Newbiggin called to persons in the water

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station were called out today following reports of a persons in difficulty.

Lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat

The call came in from UK Coastguard Humber Operation Centre with reports of two persons well off the shore in the Sandy Bay area who requested immediate lifeboat assistance.

Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach shortly afterwards with four volunteer crew on board. The lifeboat headed at full speed south to the search area and arrived at Sandy Bay shortly afterwards to find the persons on an inflatable. They were brought onto the safety of the lifeboat then transferred to the beach and checked over. Throughout the incident on scene support was given by the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Amble and Blyth.

Newbiggin lifeboat then returned to station and the incident was closed.

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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