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Newbiggin RNLI Rescue Paddleboarders

Lifeboats News Release

Two paddleboarders were saved by the lifeboat after getting blown out to sea and beyond the sheltered shoreline.

Lifeboat heading out of the bay

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat
Newbiggin lifeboat volunteer Mark Pearson had been on station during late afternoon and observed out to sea two paddleboarders that were unable to get back ashore. After contacting the Humber Coastguard the lifeboat was paged for immediate launch.

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 paddleboard, we urge you to wear a floatation device and beware of offshore winds. For information on how to safely enjoy your paddleboard this summer, please visit:

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or [email protected] or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email [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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