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Newbiggin lifeboat launches to person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 6 December Newbiggin RNLI launched following a report of a swimmer in the water.

Lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat

The call came in around 4.25pm from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of a swimmer in the water off Cresswell in the darkness.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat stood by whilst the Coastguard teams dealt with the casualty. The casualty was checked over then transferred by the Ambulance Service to hospital.

Throughout the incident teams from Newbiggin and Amble Coastguard provided coordination and assistance on the shore.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or [email protected] or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email [email protected] or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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