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Young man's life saved by Cullercoats RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 20th March 2018, Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were paged at 4:55pm to reports of a person in difficulty in Cullercoats Bay.

Cullercoats Lifeboat launching to the rescue

RNLI/Curtis Dunn

Cullercoats crew launched within five minutes of being paged and quickly located the casualty near the South Pier in Cullercoats. They pulled him safely from the water and into the lifeboat before turning to return to station. Due to the conditions, the lifeboat had to use a net recovery to safely get back on the carriage.

The casualty was then taken back to the lifeboat station to be checked over and was found to be severely hypothermic. The crew administered first aid and worked to warm the casualty until the North East Ambulance Service arrived a few minutes later.

The casualty was taken to hospital to be checked over and cared for and the Cullercoats crew washed down and prepared for service once again. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.

All of the crew at Cullercoats are volunteers and are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, ready to save lives at sea.

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