Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370
Launch Report 026-027/2016
SEARCH FOR OVERDUE WIND SURFER AT BEADNELL BAY
At 16.59hr on Sunday 7th August 2016, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats to assist local Shore based Coastguards, who were searching for an overdue windsurfer at Beadnell. Sea conditions were quite rough with a strong wind.
The Inshore Lifeboat began an inshore search, while the All Weather Lifeboat searched further offshore. The Coxswain then requested Craster Inshore Lifeboat to launch and begin a search from Craster to Beadnell. A local fishing boat (lifeboat crewman) also joined the search, and located the wind surfer off Dunstanburgh Castle 2 hours after the initial report. The surfer had lost his sail, and had been hanging onto his sail board in rough sea conditions. He was transferred to the All Weather Lifeboat from the fishing vessel, and was then winched aboard a Rescue Helicopter, for transport to hospital for further medical treatment. His sail board was recovered onto the lifeboat but there was no sign of his sail.
Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton added, “This was a big area to search, and we are grateful to our colleagues from Craster who assisted us, and our crewman aboard his fishing boat who spotted the man on his sailboard. Having regard to the time the casualty had been missing in poor conditions, he was lucky that there was a positive outcome. This incident could have a far worse result and we would urge all who use the sea to ‘Respect the Water’, and make personal safety a priority.”