At 1:47pm on Saturday 17 July 2021, UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat, to assist a group of paddle boarders in difficulty off Bamburgh Beach.
The group were being carried out by the tidal flow, and were having difficulty trying to get back to the shore. A group of kayakers had also gone to try and assist them. The inshore lifeboat was launched and made best speed to the area, while shore based Coastguard Rescue Teams from Seahouses and Berwick were also mobilised.
The two paddle boarders were located and taken aboard the inshore lifeboat, and landed safely at Bamburgh, where they were handed into the care of the local Coastguard Rescue Teams. The inshore lifeboat was then released and returned to station.
Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Clayton, commented, 'The strength of the tidal currents, resulted in the body boarders getting into difficulty. Fortunately on this occasion, there was a good outcome and we were happy to be able to assist. However, we always urge people to respect the water and its potentially strong flow and currents.'
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