal the Blyth Coastguards arranged for an ambulance to take the man to hospital where he was checked over.


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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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An image taken from the lifeboat camera towards the casualty

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat approaches the casualty

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