Date: Saturday June 14 2014
Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat launched following a 999 call reporting a lifeguard in difficulty at Blyth Beach.
The volunteer crew of Blyth’s RNLI inshore lifeboat were requested to launch by Humber Coastguard shortly before 4:15pm Saturday June 14 2014 following a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a lifeguard in difficulty at Blyth Beach. A rescue helicopter from R.A.F Boulmer and the shore based Blyth Coastguard rescue team were also tasked to the incident.
The lifeguard had entered the water to assist a swimmer who appeared to be in difficulty and at the time of the lifeboat launching it was reported that the swimmer was now safely ashore and the lifeguard who appeared to be having difficulty returning to shore was now being assisted by a kayaker.
The lifeboat launched shortly after 4:20pm and arrived at Blyth Beach, just offshore of the Dave Stephen’s Centre, a few minutes later to discover that the kayaker and lifeguard were both back on shore. Due to the sea conditions it was decided not to land the lifeboat on the beach as the coastguard rescue team were in the best position to assist the casualty, both the lifeboat and rescue helicopter were stood down and returned to station.
A representative from Blyth Lifeguard & Swimming Club who provide seasonal weekend lifeguard cover on Blyth Beach said ‘The lifeguard went to hospital to get checked over as he was hypothermic’
Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) John Scott said ‘this is the first time we have been called to rescue a lifeguard and although our crew only played a small part I am glad everything turned out alright‘.
Photo credits RNLI Blyth
Video credits RNLI Blyth