Northumberland RNLI crew rescues men from river

The Mildred Holcroft in action. Credit RNLI/Amble.

The Mildred Holcroft in action. Credit RNLI/Amble.

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A crew from Amble RNLI rescued two men who were being washed down the River Coquet.

The inshore lifeboat, The Mildred Holcroft, was launched yesterday at around 3pm to aid the pair, who were in a small wooden dinghy. They were being washed down river towards the wood jetty at Amble Marina.

The inshore lifeboat assisted the men, landing one at the marina and returning the other one, as well as the dinghy, to the pontoon at Coquet Yacht Club.

Paul Stewart, helmsman of the inshore lifeboat, said: “This incident ended well, but no one should underestimate the strength of the flow of the river, especially with the conditions as they were yesterday.

“There was a strong westerly wind blowing, together with an ebbing tide and flood water in the river.”