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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

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website

An image taken from the lifeboat camera towards the casualty

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat approaches the casualty

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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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