Cullercoats RNLI rescue small jet tender in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 11th August at 7:32pm, Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were requested to launch to a broken down boat near the Tynemouth North Pier.

RNLI/Anna Heslop

The crew from Cullercoats assembled and launched quickly, steering towards the last known location of the 4 metre vessel. Due to the boat being low in the water, it was initially difficult for the crew to spot, but they soon located the casualty when he waved a yellow bag to identify himself.

The lone sailor on board the vessel, who was wearing a life jacket, had initially launched from Cullercoats and was journeying to the River Tyne. When he began experiencing trouble with the vessel, he called 999 and asked for the Coastguard, who had paged the lifeboat crew.

Once on scene, the crew established a tow with the vessel and took the casualty on board the lifeboat for safety. He was cold but otherwise unharmed; the crew kept him warm and towed the vessel back to Cullercoats. When the casualty and the vessel were safely back ashore, the crew returned to station and made the lifeboat ready for service once again.

Written by Anna Heslop, Cullercoats Crew Member and Press Officer, anna_heslop@rnli.org.uk

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