UK: Teen rescued in rough seas by Cullercoats Lifeboat, aided by unknown local surfer. Highlights spring tides and ground swell danger – 080913 2310z

Following a 999 call made by a member of the public reporting a young boy in difficulties in the sea at Browns Bay in Whitley Bay, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of RNLI Cullercoats lifeboat at 5.34pm on Saturday 7 September.

 

Within 8 minutes the lifeboat, Hylton Burdon with the volunteer crew of Peter Clark, Leading Helmsman, Andy Small and Curtis Dunn were at the scene. Directed by volunteers of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, they found a 13 year old local boy floundering in the water and in difficulty. He was only about 15 yards from the coastline but with the tide at its highest and a large sea swell he was unable to get back to the rocks nearby and was getting very tired.

 

Fortunately, whilst the lifeboat was making its way to the scene a local surfer who was walking nearby was also alerted to the boys danger. He entered the water with his surfboard and was able to reach the boy and maintain his position in the area of the water.

 

Once at the scene one of the crew jumped into the sea and was able to get to the casualty and with the help of his fellow volunteer crew members he was able to get the boy on-board the lifeboat with the aid of a safety rope. The surfer was able to make his own way back to the safety of the nearby rocks.

Teenager rescued from water

Credit: RNLI/Michael Scott
Teenager rescued from water

Casualty helped in water byvolunteer crew member

Credit: RNLI/Michael Scott
Casualty helped in water byvolunteer crew member

 

The teenager’s welfare was immediately assessed on the lifeboat where it was ascertained that he had been in the water for some time and was very cold and possibly suffering from shock. He was given a waterproof/windproof covering and taken back to the lifeboat station where he was met and assessed by a Paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service. The teenager was given medical attention at the station and was released back to his family 1 hour later.

 

Peter Clark, Leading Helmsman Cullercoats RNLI said: Browns Bay is notorious at high tide for its dangerous sea swells and the rocks in the area create large waves. Once we arrived he was very tired and weak, any longer in the water and it may have been a different situation. I would like to thank the local surfer who kept the boy secure before we arrived.

 

Frank Taylor, Operations Manager at Cullercoats RNLI said: Routine water activity becomes very dangerous with spring tides and ground swell. This boy is lucky to have been rescued. ” – RNLI

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