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Two men rescued from the sea by Redcar RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Two men are in hospital after being rescued from the sea near Redcar by crew from the town’s RNLI lifeboats.

The emergency call came at 8.10am on Saturday 12 January 2019 after a person at the South Gare dialled 999 to report a man being washed off the South Gare breakwater near the lighthouse.

Both lifeboats from Redcar were launched and were on scene within eight minutes.

The crew of larger Atlantic 85 lifeboat found the man in the sea approximately 50 metres from the breakwater. He was pulled into the lifeboat and CPR was begun. He was taken to the emergency meeting point at Tees Dock where he was given further emergency treatment before being taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile RNLI crew who had traveled to the South Gare in a vehicle discovered a second man who had also been washed into the sea during the same event. He was given treatment by RNLI crew trained in casualty care until an ambulance arrived to treat the man and take him to hospital.

The incident involved UK Coastguard rescue teams from Redcar and Staithes, a UK Coastguard helicopter, the Great North Air Ambulance, NEAS HART teams, paramedics and Cleveland Police officers.

The condition of the two men is unknown.

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Notes to editors:

Attached are library images of the Redcar RNLI lifeboats and the South Gare. Credit RNLI/Dave Cocks

Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802

Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire

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Redcar RNLI's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Leicester Challenge III (library image)

RNLI/Dave Cocks

Redcar RNLI's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Leicester Challenge III (library image)
Redcar RNLI's IB185 class lifeboat

RNLI/Dave Cocks

Redcar RNLI's IB1 class lifeboat Eileen May Loach-Thomas
The South Gare

RNLI/Dave Cocks

The South Gare

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