Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI ask you to Respect the Water

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick-upon-Tweed inshore lifeboat was requested to launch on the 31 July 2020 at 12.42 by the UK Coastguard with reports of a person in difficulty in the water at Cocklawburn beach, just south of Berwick lifeboat station.

On arrival at the scene it was confirmed that the casualty had managed to swim ashore and was safe and well but was taken to hospital by North East Ambulance Service to be checked over.

The Northumberland coastline has been classed as one of the top tourism spots in the country. With people unable to go abroad this year due to the COVID 19 virus, people are flocking to the area.

The seas, beaches and waterways are watched over by RNLI lifesavers, enabling millions of people every year to enjoy these facilities knowing they are safe. But the water remains an unpredictable environment that can catch people out. People will always need the help of the RNLI. Thanks to you and your donations, this support enables the RNLI as a charity to always be there to answer that call.

The RNLI advise anyone visiting the water to read safety advise in advance. You can access information about the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign at this link: https://rnli.org/safety/respect-the-water

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.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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