Sunderland RNLI in multi-agency rescue which saves three men from drowning

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly after 2pm Saturday afternoon both inshore lifeboats from Sunderland RNLI launched to assist three fishermen who found themselves in difficulty after their boat capsized close to Roker Pier.

The alarm was raised when several members of the public dialled ‘999’ to report the incident to Coastguards based at Humber Coastguard after they saw the boat capsize leaving the men in the water hanging onto their upturned boat.

The Coastguard immediately requested the launch of three RNLI lifeboats from Sunderland and Tynemouth as well a shore-based Coastguard Rescue Team from Sunderland.

The first lifeboat launched from Sunderland 10 minutes after receiving the alert from the Coastguard arriving on scene minutes later.

The volunteers onboard quickly recovered the three men from the water before taken them safely back to Sunderland Marina where they were met by members of Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI shore crew.

Paramedics from North East Ambulance Service then met the casualties at the boathouse and following assessment one was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for further treatment.

RNLI Volunteer Helmsman Paul Nicholson says: ‘We understand the boat capsized after becoming snagged on a floating line from a lobster pot. Thankfully, our volunteers were able to respond extremely quickly to this incident and prevent a tragic accident which could have very easily ended up with three lives being lost.'

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.

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• 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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