Sunderland RNLI assists teenagers cut off by the tide at Seaham


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* Date: 26/05/2013
* Author: Paul Nicholson

Lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station scrambled into action shortly after 04:30pm this afternoon (Sunday 26 May) to assist 2 teenagers who had become cut off by the rising tide at Seaham.

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Coastguard Officers based at Humber Coastguard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre requested the immediate launch of Sunderland RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat MyJo after Northumbria Police received an emergency ‘999’ telephone call reporting the teenagers plight.

The inshore lifeboat under the command of Ron Carroll launched 5 minutes later and made best speed to the scene of the incident.

Shore-based MCA Coastguard Rescue Teams from Seaham and Sunderland Coastguard Stations were also tasked to attend the incident, in case it was necessary to evacuate the teenagers up the cliff using rope rescue equipment.

A Helicopter from National Police Air Service was also tasked to the scene; and quickly located the teenagers in advance of the lifeboat arriving.

Ron Carroll, Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: ‘The initial reports indicated that the teenagers were stranded at the bottom of cliffs 100m to the north of Seaham Hall car park. It was our priority to get on scene as quickly as possible; because it was unclear how much time the teenagers had before the small beach they were on became covered by the rising tide’.

The two teenagers (19 year old male and female from Seaham and Thorney Close, Sunderland) were transferred from the beach onto the inshore lifeboat before being transferred to Seaham Marina where they were landed into the care of Seaham Coastguard.

Ron added, ‘Thankfully with the assistance of the Police helicopter we were able to quickly locate the teenagers and bring them onboard the inshore lifeboat. The RNLI advise that anyone taking part in coastal walking or other coastal activities should check the times of the tide to help ensure that their group does not become trapped by the rising tide. If you do find yourself stranded; you should make your way to the safest piece of high ground and dial 999 for the Coastguard’.

As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.

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