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Two children drifting out to sea helped by Cullercoats Lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were paged at 3:16pm this afternoon, (Saturday 30th June), to reports of two children in an inflatable boat floating out to sea.

Cullercoats Lifeboat returned to station following the rescue

RNLI/George Lown

Cullercoats Lifeboat returned to station following the rescue

The lifeboat launched quickly from Cullercoats and headed North towards Whitley Bay. The crew located the children, who were fine, well and happy to keep paddling and planned to escort them back to the shore. After a few minutes of standing alongside the inflatable, the crew brought the children aboard the lifeboat to give them a helping hand back to shore and returned them to their family on the beach. The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for service once again.

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