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Newbiggin Launches to Person in the Water

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station were called out tonight following reports of a person in difficulty

Newbiggin lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin / Harry Slater

Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 Richard Wake Burdon
The call came in from HM Coastguard's Humber Operation Centre with reports of a distressed person in the Sandy Bay area and a request for lifeboat assistance to give assistance.

Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach shortly afterwards with four volunteer crew on board. The lifeboat headed at full speed south to the search area and arrived at Sandy Bay shortly afterwards to find the person in the sea. One of the volunteer crew entered the water to assist the person back to the beach and handed them into the care of Coastguard Rescue Teams from Newbiggin and Blyth.

Newbiggin lifeboat then returned to station and the incident was closed.

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email nicola_quinn@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website

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