RNLI Seahouses Lifeboat were called out to an inflatable boat reported in trouble east of Holy Island, then later received a shout concerning three paddleboarders in difficulty at Budle Bay.
At 12:40 on Thursday 11 August, HM Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat to the report of an inflatable boat in trouble, east of Holy Island. A kayak was reported to be trying to assist or tow it.
This turned out to be a yacht tender with two people aboard, struggling against the wind and tide to get ashore from a moored yacht. A kayak had tried unsuccessfully to assist them, and a local fishing boat towed them back to their yacht. The Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene but was not required.
Then at 15:59 on that day UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat to the report of three paddle boarders in distress at Budle Bay.
The Inshore Lifeboat was halfway to the scene, when it was confirmed that the paddleboarders had reached the shore safely, where they were met by the local Coastguard Rescue Team and given safety advice.
Seahouses RNLI Press Officer Ian Clayton added: 'It has been a busy week for our crews, as people flock to the coast to enjoy the fine warm weather. We can only stress the need to take care in the sea, be aware of currents and wind, which can easily prevent small boats and paddle boards from being operated safely.
The RNLI advise that all inflatables are used in enclosed water only and not in the sea. If you find yourself or witness anyone in trouble at sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'
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