Redcar RNLI search for missing swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

A swimmer reported missing was found safe and well when RNLI lifeboats from Redcar were tasked on Saturday 29 May 2021.

Redcar RNLI lifeboats (library image).

RNLI/Dave Cocks

Redcar RNLI lifeboats (library image).

A companion of the swimmer raised the alarm just before 12.30pm when they lost sight of her swimming at the South Gare, near Redcar.

Both lifeboats from Redcar were launched to search between Redcar and the South Gare lighthouse. After 20 minutes searching the woman was spotted safe and well, returning to the beach at the South Gare.

Mark McGuire, Deputy Launching Authority at Redcar RNLI, said: “This turned out to be a false alarm with good intent. The swimmer’s companion did exactly the right thing by raising the alarm.

“The North Sea is still very cold at this time of the year and someone in trouble in the water will only survive a short time before the effects of the cold water kick in. So we’d rather have a call like this than find someone in a serious condition.”

Mark McGuire added: “And there’s a silver lining to this story anyway. The swimmer was doing a sponsored swim to raise money for the RNLI Mayday appeal.”

For more information on the Mayday appeal, go to RNLI Mayday Appeal – Will you answer the crews’ Mayday call?


Notes to editors:

Attached is a library image of the Redcar RNLI lifeboats. Credit RNLI/Dave Cocks

Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802

Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire

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