Emergency teams rush to double call out on Northumberland coastline

Rescue teams helped an injured woman who fell near Lindisfarne Castle before being deployed to reports of paddle boarders drifting out to sea.

By Fiona Thompson
Saturday, 17th July 2021, 8:41 pm

Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team was called out to Holy Island at 1.27pm today, Saturday, July 17, after a report a casualty had injured her ankle.

A spokesperson for the team said: “On arrival the casualty’s family had managed to transport her to their car.

"Our team administered casualty care and advised they got it checked over at the local infirmary.”

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Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team shared this photo following the call out to Holy Island.

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As the team departed Holy Island, it was then tasked to reports of paddle boarders drifting out to sea at Bamburgh, joining their colleagues from the Seahouses team.

The spokesperson added: “Seahouses Lifeboat Station had also been requested to launch their inshore lifeboat to locate and assess the casualties.

"They were then treated by our crews on shore due the how cold they were and later sent on their way.”

A spokesperson for Seahouses RNLI confirmed the charity was called out at 1.47pm off Bamburgh Beach after the boarders were being carried out by the tidal flow and struggling to get back to the shore.

They added: "A group of kayakers had also gone to try and assist them.

"The Inshore Lifeboat was launched and made best speed to the area, while Coastguard Rescue Teams from Seahouses Coastguard Rescue Team and Berwick Coastguard rescue team were also mobilised.

"The two body boarders were located and taken aboard the Inshore Lifeboat, and landed safely at Bamburgh, where they were handed into the care of the local Coastguard Rescue Teams.

"The Inshore Lifeboat was then released and returned to station.”

People are reminded to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard to report any coastal emergency.

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