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Launch Report 016 & 017/2014


At 16.50 hrs on Sunday 24 August 2014, Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats, following reports of persons in the water shouting for help, off the beach between Seahouses and Beadnell near Annstead Farm. This was the same location at the incident on Wednesday  20th August, when 4 youngsters and an adult were rescued. On arrival at the location one youngster was pulled to safety by the Inshore Lifeboat, another by a passing inflatable boat, and passed on the All Weather Lifeboat, which also picked up the fourth person.

Once it was confirmed that all persons were accounted for, the lifeboat brought all four to Seahouses harbour, where they were placed in the station Landrover and taken to the boathouse. They were treated by the Lifeboat Crew who are all trained as Casualty Care Medics and warmed using blankets, and given hot drinks. All four were deeply shocked, very cold, and some had swallowed sea water. An ambulance and first responder attended and after a thorough check by paramedics, all four were released without need for hospitalisation. For a second time in a few days, persons had been caught by a rip current and carried out into deeper colder water, which was quite choppy at this location. An adult female in a kayak had attempted to assist them and had also to be rescued.

Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton said, "It is disturbing that twice within a few days, people have found themselves in serious difficulty, having been carried out by rip tides. Fortunately the lifeboats got to them quickly, and they were brought ashore safely. The incident further underlines the RNLI's current safety campaign to 'Respect the Water'.  We are all once more relieved that none seem to have suffered any lasting effects from their disturbing experience. I would urge anyone witnessing such an incident to call 999 immediately and ask for the coastguard, as time can be critical in such rescues."

The RNLI have no information as to their identities, other than they were on holiday in the area from Sheffield. Both Lifeboats then returned to station.

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