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Craster lifeboat tasked to locate and assist a group trapped by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 8 April at 1:46pm Craster RNLI volunteers were paged by HM Coastguard to immediately launch and proceed to Seahouses to assist two children and two adults.

Stock image of lifeboat leaving the harbour

RNLI/Andrew Cowan

Stock image of Craster lifeboat leaving Craster harbour

The charity's D class lifeboat D839 James Ballard was launched and made best speed north to Seahouses with three volunteer crew on board.

Information was passed by the Coastguard to the lifeboat that four people, two of whom were children were trapped by the Powder House to the south end of the harbour and the larger than normal spring tide was still rising.

Howick Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) and Seahouses CRT had also been tasked to the Harbour to assist.

Craster RNLI volunteer crew arrived on scene and established that they were the four people in danger. The casualties were cold but in good spirits and did not require any casualty care

The RNLI crew evacuated them two at a time back to the harbour and handed them into the care of HM Coastguard and they were provided with essential safety and tidal advice.

A shoreline search was carried out south of the harbour to ensure no one else was in danger as the lifeboat made its was back to Craster.

Craster lifeboat D839, James Ballard, returned to Craster lifeboat station and was refuelled and prepared for service

An excellent outcome working alongside HM Coastguard.

The RNLI advise beachgoers and coastal visitors to:

Check the tide times

Allow plenty of time before high tide to exit the beach

Carry a means of calling for help.

If you find yourself or anyone in trouble in the water, dial 999 or 112 from a mobile phone and ask for the Coastguard.

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For more information please contact RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Andy Cowan: [email protected]

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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