Redcar RNLI rescue three adults and a child from the sea off Redcar
The hottest day of the year proved to be very eventful for the volunteer crew at Redcar RNLI.
At 1.36pm the D Class inshore Lifeboat was tasked with the rescue of a child and three men. Reports had been received that an inflatable dinghy had been blown out to sea off Majuba Road beach by a gust of wind. Three male onlookers had set off swimming in pursuit of the dinghy and child. When the lifeboat arrived on scene, they found the three men holding onto the side of the inflatable while the child remained inside. Our crew immediately set about bringing the child and three me on board the lifeboat while checking them over for any injuries. The inflatable was approximately 300 meters from the beach. The lifeboat returned the rescued men and child to Majuba Road beach where the child was reunited with his mother.
Mike Picknett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said: ‘Our volunteer crew train hard to make sure they can respond quickly and efficiently for shouts like this. On this occasion we were fortunate to be able to reunite the child with his mother which is a result we are all happy with. Today has proven to be a very busy one for our volunteer crew, with lots of families heading for the coast to enjoy the hot weather we have had a number off calls which we have responded to. There are a few important safety measures everyone can follow if they want to spend a trouble free day at the beach.
Always head for a Lifeguarded beach and stay as close to the flagged area as possible as this is protected by our lifeguards. If you have inflatables, don’t enter the water with them, they can be blown out to sea very quickly. And of course, if you think you see someone in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'
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