Cullercoats RNLI assist grounded vessel
Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were paged at 4:53pm on Sunday 12th July to reports of a vessel needing assistance that had run around on Tynemouth Longsands
The lifeboat crew made RNLB Hylton Burdon ready for service and launched with four crew on board to locate the casualty. The 5 metre vessel had suffered engine failure and was hard aground on Tynemouth Longsands. The lifeboat crew made best speed towards the scene and, once close enough, two crew members waded ashore. Members of Blyth Coastguard and two RNLI Lifeguards were also on hand to assist.
While the lifeboat crew members attached a tow and pushed the vessel safely off the beach, the RNLI Lifeguards ferried the 3 casualties, including a child, to the lifeboat using their smaller rescue craft. Once a safe transfer had taken place, the RNLI Lifeguards returned to the beach and the lifeboat continued to tow the casualty vessel to Royal Quays Marina, where they were met once again by Blyth Coastguard.
Once the casualties were safely on dry land again and their vessel was secure, the lifeboat crew returned to station where the lifeboat was washed down and made ready for service once again.
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.