Lifeboat press release
The hottest day of the year proved to be very eventful for the Redcar RNLI volunteer team.
At 1.36 p.m., the D-class inshore lifeboat was tasked with rescuing a child and three men. Reports were received that a dinghy had been blown off Majuba Road beach by a gust of wind. Three onlookers had swum in pursuit of the canoe and the child. When the lifeboat arrived on the scene, they found the three men clinging to the side of the inflatable while the child remained inside. Our crew immediately proceeded to bring the child and myself aboard the lifeboat while checking that they were not injured. The inflatable was about 300 yards from the beach. The lifeboat took the rescued men and child back to Majuba Road beach where the child was reunited with his mother.
Mike Picknett, Director of Lifeboat Operations at Redcar RNLI, said: “Our volunteer crew train hard to ensure they can respond quickly and effectively to cries like this. On this occasion, we were lucky enough to be able to reunite the child with his mother, a result with which we are all satisfied. Today turned out to be a very busy day for our team of volunteers, with many families heading to the coast to take advantage of the warm weather, we received a number of calls which we responded to. There are a few important safety measures that anyone can follow if they want to have a hassle-free day at the beach.
Always head to a supervised beach and stay as close to the marked area as possible as it is protected by our lifeguards. If you have inflatables, do not enter the water with them, they can be blown away very quickly. And of course, if you think you see someone in trouble, call 999 and ask for the coast guard.
The charity RNLI saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service on the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of the coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its lifesaving service. Since the RNLI’s inception in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,700 lives.
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