Lifeboat crews res­cue fam­ily from North Sea

Halifax Courier - - Your­courier -

RNLI crews re­cov­ered two peo­ple at first be­fore even­tu­ally lo­cat­ing the three oth­ers and pulling them from the North Sea.

“When the res­cue boat re­turned, there were floods of tears and it was a mas­sive re­lief for our fam­ily. It was quite emo­tional,” David added.

“We were un­be­liev­ably grate­ful for the fact that ev­ery­one was wear­ing some kind of buoy­ancy de­vice. Every­one ei­ther had a wet­suit, body board or jacket on and that helped be­cause they were out there for nearly an hour.

”I can­not say enough how good the RNLI were. The re­sponse was fan­tas­tic.”

Am­bu­lance crews at the scene checked ev­ery­one over who was pulled from the sea and three of the five rel­a­tives res­cued were taken to Wans­beck Hospi­tal at Ash­ing­ton near New­cas­tle for treat­ment for shock, pos­si­ble hy­pother­mia and for swal­low­ing sea wa­ter, which can cause sec­ondary drown­ing - a fa­tal con­di­tion that can hap­pen up to 24 hours later.

One of the rel­a­tives, who watched on from the beach but did not want to be named, said she wanted to warn peo­ple about dan­ger­ous cur­rents.

The fam­ily mem­ber said: “Had they not acted bravely and sen­si­bly in their sit­u­a­tion, I fear that they would not have been in such good condi- tion when the lifeboat brought them to safety.

“I strongly sup­port that the wider pub­lic should know about the dan­gers of the sea, and in par­tic­u­lar the risks of rip cur­rents and it is im­por­tant that pub­lic knowl­edge of the won­der­ful work that the RNLI un­der­take is in­creased.”

Two oth­ers peo­ple who had drifted away seper­ately from the group of five as the rip tide struck were res­cued un­harmed by peo­ple on the beach.

RNLI Sea­houses Lifeboat op­er­a­tions man­ager Ian Clay­ton, said: “It took us eight to ten min­utes to reach the group and the out­come would have been dif­fer­ent if we were called any later.”

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