Redcar RNLI called out three times during a busy evening at the coast
Tuesday proved to be a very busy time for Redcar RNLI with volunteers responding to three shouts during the evening.
The first shout was received from the Coastguard at 6.03pm and led to the launch of Redcar RNLI’s Atlantic 85. The lifeboat was sent out into Tees Bay to aid a small boat that had lost power to its engine.
After assessing the situation, it was decided that the safest option was for the lifeboat crew to attach a line to the vessel and tow it back into Hartlepool.
Just one hour later at 7.01pm, the Coastguard requested the launch of Redcar RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat to an incident at Saltburn. The volunteer crew once again responded and were also joined by the Atlantic 85 lifeboat which was returning from the shout at Hartlepool. The Saltburn incident involved a vehicle and trailer plus boat that had become stuck in the sand close to The Ship Inn.
At 9.16pm, Redcar RNLI once again received a call from the coastguard asking them to launch both lifeboats. Two people had been cut off by the tide just to the east of Skinningrove village. Both lifeboats were launched to carry out the rescue.
Nathan Hobday, Helm of the D class inshore lifeboat said: 'Two young lads walking from Hummersea to Skinningrove were forced onto rocks below the cliff as the tide started to come in around them. We managed to get the lifeboat up to the rock they were stood on and then get them safely onboard’.
The lifeboat returned the two rescued casualties safely to Skinningrove beach where the coastguard took over. Both lifeboats then returned to Redcar RNLI Lifeboat station where they were prepared for their next shout.
Mike Picknett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said: ‘In what turned out to be an exceptionally busy evening for our volunteers, their commitment and professionalism for saving lives at sea has proved its worth once again.
'We should remind people that there are dangers associated with our coastline and beaches. You should always carry a means of calling for help and check the weather and tide times before you set off. If you see someone in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. You could help save a life.'
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