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Newbiggin called to swimmers

Lifeboats News Release

A group of swimmers in rough beach conditions resulted in a call for assistance today

Lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat

The call came in around 3.50pm from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of persons in the water off Cresswell and in difficulty.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. Once on scene it was ascertained that the group had come out of the sea and with no further action was needed the lifeboat returned to station.

Throughout the incident the teams from Newbiggin and Amble Coastguards provided coordination from the shore and they checked the casualties on the beach where safety advice was also given.

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

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website

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