Seahouses lifeboat called to paddle boarder half a mile off Bamburgh Beach
At 2pm on Monday 23 August 2021, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat, to check on the welfare of a paddle boarder who was approximately ½ mile off Bamburgh Beach. A member of the public on the shore, had reported concern for the boarder’s safety.
The inshore lifeboat was launched and made best speed to the area, and located the paddle boarder. It was ascertained that he was experienced and was not in any difficulty, or in need of assistance.
After a welfare check from the lifeboat crew, the lifeboat was released by the Coastguard, and returned to station.
Local Coastguard Officers on the shore had made contact with the caller, to update them. This was a genuine false alarm with good intent.
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