Newbiggin Launches to Stranded Boat

Lifeboats News Release

Newbiggin lifeboat was called out this afternoon to a stranded cabin boat with one person on board.

The call came in from HM Coastguard's Humber Operation Centre around 2.20pm with reports of a person on a stranded boat on Newbiggin's offshore reef and a request for lifeboat assistance to give assistance.

Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach shortly afterwards with four volunteer crew on board. The lifeboat headed at full speed south to the reef and quickly recovered the lone boatman. The boatman was quickly taken ashore and passed into the care of the Coastguard Rescue Team from Newbiggin. Meanwhile two of the volunteer crew entered the water and onto the reef to assist in recovery of the 16 foot cabin boat. The lifeboat then towed the casualty vessel safely ashore.

Newbiggin lifeboat then returned to station and the incident was closed.

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email nicola_quinn@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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Site of today's stranding

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Offshore Reef & Couple Artwork
Lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin / Harry Slater

Newbiggin Lifeboat

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