Berwick upon Tweed RNLI respond to jet ski incident
Berwick upon Tweed RNLI were requested to launch the D-class inshore lifeboat at 1.35pm on Saturday 14 August 2021 to assess a call about a jet ski in difficulty by Berwick’s HM Coastguard UK.
The crew made haste and arrived at the scene a quarter of a mile off Berwick Pier.
Two male adults and two male children had come into difficulties as their jet ski with a dingy attached had broken down.
After assessing the situation, the crew decided it was safer to bring both children onboard, due to the sea being slightly choppy with a West wind force four plus to start warming them as both were extremely cold, whilst they helped tow the broken jet ski with dingy and male adults.
The crew handed over the jet ski with the dingy to Shore Crew at Berwick lifeboat station.
Whilst the four casualties were taken to the Berwick Pontoon and were met by Berwick’s HM Coastguard UK who then brought into the lifeboat station, to be warmed through safely using the stations shower facilities.
Thankfully all four casualties once checked over were all alright and needed no more emergency treatment.
Anyone using any water ways is urged to check the RNLI web page ‘Respect the Water’, which gives safety advice on how to keep you and your love ones safe.
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