Cullercoats RNLI assist broken down sailing vessel
Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were requested to launch on Saturday 12th October at 5:46pm to reports of a vessel broken down two miles East of St Mary's Island.
With a crew of four, the lifeboat launched quickly and proceeded to the vessel's location. Once on the scene, the crew of RNLB Hylton Burdon quickly established a tow with the 26ft sailing vessel and made appropriate speed towards the Port of Blyth. After safely delivering the vessel and its solitary crew member safely back to Blyth, the lifeboat returned to station, was washed down and made ready for service once again.
If you are exploring the beautiful North East Coast, please ensure that you have all your safety equipment with you and in good working order, so like this sailor, you can contact the Coastguard in an Emergency.
Written by Alex Bateman, Crew Member.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.