Early morning call for volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Newbiggin and Blyth lifeboat stations were requested to launch to support a shore incident today.

Lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat at sea

The call came in around 03.20 from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who requested the lifeboat launch to the River Wansbeck and Sandy Bay area.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed south to begin a search of the area. Blyth's Atlantic 75 B class lifeboat Sure and Steadfast was also tasked to the search to support Newbiggin and Blyth coastguard teams along with officers from Northumbria Police.

After an hour of the operation the incident was closed and all units were released.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email jim_rice@rnli.org.uk 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 websites.

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