Newbiggin RNLI call after distress flares sighted
The volunteer crew were paged by UK Coastguard Humber just after midnight on along with Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team to a report of red flares off the River Wansbeck.
Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched with four volunteer crew on board shortly afterwards and began the search. The lifeboat carried out a thorough search of the Cambois Bay area while the Coastguard team searched the shore area.
After almost two hours of searching and nothing found the incident was closed.
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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.