On Sunday 19th November 2017, Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were at the lifeboat station for a training day when they were alerted by a member of the public to a woman in difficulty in Cullercoats Bay.
While the crew were preparing to train, a dog walker alerted the crew to a possible person in difficulty in the water. Cullercoats Lifeboat was quickly prepared to launch and was heading down the beach when the dog walker found the woman and pulled her from the waters edge with the assistance of a crew member.
The lifeboat crew carried her to the lifeboat station, where they administered First Aid until they were joined by the Air Ambulance and North East Ambulance Service, who took over. Northumbria Police and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade also attended, with the Brigade members clearing the beach for the Air Ambulance to land.
The casualty was taken to hospital in the ambulance. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the casualty. No further details are available at this time. All units were stood down and made ready for service once more.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland