Cullercoats and Tynemouth Lifeboats launch to the aid of a newborn baby
At 5:50pm, Humber Coastguard paged the crew at Cullercoats to launch to the aid of a newborn baby with breathing difficulties on St Mary's Island.
As the causeway to the island was still flooded and given the nature of the shout, Tynemouth Lifeboat were also tasked in case transit was needed to awaiting emergency services. Cullercoats Lifeboat made safe speed to St Mary's Island and were first on scene. Due to the tide, the Cullercoats crew had to swim the last few metres to the island with the medical equipment in order to provide immediate casualty care to the child.
As the tide receded, the crew continued to treat the child inside until a road ambulance was able to cross the causeway, with the help of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB). The paramedics took over care of the child and they were evacuated from the island via road ambulance. Tynemouth Lifeboat crew, who had launched their smaller Y-Class lifeboat, picked the remaining Cullercoats crew off the island, returned everyone to their respective boats then all units started back to their stations. The lifeboats were refuelled and made ready for service once again.
Frank Taylor, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Cullercoats, said 'This was a great effort by all concerned and was an excellent example of teamwork between the lifeboat crews and other organisations. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.