Monday, May 21, 2012

Coastguards Wade in to Rescue Surfer

A teenage surfer was rescued from the water at Saltburn yesterday afternoon after the Skinningrove Coastguard Rescue Team donned water rescue equipment and recovered her to the shore.

The coastguard rescue team were in the area after responding to another incident on the cliffs nearby when they were made aware of a female who had got into difficulty and was unable to make it back to the beach. At the same time, several 999 calls were made to the operations room at Humber Coastguard to report the incident, including one from the concerned father of the 17-year-old girl. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Redcar RNLI lifeboat to assist. Meanwhile, Skinningrove Coastguard donned water rescue equipment and waded into the breakers with a spare lifejacket to recover the surfer. The teenage surfer was brought ashore exhausted and reunited with her family.

Drew Mahood, Watch Manager, Humber Coastguard said, "The father of the teenage surfer did absolutely the right thing by dialling 999 and raising the alarm when his daughter got into difficulty. The choppy seas and large swell meant it was only safe for the trained coastguard rescue team to enter the water with specialist equipment to recover the girl, and luckily they were able to bring her safely ashore within ten minutes of the original call."

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