Lifeboat rescues two people from drifting inflatable

Lifeboats News Release

The dangers of inflatables at sea were once again highlighted this week during an incident at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat
UK Coastguard Humber Operations received a call of an inflatable with two persons on board in difficulty off the Church Point headland at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. A fresh offshore wind was blowing which was compromising the safety of the inflatable and it’s two occupants as it was blown further out to sea.

The Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Newbiggin’s Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon to assist and recover the casualty. Newbiggin’s Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked and took up position to locate and coordinate the lifeboat onto the casualty. The lifeboat was quickly on scene to find the drifting inflatable well out with the two persons on board suffering from the effects of the cold. The lifeboat returned to the bay where the two persons were checked over and treated following their ordeal with assistance from the coastguard who additional gave safety advice on the significant risks involved of using inflatable dinghies in the open sea.


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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or [email protected] or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email [email protected] or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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