Rescue missions launched after visitors to Northumberland coast get into trouble

Campers who became stranded on rocks and a person in difficulty while swimming in a pond were among the call outs to Northumberland's rescue teams during one of the hottest days of the year.

Saturday, 8th August 2020, 11:48 am

Last night, Friday, August 7, Howick Coastguard Rescue Team was alerted by the Humber Coastguard after concerns were raised about young people camping on the Emblestones off Low Newton.

A spokesperson for the team said: “The youths were easily spotted on the rocks but with the tide in no access was available to reach them.

"We had been informed that the family were on the mainland and the team then proceeded to track down the family.

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A photo shared by Howick Coastguard Rescue Team following its call out to Emblestones, when people were spotted trying to camp on the rocks.

“Contact was made with the family and suitable safety advice was given.

“The Emblestones are particularly dangerous rocks to walk on with the team having attended a number of incidents on these in recent times, usually involving fractures.

"They are dangerous to walk on during daylight hours and even more dangerous in the dark.”

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Earlier in the day, at 12.30pm, their colleagues based in Amble, Newbiggin and Blyth were joined by Newbiggin’s RNLI volunteers following a call about someone who was seen in difficultly while in the sea at Cresswell Ponds.

Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (Hart) and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service were also called to the scene.

The person was taken into the care of the emergency services.

A spokesperson for the Coastguard added “The casualty was recovered and passed to the next level of care.

“On this occasion, the location of the casualty was not as initially reported so the lifeboat was thanked for responding and returned to station as the casualty was located inland.

“Remember if you see anyone in difficulties at sea or on the beach dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

A spokesperson for Newbiggin’s RNLI team added: “The lifeboat proceeded at full speed to the area known as Cresswell Scarrs, as it arrived on scene it was established the person was now ashore and being assisted by others.”

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