Lifeboat Crew and Lifeguards fight to save the life of a man in Whitley Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were requested to launch today, (Sunday 28th July), at 2:23pm to assist the Whitley Bay Lifeguards with an incident.

RNLI/Anna Heslop

The lifeguards had been alerted to a missing swimmer in the water and, after a short search, had managed to find an unconscious male in the sea. They brought him onto their rescue boards then passed him over to the lifeboat when it arrived; the lifeboat crew immediately began first aid. The lifeboat beached at Whitley Bay where the lifeguards and crew carried the casualty together onto the beach, where further first aid was administered with the help of two TVLB members. Meanwhile, other members of Blyth Coastguard and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) assisted the casualty’s friend, who was also helped from the sea. It is believed he went into the sea to aid his friend. The casualty was handed into the care of the North East Ambulance Service and was taken to hospital. We have no further information on their condition.

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