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Newcastle RNLI aids two people on leisure craft with engine difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Newcastle RNLI launched this afternoon (Sunday 8 May) at 4:30pm to assist an adult and child safely back to shore just off Newcastle Harbour.

Three Newcastle RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched the inshore lifeboat to assist a leisure craft which experienced engine failure. Once on scene the crew established a tow and proceeded to Newcastle Harbour.

Newcastle RNLI Helm Niall McMurray said ‘We’re always happy to help where we can and thankfully conditions were calm with no one injured.’

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Photographs:
• Newcastle RNLI volunteers launching the Inshore Lifeboat
• Newcastle RNLI towing the leisure craft

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