Cullercoats RNLI launch to assist paddleboarders struggling against the wind
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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.