Sunderland RNLI rescue two fishermen cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

The D Class inshore lifeboat from Sunderland RNLI launched early this morning (Sunday 15 September) to rescue two fishermen who found themselves cut off by the tide near Whitburn Point Nature Reserve.

The two men made an emergency ‘999’ telephone call to Coastguards based at Humber Coastguard when they found themselves cut off by the rapidly rising tide and unable to return to the beach.

The charity's D Class inshore lifeboat MyJo was launched at 1.32am into calm sea conditions with a slight swell and good visibility.

About 10 minutes later the lifeboat crew arrived at the scene before assisting the fishermen into the lifeboat. The lifeboat then took them safely back to Seaburn beach where they were met by members of Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team. The lifeboat then returned to the lifeboat station where they were recovered ready for another service.

RNLI Volunteer Helmsman Paul Nicholson says: ‘thankfully the two fishermen raised the alarm when they did as the rock they were fishing from would have been totally submersed if they had delayed making the emergency 999 call as high tide wasn’t until just before 5am. We would always recommend that people consult a tide timetable and be aware of the tides when taking part in activities along the coast.’

As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.

Notes to editors

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station is the oldest continually operational lifeboat in the United Kingdom. It was originally opened in 1800 before being adopted by the RNLI in 1865.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station has a profile on Twitter (SunderlandRNLI) and Facebook (RNLI Sunderland) where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities and news.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates two inshore type lifeboats: An Atlantic 85 8.3m inflatable capable of 35 knots and a D Class (IB-1) 4.5m inflatable capable of 25 knots.

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Sunderland RNLI D Class Inshore Lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

Sunderland RNLI D Class Inshore Lifeboat at sea

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