Cullercoats RNLI search for missing teenager

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 9th October, Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were requested to assist in a multi-agency search for a missing teenager.


Photo taken during recent multi-service exercise
Following an extensive police search of the local area, the crew, who were down the boathouse carrying out routine maintenance on equipment, were asked by the police to assist with a search of the beach, caves and cliffs around Cullercoats Bay. Crew members headed out with torches and other night search equipment to assist the police but found no one matching the description in the area. At 7:59pm, following a request from Northumbria Police, the Coastguard paged the Crew requesting the Lifeboat to launch to conduct a search of the cliffs and beaches between Cullercoats Bay and St Mary's Island. A crew of 4, who were already at the boathouse, launched immediately and conducted a slow and thorough search of coastal areas, but were unable to locate the individual. Fortunately, the person was located by Northumbria Police safely away from the coastline and the lifeboat was stood down. This is a fantastic example of a multi agency search, involving not only the RNLI and police, but also Coastguard Search and Rescue units from Blyth and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.

Written by Alex Bateman, Crew Member.

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