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Seahouses inshore lifeboat launches to report of paddle boarders in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

At 3:49pm on Saturday 30 September 2023, Seahouses inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard, to go to the assistance of two paddle boarders off Holy Island.

Images: Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat launching on service

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Images: Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat launching on service
A 999 call had been received by the Coastguard from a member of the public, concerned that the two paddle boarders appeared not to be making any headway against the tidal flow.

The inshore lifeboat launched and made best speed to Holy Island. On arrival of the lifeboat, the two paddle boarders were quickly located. They did not require assistance and were in no difficulty.

The lifeboat shadowed them for a short while till they were closer to shore, and then returned to station. Local coastguards from Holy Island and Seahouses had also been mobilised.

Seahouses RNLI Volunteer Press Officer Ian Clayton commented, 'This fortunately turned out to be a false alarm with good intent. The member of the public had been concerned for the paddle boarders’ safety, and did exactly the right thing by calling the Coastguard'.

Media Contacts:

Ian Clayton, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Seahouses Lifeboat Station (07981) 069177 [email protected]

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