Bodyboarders rescued off Northumberland coast

The Seahouses lifeboat crew in action. Picture by RNLI.
The Seahouses lifeboat crew in action. Picture by RNLI.

Four young bodyboarders and an adult were rescued by the Seahouses lifeboat crew this afternoon, although ‘the outcome could have been very different’.

Around 1pm today, Seahouses lifeboat crew had just returned from filming with the crew from the BBC’s Coast programme when they received an initial report that four youngsters and two adults were in the water off Seahouses Golf Course and in serious difficulty.

The all-weather lifeboat was quickly on scene and two people were located and pulled from the sea, which was moderate to rough in places, with a strong gusty wind. Three more people were then spotted and also taken aboard.

It was then confirmed after some initial confusion that only one adult was in the water and everyone had been accounted for. The lifeboat then took all five back to Seahouses harbour.

They were treated by the crew, who are all trained as casualty care medics, as all five were deeply shocked, very cold and some had swallowed seawater. Three of the youngsters and the adult were later taken to Wansbeck General Hospital for treatment for possible hypothermia, shock and saltwater ingestion.

Seahouses Lifeboat operations manager, Ian Clayton, said: “It was very fortunate for these people that the lifeboat was able to respond so quickly. Had that not been the case, we fear the outcome may have been very different.

“Several of the youngsters were suffering the effects of cold-water immersion and exhaustion. It seems they were washed out to sea by a rip current while bodyboarding and the adult went to their aid, only to get into difficulty too.

“It serves to underline the RNLI’s current safety campaign to Respect the Water. We are all relieved that none seem to have suffered any lasting effects from their alarming experience and all should make a full recovery.”

The RNLI has no information as to the identities of those rescued, other than they were on holiday in the area.