An elderly woman who was suffering from hypothermia after it appeared that she wandered into the sea at Alnmouth was flown to hospital yesterday (Saturday).
Bystanders on the beach became concerned and tried to persuade her to return to the shore. She was in the water for 15 minutes and a member of the public went into the sea to help her out.
Amble’s inshore lifeboat crew and Amble Coastguard arrived on the beach and assisted by taking the casualty to a building at Alnmouth Village Golf Club.
The search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer was also on scene and an ambulance crew from the North East Ambulance Service arrived and assessed the woman. She was found to be suffering from hypothermia from the length of time she had spent in the sea. It was decided to airlift her to the Wansbeck General Hospital.
A spokesman for Amble RNLI said: “At the request of HM Coastguard, both lifeboats from Amble RNLI were launched at 5.44pm yesterday to assist an elderly woman reported to be in difficulty in the sea off Alnmouth beach.
“It is believed that she had walked into the sea. She was very cold and hypothermic after she came out of the water and she was flown to hospital.”