Newbiggin Lifeboat Station says farewell to Lifeboat Chaplain

Sunday 29th October 2017

Newbiggin's Lifeboat Chaplain Reverend Peter Sinclair and his wife Philippa said a fond farewell to the community over the weekend at his last service in this local parish.

Peter has been Lifeboat Chaplain here for the last five years and has taken an active role in the lifeboat station including the annual Blessing of the Lifeboat, the Lifeboat Carol service and other fundraising events. In addition he has always made time to regularly call down to the station after his Sunday morning services to speak to the volunteer team and find out what is happening.

At the celebration tea event at the Church Centre on Sunday Peter and Philippa were presented by Newbiggin's volunteers with various items to thank them for their support over the years including a framed picture by local artist Mike Smith which depicts a rescue by Newbiggin lifeboat over 100 years ago but importantly has Peter's former parish church St. Bartholomew's at Church Point in the background.

Richard Martin from Newbiggin lifeboat thanked Peter on behalf of the station and added 'we are extremely grateful for everything Peter and Philippa have done for the lifeboat and the wider community here and we look forward to ensuring the ideas for our community continue.'

Peter added “It has been an enormous privilege to be associated with this lively lifeboat community -those who crew the boat as well as all those who support them on shore and who are involved in fund-raising.  The lifeboat is at the heart of Newbiggin by the Sea and we give thank for all their courage over more than 160 years.  This year the local Genealogy Project mounted an exhibition called the ‘Pride of Newbiggin’ featuring the stories of the 12 lifeboat coxswains who had led the crew over the years.  It was a most wonderful display that captured the imagination of the whole town.  It made us appreciate all that the lifeboat means to this place.  I wish them well and all God’s blessings in the future.”



Sunday 20th August 2017

UK Coastguard's Humber Operations Centre tasked Newbiggin RNLI's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' at 14:30 today to go to the assistance of a yacht 'Sigimae' which had suffered propulsion problems north of Newbiggin. The yacht and its crew of five was enjoying a Sunday afternoon cruise when difficulties were encountered.

Arriving at the casualty just ten minutes after launching, the four volunteer lifeboat crew made contact with the casualty whose five crew assured them that they were all safe and would require a tow north to Amble. A tow was secured by the lifeboat and with a volunteer lifeboat crewmember on the casualty vessel the slow tow north was begun.

The lifeboat was assisted by the Amble Coastguard rescue team as the casualty was brought into Amble and moored.

Richard Martin, Newbiggin RNLI spokesman, said: 'Our volunteer crew members responded to the alert as fast as possible were able to secure a tow for safe passage north.'


Pleasure Fishing Boat calls for help

Tuesday 15th August 2017

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI's Newbiggin lifeboat at 09.50am today after the 15 foot pleasure fishing boat 'Redemmed' made a call for assistance. Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was quickly launched with four volunteer crew on board and quickly located the drifting vessel off Cresswell. The vessel had earlier suffered engine starting problems and the offshore wind was thwarting attempts to make for the shore. With a tow attached the lifeboat headed to Cresswell for a short journey to the beach where the 'Redemmed' and her crew of two were passed into the care of the Newbiggin Coastguard team. Once the casualty vessel was safely recovered on the beach Newbiggin lifeboat left the beach and headed south back to their base.


Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 30th July 2017

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station are celebrating a successful afternoon of fundraising during which over £3000 was raised.

The afternoon saw a variety of stalls giving brisk trade to hundreds of supporters who had come along for this major event in Newbiggin's summer calendar. Stalls including souvenirs, tombola, home made cards, nearly new, bric a brac, raffle and home made cakes enjoyed a roaring trade with stock cleared out. Elsewhere in the main arena there was live music by Koast Radio 106.6FM along with a hook a duck and bouncy castle. The Ladies fundraising team also kept the visitor's appetite for home made cakes and refreshments going throughout the afternoon within the boathouse.

At sea Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat and kept the visitors entertained with rescue demonstrations in the Newbiggin Bay area.

With the afternoon concluding the various raffles and competition results were announced with all prizes claimed on the day. A full list of winning tickets and prizes is on display outside the lifeboat station.

Anne Main from the Newbiggin Ladies Lifeboat Fundraising Team commented ' on behalf of the volunteers at Newbiggin lifeboat station can I send out a big thank you to everyone who has made this local fundraising event sucha success today, it is greatly appreciated by us all.'

Another Broken Down Boat for Newbiggin

15th July 2017

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI's Newbiggin lifeboat at 09.45pm today after the 24 foot fishing boat 'Rodbender' made a call for assistance. Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was quickly launched with four volunteer crew on board and quickly located the drifting vessel off Church Point. With a tow attached the lifeboat headed south for a short journey to Blyth where the 'Rodbender' and her crew of three were passed into the care of the Blyth Coastguard team. The casualty vessel was towed by the lifeboat to the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club at Blyth and safely secured at the visitor's berth. Shortly afterwards Newbiggin lifeboat left the harbour and headed north back to their base.

Newbiggin Launches to Drifting Fishing Boat

2nd July 2017

Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat crew launched today after the crew aboard a fishing vessel called the UK Coastguard to report they needed assistance.

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI's Newbiggin lifeboat at 12.45pm today after the 21 foot Amble fishing boat 'Red Sunset' made a call for assistance. Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was quickly launched with four volunteer crew on board and soon located the drifting vessel east of Cresswell. Their engine overheat had disabled their only propulsion method and the fresh offshore breeze was quickly pushing them further out to sea. With a tow attached the lifeboat headed north to Amble where the 'Red Sunset' and her crew of three were passed into the care of the Amble Coastguard team. Newbiggin lifeboat then headed south back to their base.


Early Morning Lifeboat Call Out

On the early hours of Tuesday 18th October ( 4.25am) the lifeboat crew were woken from their sleep after a request from UK Coastguard for the launch of Newbiggin's Atlantic 85  lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' to assist a stranded fishing boat.

The casualty vessel 'SOLAN'  with three persons on board was  broken down 3 miles off Creswell but thankfully was in no immediate danger as it was a  reasonable calm morning.

The lifeboat was quickly alongside the casualty vessel where the four lifeboat volunteer crew managed secure a tow for the slow journey south. As the sun began to rise the lifeboat and the casualty arrived at Blyth harbour.

With a successful tow job done the lifeboat returned back to Newbiggin by 7.40am, just in time for everyone to head off for a day's work with the satisfaction of a job well done.

Newbiggin Lifeboat Day Success

On behalf of Newbiggin Lifeboat Station can I give a big thank you to everyone who made our Lifeboat Day such a success. This year over £2650 was raised - a fantastic result.
Despite mixed weather on the day the success of the event was due to the hard work of the volunteer team, the generosity of our many supporters and donors and everyone else who did their bit to help us in many ways. In addition the volunteer team ran a further event at the lifeboat station to coincide with the Newbiggin Maritime Tall Ships Fringe Festival where over £600 was raised over a very busy Bank Holiday Monday.
Once again thank you to everyone for your continued support.

Barbara Martin
President of the Newbiggin Ladies Lifeboat Guild

Wednesday 14th September 2016

                          Tuesday 13th September 2016

Lifeboat Crew Assist Injured Person on Promenade

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station were diverted from the start of a training exercise earlier in the week when they were advised about a gentleman lying on the promenade.

A number of the volunteers who are casualty care trained attended to the male a suspected dislocated shoulder as well as bleeding to a head wound. The crew administered the necessary care and treatment until an ambulance arrived and took the gentleman to the Accident and Emergency Centre at Cramlington.


Sunday 6th December 2015

Lifeboat Christmas Fair Success

The bad weather held off for the Newbiggin Lifeboat Christmas Fair on Sunday 22nd November, and people enjoyed a cold but sunny afternoon on the seafront. Hot drinks and cake all round, along with the tombola and bric-a-brac sale. Stormy Stan borrowed Santa's sleigh to pay us a visit as well. Many thanks to everyone who supported us that day, we raised £415.

Over Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th December the Newbiggin ladies Fundraising Team will be running a stall within the Newbiggin Maritime Centre where a large Christmas Fair is taking place..

The final fundraiser for December is the Boxing Day Dip on 26th December, registration before 10.30am ready for the Nippy Dippy at 11am. People raising funds for other charities are welcome to take part in our event. For more details contact 07802 155509.

Wednesday 18th November 2015


Two fishermen rescued off Northumberland Coast

Two fishermen whose boat sank off the Northumberland coast this morning have been rescued following a search operation involving four RNLI lifeboats. The alarm was raised by the crew of another fishing boat who spotted a man clinging to a lobster pot marker just before 9am today. They radioed for help after pulling him on board their vessel 'the Boy Liam'. Amble RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats were launched to search for the second fisherman and Newbiggin and Seahouses RNLI lifeboats were later requested to join the search. After about an hour the Amble RNLI inshore lifeboat crew spotted the man on the beach at Coquet Island which is about a mile off the Northumberland coast.They recovered him onto the lifeboat and he was airlifted to hospital by a Coastguard helicopter. Amble RNLI Coxwain, John Connell said its thought the man managed to swim the short distance to the island after his boat overturned and sank this morning. He added: "These are two extremely lucky fishermen. The water is very cold and they were in the water some time but they did what they could to look after themselves until help arrived. We always hope for a positive outcome but we are all very, very relieved that the two fishermen have been found and we wish them well for a speedy recovery following their ordeal."

Friday 28th August 2015

Newbiggin lifeboat was launched to assist an angling boat which was unable to make the shore due to propulsion issues.The call from Humber coastguard came in at around 1.40pm when a request for lifeboat assistance was made. Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach with four volunteer crew on board. On arriving at the casualty a tow was secured and the vessel with its two occupants was brought into the safety of the River Wansbeck moorings. With no further assistance required the lifeboat returned to station.


Monday 10th August 2015

Newbiggin's Second Call in 12 Hours

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station received a call earlier today to assist a local fishing coble. The call came in shortly before 8.00am when the Newbiggin coble 'Endeavour' requested assistance due to propulsion issues.
Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was soon underway with four volunteer crew on board and headed north to Snab Point. Once on scene and with shore support from Newbiggin coastguard the lifeboat stood by whilst the coble problems were resolved.
With no further assistance needed the lifeboat returned to station and the incident was closed.

Sunday 9th August 2015

Volunteers were called out by Humber Coastguard tonight after it was reported that a 17 foot speedboat with four persons on board was drifting out to sea. The call came in around 7.20pm after the vessel, which had launched earlier in the evening from Newbiggin Bay ,had suffered engine failure and was drifting out to sea due to a fresh offshore breeze. Newbiggin's Atlantic 85lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched shortly afterwards from the beach and with four volunteer crew on board headed south to locate the casualty vessel with Newbiggin Coastguard overseeing the rescue from the shore. After ashort time Newbiggin lifeboat located the drifting speedboat Maggie-May with four persons on board a mile out to sea from Cambois. After checking the safety of the four persons on board the lifeboat volunteers secured a tow and headed north back to Newbiggin.By 8.15pm the vessel was safely brought to the beach with further help from lifeboat crew and coastguards.