Cullercoats RNLI crew and Lifeguards assist young boy from rocks

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer lifeboat crew from Cullercoats and RNLI lifeguards were called into action this afternoon, (Tuesday 31st July), at 4:55pm to assist a young boy who had taken ill while in the sea.

The Tynemouth Longsands Lifeguards leaving Cullercoats

RNLI/Anna Heslop

The Tynemouth Longsands Lifeguards leaving Cullercoats

The casualty had been taking part in a 'coasteering' activity with an organised group when he began to feel unwell. An instructor for the group made the decision to call the Coastguard to have the casualty safely removed from the scene and checked over. Two lifeguards from Tynemouth Longsands sped to the scene and brought the casualty safely aboard their Inshore Rescue boat, before taking him round to meet the crew in Cullercoats. Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also called to provide assistance. The crew in Cullercoats and the lifeguards from Cullercoats beach took over to provide casualty care to the young boy, who was shaken, feeling unwell and cold. Together, the crew and lifeguards cared for the casualty until he could be passed into the care of his grandmother. All teams responded very quickly and worked effectively together. All units were stood down following and made ready for service once again.

Written by Anna Heslop, Cullercoats Crew Member and Press Officer,

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