Cullercoats RNLI rescue exhausted kayaker
At 10:48am on Wednesday 1st August, Cullercoat Lifeboat crew were requested to launch to assist a struggling kayaker.
The lone kayaker, who was located just to the North East of Cullercoats off Marconi Point, had been paddling back to shore when the wind strengthened. She was unable to paddle against it and was washed on to the rocks. Before her situation worsened, the casualty dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard, who paged the lifeboat crew. The crew launched quickly, located the casualty and brought her aboard the lifeboat. She was then returned to shore and the crew rehoused the lifeboat and made it ready for service once again.
Written by Anna Heslop, Cullercoats crew member and Press Officer, 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, 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.