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Woman rescued from the sea by Redcar RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A woman was rescued from the sea at Saltburn by the crew of the Redcar RNLI lifeboat on Friday 24 March 2017.

Redcar RNLI lifeboat approaching a woman in the sea at Saltburn

RNLI/Janet Danks

Redcar RNLI lifeboat approaching a woman in the sea at Saltburn

The alarm was raised at 1pm by Cleveland Police, who had been called to an area of the promenade adjacent to Hazel Grove after a woman had been seen in the surf, with sea breaking over her.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat Leicester Challenge III was launched from Redcar and on arriving at Saltburn the crew found the woman struggling in the surf.

RNLI helmsman Mark Reeves said: ‘We found the lady in a very difficult position. She was up to her neck in water and the sea was breaking over her.

‘We decided the best option was for my two crew members to jump in and get her straight to the beach.’

The two RNLI crew members held the woman in the surf until they were able to get her close to the beach. They were helped by police officers to take the woman from the sea. She was treated by ambulance crews before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said: ‘The crew undoubtedly saved the woman’s life today. She was in a dire situation and wouldn’t have survived much longer in those conditions.

‘She owes her life to the skill of the helmsman and the courage of the two crew who jumped into the sea to rescue her.’

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Notes to editors:

Attached images show the Redcar RNLI crew rescuing a woman in the sea at Saltburn on Friday 24 arch 2017. Credit RNLI/Janet Danks

Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802

Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Nicolas Thomas of Shropshire

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Redcar RNLI crew jump into the sea to rescue a woman at Saltburn

RNLI/Janet Danks

Redcar RNLI crew jump into the sea to rescue a woman at Saltburn
Woman rescued by Redcar RNLI

RNLI/Janet Danks

Woman rescued by Redcar RNLI

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