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Seahouses RNLI lifeboat called out twice on Sunday

Lifeboats News Release

Seahouses Lifeboat Crews were called out twice on Sunday 7th August 2016.

The first call came at 03.46hr on Sunday 7th August 2016. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats to assist police and local Shore based Coastguards, who were searching for a missing person at Bamburgh. There was concern that this person may have entered the water.

As the Lifeboats were launching from the Harbour slipway, further information was received confirming that the person had been located safe and well. The lifeboats were stood down and returned to station. The crews were then able to return to bed!

The second call came at 16.59hr on Sunday 7th August 2016. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats to assist local Shore based Coastguards, who were searching for an overdue windsurfer at Beadnell. Sea conditions were quite rough with a strong wind.

The Inshore Lifeboat began an inshore search, while the All Weather Lifeboat searched further offshore. The Coxswain then requested Craster Inshore Lifeboat to launch and begin a search from Craster to Beadnell in the south. A local fishing boat (lifeboat crewman) also joined the search, and located the wind surfer off Dunstanburgh Castle 2 hours after the initial report. The surfer had lost his sail, and had been hanging onto his sail board in rough sea conditions.
 
He was transferred to the All Weather Lifeboat from the fishing vessel, and was then winched aboard a Rescue Helicopter, for transport to hospital for further medical treatment. His sail board was recovered onto the lifeboat but there was no sign of his sail.

Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton added, “This was a big area to search, and we are grateful to our colleagues from Craster who assisted us, and our crewman aboard his fishing boat who spotted the man on his sailboard. Having regard to the time the casualty had been missing in poor conditions, he was lucky that there was a positive outcome. This incident could have a far worse result and we would urge all who use the sea to ‘Respect the Water’, and make personal safety a priority.”

 

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