Call to stranded angler

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat volunteers from Newbiggin were called out to a stranded angler following concerns for his safety.

An earlier view of the lifeboat adjacent the breakwater

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat
The request for assistance came in around 7.20pm when the solo angler was seen on the Newbiggin north breakwater fishing during the fast flowing tide and rough seas. The access to the breakwater was now cut off due to the rising tide with the only safe extraction option using the lifeboat.

Newbiggin's B class lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was quickly launched with four volunteer crew on board arriving off the breakwater within seconds. The lifeboat was brought up to the rocky structure to safely transfer the angler on board then returned to station.

The angler was checked over and handed into the care of the local coastguard rescue teams who had been dealing with an earlier incident in the area. They offered the appropriate safety information regarding the dangers of fishing at this location with such rough sea conditions and a flowing tide.


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

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites

The location of the casualty extraction

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin north breakwater
Photograph showing the north bay with the lifeboat station and the breakwater

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin north bay view

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