Newbiggin and Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboats launched to a kayaker in the water in Cambois Bay.
Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Newbiggin and Blyth RNLI lifeboats shortly after 5:45pm Saturday 17 May 2014 to go to the assistance of a kayaker in difficulty in Cambois Bay in a location between Newbiggin and Blyth. Both lifeboats launched shortly before 6:00pm with a total of six volunteer crew on board and headed towards the scene. The kayaker was being assisted by another kayaker who had made the initial call for help using a VHF radio.
Upon arrival Blyth lifeboat assisted the casualty from the water and the crew carried out an initial assessment of his condition, Newbiggin lifeboat arrived shortly afterwards to recover the driftin kayak. Both lifeboats then proceeded to the shore at Cambois where they were met by an awaiting coastguard team and ambulance.
Once both the kayaker and his kayak were safely ashore both lifeboats returned to station and were made ready for service again by 7:00pm.
Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Operation Manager (LOM) John Scott said ‘It was good to see that the second kayaker had a VHF radio and was able to use it correctly to call for help when it mattered’.