Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station
Launch Report 019 & 20/2015
BODY BOARDER IN DISTRESS IN BEADNELL BAY IN CHOPPY SEA CONDITIONS
At 13.51hrs on Sunday 23 August 2015, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat to go to the assistance of a body boarder in distress in choppy seas in Beadnell Bay. It was believed he was being carried out by the tide. Due to the sea conditions, the All Weather Lifeboat was also launched. It was reported that an onlooker was also trying to swim out to the body boarder’s assistance.
Both Lifeboats were quickly on scene, and began a systematic search of the bay for the casualties. As the All Weather Lifeboat came around Beadnell Point, it struck a large swell which was starting to break. One crewman who was acting as a look out on the lifeboat deck, was knocked off balance, falling heavily onto the deck, causing an injury to his knees and back. After commencing the search, local Coastguards on the shore were able to confirm that all casualties had managed to get back to shore safely, and both Lifeboats were stood down. The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its carriage at Beadnell due to the sea conditions and returned to station by road, together with the injured crewman from the All Weather Lifeboat. Fortunately, his injuries turned out to be not too serious, and he declined further medical assistance. Another female crew member on the All Weather Lifeboat found herself ensnared in a fishing line, with quite large hooks and a lead weight, as the Lifeboat was leaving the harbour at Seahouses. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton expressed concern that adults and children should ensure that hand lines used at the harbour entrance, are fully retracted when vessels are entering and leaving the harbour. Nylon lines can be difficult to spot, and the hooks could cause serious facial injury to boat crews or their passengers.
The lifeboats were rehoused and ready for service by 16.10hr that day.