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Blyth RNLI launched to paddle boarder requiring assistance

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 11 September at 5.03pm volunteer crew responded to their pagers

The Atlantic 85 was launched on service to reports of a female paddle boarder that had been blown offshore off of Seaton Sluice.

The four volunteer crew on board headed south and were aware that the casualty was in contact with UK Coastguard via a mobile phone. They received an update that the lady could no longer see the land and there was a small fishing boat in her location approximately 0.5 nautical miles from Seaton Sluice.

Acting on this information the volunteer crew were able to conduct a search and located the paddle boarder a short time later.

Once on scene and confirming that the paddle boarder was the person they were looking for, the casualty was brought on board the Atlantic 85. The casualty was in no need of any medical treatment.

The Atlantic 85 then proceeded to Seaton Sluice Harbour where they were met by the local Coastguard unit from Blyth and the paddler boarder was left in their care.

The lifeboat and volunteer crew were then stood down and returned to the Port of Blyth and the lifeboat station were the Atlantic 85 was made ready for service.

For further safety information regarding paddle boarding please visit the RNLI website

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For more information please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 or [email protected] or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer (North and East) on 07824 518641 or [email protected] contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Volunteer crew assisting paddle boarder located off of Seaton Sluice

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