Cullercoats RNLI launch to assist paddleboarders struggling against the wind

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 29th September, Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were paged at 11:05am to reports of two paddleboarders in difficulty approximately half a mile off Cullercoats Bay.

The paddleboarders being returned to shore

RNLI/Adam Wiseman

The paddleboarders being returned to shore

The crew assembled quickly and launched to the aid of the pair, who had been struggling to return to shore against the wind. A local fishing vessel, 'Charisma,' spotted the pair in difficulty and rescued them from the sea as the lifeboat launched. The lifeboat made contact with the crew of 'Charisma,' who were happy to return the casualties to shore. The lifeboat checked on the welfare of other kayakers in the area, then returned to Cullercoats, where the lifeboat was rehoused and made ready for service. The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB), who had been called alongside the lifeboat crew, met with the rescued paddleboarders on shore, checking them over and providing safety advice.

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

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