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Sunderland RNLI take part in rescue operation for female at Hendon

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Sunderland RNLI were this evening part of a large multi-agency rescue operation which took place following reports of a woman falling into the sea from the Promenade at Hendon, Sunderland.

At 7:00pm this evening Humber Coastguard received a ‘999’ emergency call from a member of the public reporting that a female had fallen into the sea from Hendon promenade, Sunderland.

Coastguard's immediately requested the launch of Sunderland RNLI’s Atlantic 85 and D Class inshore lifeboats along with Officers from Sunderland & Seaham Coastguard Rescue teams, Northumbria Police, and North East Ambulance Service.

Paul Nicholson, Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: ‘Thankfully on arrival we discovered a member of the public and a Paramedic supporting the female on the edge of the rock armour at the base of the promenade wall.'

After the short time the female was assisted from the rock armour by Coastguards and Paramedics while the charity’s lifeboats stood by providing safety cover.

Paul added: ‘Thankfully due to the efforts of the member of the public and the emergency services the female was rescued successfully before being taken to hospital by Paramedics. To carry out a successful rescue all of the links of the chain need to complete right from the initial 999 call to the emergency teams working together at the scene.

Shortly after 7:30pm the lifeboat volunteers returned back to their station where the boat and equipment was washed off and cleaned ready for the next emergency call.


Notes to editors

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station is the oldest continually operation lifeboat in the United Kingdom. It was originally opened in 1800 before being adopted by the RNLI in 1865.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates its own website where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station has a profile on Twitter (SunderlandRNLI) and Facebook (RNLI Sunderland) where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities and news.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates two inshore type lifeboats: An Atlantic 85 8.3m inflatable capable of 35 knots and a D Class (IB-1) 4.5m inflatable capable of 25 knots.

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For more information please telephone:

Paul Nicholson, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer on 07957 494 077 or email - or

Andy McGill, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer (Deputy) on 07980 089 622 or email -

As an alternative please contact RNLI Headquarters Public Relations on 01202 336000.

Image of rescue scene from Sunderland RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

Image of rescue scene from Sunderland RNLI lifeboat
Overhead image of the incident location


Overhead image of the incident location

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