Newbiggin RNLI rescues drifting paddle boarders

Lifeboats News Release

A fresh offshore wind and unpredictable tidal currents put two paddle boarders into difficulty.

Lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat with casualty vessel

Humber Coastguard requested an immediate launch of the lifeboat as the two boards were pushed further out to sea during Friday afternoon.

Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach and within minutes was alongside the casualty. The pair were pulled out of the water and brought onto the safety of the lifeboat along with their boards.

On returning to the shore they were met by the Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team who provided safety advice on calling for help and the requisite safety equipment for such activities.

If you are heading out on a paddle board, we urge you to wear a floatation device and beware of offshore winds. For information on how to safely enjoy your paddle board this summer, please visit:

RNLI Newbiggin Volunteer Press Officer, Richard Martin said 'During this hot weather paddle boarding is becoming increasingly popular, but there are some simple things to remember to keep yourself safe.

  • You should wear a personal floatation device - This can be a buoyancy aid or a lifejacket. Choose one that still allows you plenty of movement so you can paddle freely. Not only will it keep you afloat, but it will also help give you time to recover should you fall in – and chances are you will!
  • Avoid offshore winds - They will quickly blow your paddle board far out to sea, which can make it extremely tiring and difficult to paddle back to shore.
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times before you set out. If the water is too choppy, you might find it difficult, especially if you are a beginner. And be aware, the conditions can change quickly.
  • Bringing your phone to take some photos? Make sure you keep it in a waterproof pouch. That way it won't get wet, and you can use it to call for help in an emergency too.

For further advice on staying safe whilst paddle boarding, visit the RNLI website:

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or [email protected] 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 website.

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