Woman rescued from the sea by Redcar RNLI
A woman was rescued from the sea at Saltburn by the crew of the Redcar RNLI lifeboat on Friday 24 March 2017.
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.’
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
RNLI media contacts:For more information please contact Dave Cocks, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07894 558 483 the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789; firstname.lastname@example.org
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