Seahouses inshore lifeboat called to assist six stranded children

Lifeboats News Release

At 7:03pm on Saturday 11 July 2020, UK Coastguard requested Seahouses inshore lifeboat (ILB) to go to the immediate assistance of six children reported cut off on a sandbank, by the rising tide at Budle Bay, north of Bamburgh.

ILB at speed on route to Budle Bay - stranded children

RNLI Susan Calvert

Seahouses ILB responding at speed
Coastguard Officers were also deployed to the scene.

The inshore lifeboat was quickly launched, and began making best speed to the incident, when the Coastguard received further information that the children had managed to reach the shore safely and unaided. The Coastguard cancelled the lifeboat, which was released to return to station and stood down. Local Coastguard Officers were on the scene.

There have now been a number of similar incidents at Budle Bay over the last two years, and the RNLI urge visitors to the area to be aware of how quickly the tide comes into areas like Budle Bay and Holy Island, and to take care on large sandy bay areas, and avoid the risk of becoming stranded. In particular, children should be carefully supervised when visiting these areas. If there are any concerns for the safety of individuals, the Coastguard should be advised at once by calling 999 or 112.

RNLI Picture captions
The photos show the ILB responding, then returning to station after cancellation by the Coastguard. Note: the crew are wearing face masks in line with RNLI Covid-19 directives.

Seahouses ILB returns to station. Crew wearing face coverings as per RNLI Covid-19 directives

RNLI/Susan Calvert

Seahouses ILB returns to station after cancellation by Coastguard

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