Blyth RNLI come to the assistance of paddleboarders in Hartley Bay
Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were requested by UK Coastguard to assist paddleboarders in Hartley Bay
Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were attending Seaton Sluice Harbour Day with the D Class inshore lifeboat when UK Coastguard requested them to proceed to Hartley Bay.
The D class inshore lifeboat with 3 volunteer crew on board made the short distance to Hartley Bay where the paddleboarders had found themselves struggling to make their way back to shore due to the offshore wind.
With the assistance of Cullercoats RNLI, the two casualties were taken back to Seaton Sluice Harbour.
Blyth RNLI Helm Adam Pickering said; 'The strong offshore wind had made it difficult for the paddleboarders to make it back to shore. We made the short distance from Seaton Sluice Harbour and found the casualties quickly who were thankful for our assistance. It was a good outcome.'
As part of their Respect the Water Campaign the RNLI offer safety advice on their website. In relation to paddleboarding the link is https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/stand-up-paddle-boarding
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