Sunday 17 October 2021

Newbiggin Generous Donation


Following the sad recent death and funeral of John 'Major' Adams, friends and family raised money to provide a memorial bench seat, which will be installed on Newbiggin promenade as well as a donation to Newbiggin RNLI.
Today, a generous cheque for £420 was presented by his friends outside the Cresswell Arms where John was a regular visitor to volunteers from the station.
Newbiggin RNLI are very grateful to John's friends and family.



Another new helm for Newbiggin

Lifeboats News Release

Marc Kelly tonight was signed off as a new helmsman for the lifeboat at Newbiggin.

Congratulations to Marc on his success following an intensive period of training at Newbiggin with a rigorous assessment to move the training forward. Marc aged 41 who works as a Casualty Care Trainer for the RNLI, has been part of the station team for over seven years and has regularly given up his spare time not only for his own progression but in his station trainer role to develop other volunteers.

Throughout the period on station Marc has been supported by the rest of the volunteer team as he has progressed. The training has also had Matt Blanchard Assessor Trainer (Lifeboats) on station to support the learning and practical processes for this pivotal role. Marc has also attended the Lifeboat College at Poole for further practical training on a variety of subjects.



Four legged supporters are back

Lifeboats News Release

Members of the Bedlington Terrier North East group and their terriers were welcomed at a recent visit to Newbiggin lifeboat station.

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Newbiggin's Fundraising Team organised refreshments at the lifeboat station and thanks to the generosity of all those visiting on the day over £300 was raised.

The famous Bedlington Terrier is the focus of this group who are based in Northumberland but have a membership across the region and beyond. Their visit to Newbiggin enables the terrier owners and others to get together for a formalised beach walk with a large group of this unique breed enjoying the fresh sea air.

This is their first walk for Newbiggin RNLI since 2019 enjoying the fresh sea air and refreshments afterwards thanks to the fundraisers here.



Monday 6th September 2021

Lifeboat launches to drifting fishing coble


Volunteers were called out today after a coble had broken down whilst undertaking fishing operations.

The call came in around 10.00am from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a fishing coble drifting and requesting immediate assistance.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat the lifeboat secured a tow and brought the vessel south to its home port at Newbiggin.


Tuesday 31st August 2021

Persons in the water 


The call came in around 3.50pm from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of persons in the water off Cresswell and in difficulty.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. Once on scene it was ascertained that the group had come out of the sea and with no further action was needed the lifeboat returned to station.

Throughout the incident the teams from Newbiggin and Amble Coastguards provided coordination from the shore and they checked the casualties on the beach where safety advice was also given.

Wednesday 25 August 2021


Newbiggin rapid response to swimmer

The Wednesday evening training exercise had just completed with the lifeboat team about to recover with the shore crew when an urgent request for lifeboat assistance was received.

The call came in from UK Coastguard Humber Operation Centre with reports of one person well off the shore in the Cambois Bay in difficulty. 

Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' headed at full speed south to the search area and arrived at Cambois Bay shortly afterwards to find the casualty in a very onerous location. They were brought onto the safety of the lifeboat then given immediate casualty care whilst the lifeboat headed back to station. On arrival the casualty was handed over to a team from the North East Ambulance Service where further casualty care was administered.

Throughout the incident on scene support was given by the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Newbiggin and Blyth which assisted in a successful outcome for this incident.



RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email jim_rice@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.


Newbiggin called to persons in the water


Monday 23 August 2021

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station were called out today following reports of a persons in difficulty.


The call came in from UK Coastguard Humber Operation Centre with reports of two persons well off the shore in the Sandy Bay area who requested immediate lifeboat assistance.

Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach shortly afterwards with four volunteer crew on board. The lifeboat headed at full speed south to the search area and arrived at Sandy Bay shortly afterwards to find the persons on an inflatable. They were brought onto the safety of the lifeboat then transferred to the beach and checked over. Throughout the incident on scene support was given by the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Amble and Blyth.

Newbiggin lifeboat then returned to station and the incident was closed.


Sunday 22nd August 2021

Lifeboat launched to reported persons cut off by the tide.

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station responded to a call to persons cut off by the tide today.

The call came in around 1.30pm from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of persons in the water off Cresswell and cut off by the tide.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat navigated past shallow rocks to ensure there was nobody in danger. One of the crew was landed on the beach to check those who had been in difficulty but with no immediate first aid needed the lifeboat returned to station.

Throughout the incident the teams from Newbiggin and Amble Coastguards provided coordination from the shore and they checked the casualties on the beach where safety advice was also given.



Passing of Newbiggin Lifeboat Chairman

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our Lifeboat Chairman and former Lifeboat Operations Manager Stan Green. Stan gave many years of voluntary service to our station here overseeing the operation of the last offshore lifeboat Mary Joicey then onto the transition and operation of the current inshore lifeboat as well as supporting throughout the fundraising.

We are so grateful for all you have done and pass on our sympathies to Stan's family. 

August 4th, 2021.




Newbiggin lifeboat day 2021

Early results are showing the event raised over £3,000 with further money coming in.

After a week of cooler temperatures the afternoon had settled weather. Once again the boatpark had 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 the local enthusiastic Rock Choir along with Koast Radio. The Ladies fundraising team also kept the visitor's appetite for home made cakes and refreshments going throughout the afternoon. Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team along with the motorbike group provided other displays around the boathouse 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 Chair of 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 such a huge success today after a two year break, it is greatly appreciated by us all.'


Newbiggin lifeboat gets a new helm

Lifeboats News Release

Stuart Chirnside-Ferrier has just qualified as a new helm on the station.


Congratulations to Stuart on his success following an intensive period of training at Newbiggin with a rigorous assessment to move the training forward. Stuart aged 38 works in his day job as Quantity Surveyor/Company director, has been part of the station team for nearly four years and has regularly given up his spare time not only for his own progression but in his station trainer role to develop other volunteers.



Throughout the period on station Stuart has been supported by the rest of the volunteer team as he has progressed. The training has also had Matt Blanchland Assessor Trainer (Lifeboats) on station to support the learning and practical processes for this pivotal role. Stuart has also attended the Lifeboat College at Poole for further practical training on a variety of subjects.



Speaking after his training evening Stuart said 'the last few months have been intense, but worth it to support our station and provide them another Helm not only command the boat on shouts but help coach new crew on their own journeys. The lifeboat is my passion and we are lucky to be surrounded by other passionate people keeping not only our station but also this great service going'.

Lifeboat Day 2021

Preparations for this year's lifeboat day are well in hand by the volunteer team.

Newbiggin's Blessing of the Lifeboat service this Sunday 25th July 2021 signals the countdown to next weekend's lifeboat day on Sunday 1st August 2021.


The very popular 'Blessing' will took place in the lifeboat station at the station today with the service undertaken by Newbiggin lifeboat Chaplain. The lifeboat blessing is an established tradition in the lifeboat calendar here with the service very much as a preamble to next weekend's Lifeboat Day.

The following Sunday 1st August 2021 sees Newbiggin Lifeboat Day getting underway at 1.30pm with a variety of stalls and attractions in and around the lifeboat station. There will be displays and demonstrations undertaken by the lifeboat subject to operational demands throughout the afternoon.

For those wishing to enjoy a selection of home made cakes and scones outside the boathouse with the serving of hot and cold drinks. Stalls include tombola, souvenirs, raffles,bric a brac and lots of other entertainment on the day.

Please come along and give us your support for our major fundraising day. There is ample free parking at Church Point next to Newbiggin Maritime Centre and this promises to be a busy day for our coastal community with a variety of events taking place.





Newbiggin Lifeboat Launched for unknown floating object

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Newbiggin RNLI responded to a call to a search in the Cambois Bay area.

The call came in around 4.00pm today from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of a drifting object near to the beach at Cambois. The report had been made after the item was seen drifting out to sea during a very busy day on the coastline.


Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed south to the reported position. Once on scene the lifeboat located the item which was found to be a fishing float.

With no further reports or concerns the lifeboat returned to station.

Thursday 3rd June 2021 

Launch Vehicle Training

Over two day the volunteer team of Mark, Lewis, Dave and Steve were put through their paces with both practical and theory exercises as part of their volunteer operational training and development. Mark Perry RNLI Machinery Trainer led the training over the two day period on Newbiggin's beach.


Tuesday 25th May 2021

Newbiggin lifeboat assists drifting pleasure boat.

On Tuesday 25 May, Newbiggin RNLI recovered a stranded pleasure boat after the vessel suffered engine failure.

The call came in around 3.30pm today from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of a stranded 10m fishing boat off the village of Cresswell. The occupants of the vessel had been unable to get the vessel underway and made a call for assistance.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat towed the vessel south to Blyth and then it was secured at the quay.

Once in the harbour area a team from Blyth Coastguard provided valuable assistance in the port operations, taking care of the casualty and offering safety advice.


Saturday 15th May 2021

Early call for lifeboat volunteers

Newbiggin and Blyth volunteers were called out to support a shore search earlier today.

The call came in around 03.20 from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who requested the lifeboat launch to the River Wansbeck and Sandy Bay area.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed south to begin a search of the area. Blyth's Atlantic 75 B class lifeboat Sure and Steadfast was also tasked to the search to support Newbiggin and Blyth coastguard teams along with officers from Northumbria Police.

After an hour of the operation the incident was closed and all units were released.


Thursday 18th March 2021

Newbiggin Lifeboat Station 170 years old

Newbiggin Lifeboat Station will be remembering that 170 years ago a rescue took place with a group of local fishermen led by Philip Jefferson that was in fact the catalyst for the establishment of a lifeboat station at Newbiggin by the Sea.

Philip Jefferson was the first coxswain of the Newbiggin Lifeboat Station, a volunteer just like the current volunteers who was happy to respond to a call for help anytime of the day of night, with only the basics of rescue resources.

Philip's role from the very distant past still shines in local folklore as he is the most decorated Coxswain at Newbiggin receiving two medals. More importantly he was the person who actually began the lifeboat service 170 years ago at Newbiggin as a result of his bravery along with four other fishermen.

On the 18th day of March 1851 in an open coble they had clawed their way back to the safety of the bay in a storm but on hearing about the plight of other local fishermen, put back out to sea in the coble risking their own lives but saving as a result some ten lives.

This act of courage was recognised by the RNLI and their President the Duke of Northumberland who provided a lifeboat and a boathouse for Newbiggin the following year. Incidentally the original 1851 boathouse that is the RNLI's oldest operational building is still part of Newbiggin's heritage frontage.

Philip also was one of a handful of crew and boys who attempted to rescue the crew of the wrecked Norwegian barque Embla in a storm early in 1854. During the rescue attempt the lifeboat was smashed about on the rocks sustaining damage to the hull and oars with the rescue failing as a result. The Embla crew all perished and they are buried at the east end of Woodhorn Church. The determination of Philip to help these poor souls despite failure was recognised by the RNLI with a bar to his medal.

Philip continued with service to the RNLI into the 1890s being credited with 30 years as Lifeboat Coxswain and he is even recorded as crewing the lifeboat when he was in his 70th year – the charity’s age limit for operational crew did not apply in those days.

Richard Martin from Newbiggin Lifeboat Station added: ‘This is a fantastic story of this local hero from our local history.  Philip Jefferson was known as 'Big Philip' named as such as he used all of his strength on the lifeboat oars to get the lifeboat out to rescue and get back home safely. He always was there for the call and never turned back when conditions were beyond the limits.

‘Technology has certainly moved on over the last 170 years with the modern Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon providing a fast and nimble rescue platform incorporating modern technology with radio communications, direction finder, chart plotter and radar. What hasn't changed is the dedication of our volunteer team, always ready to help others in difficulty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 170 years lifeboats and technology have changed but the spirit of ‘Big Philip’ lives on in our dedicated sea rescue volunteers, helping others without hesitation.’




Sunday 6th December 2020

Newbiggin Lifeboat Launches to person in the water

The call came in around 4.25pm from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of a swimmer in the water off Cresswell in the darkness.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat stood by whilst the Coastguard teams dealt with the casualty. The casualty was checked over then transferred by the Ambulance Service to hospital.

Throughout the incident teams from Newbiggin and Amble Coastguard provided coordination and assistance on the shore.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email jim_rice@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789






Saturday 12th September 2020

Newbiggin lifeboat rescues person in the water


On Saturday 12 September, Newbiggin RNLI rescued one person from the water who was unable to reach the shore.

The call came in around 12.50pm from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of a person in the water off Cresswell with a fresh offshore wind blowing.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat navigated past shallow rocks to rescue the paddle boarder who had been unable to get back out of the sea. The casualty was checked over but with no immediate first aid needed they were taken for a short passage back onto the beach.

Throughout the incident a team from Newbiggin Coastguard provided coordination from the shore and they received the casualty on the beach where safety advice was given.



Wednesday 12th August 2020

Newbiggin's Four Legged Supporters Generous Donation

Members of the Bedlington Terriers North East Group once again have chosen Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station for a charitable donation from their fundraising activities. The group recently held an online auction to raise money for local charities with Newbiggin RNLI chosen as one of the beneficiaries. Today we welcomed Brenda and Denise along with their Bedlington terriers  where they presented a cheque for £1,000 to the lifeboat.

The famous Bedlington Terrier is the focus of this group who are based in Northumberland but have a membership across the region and beyond. Their members and their terriers regularly visit Newbiggin by the Sea for walks and at the same time allow this unique breed to enjoy the fresh sea air.






Friday August 7th 2020

Newbiggin lifeboat called to person in the water

On Friday 7th August, Newbiggin RNLI received an immediate launch request for a person in the water.

The call came in early afternoon today from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of a person in the sea at Cresswell who needed urgent lifeboat assistance. The person was reported to be in the sea at the south end of Druridge Bay , Cresswell near to the Carr rocks

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. On route to the incident further details were received that the casualty was out of the sea. The lifeboat however continued to Cresswell to ensure there were no other persons in the area. 

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Newbiggin, Blyth and Amble were also tasked to the incident to give support.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email jim_rice@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.




Newbiggin lifeboat rescues stranded fishing boat with safe recovery

On Thursday 30 July, Newbiggin RNLI recovered a stranded fishing boat after the vessel suffered steering failure.

The call came in around noon today from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of a stranded 8m fishing boat at the River Wansbeck estuary. The two occupants of the vessel had climbed out of the vessel and were on the beach nearby.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed south to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat towed the vessel off the beach and then it was brought to a mooring in the river.

Throughout the incident a team from Newbiggin Coastguard provided coordination from the shore as well as providing valuable assistance in the refloating operation. They received the casualty at the river mooring where safety advice was given.

Today’s call is the third one so far this month with earlier calls to overdue persons.

ENDS

 

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email jim_rice@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.


Newbiggin Evening Call Out

4th July 2020

Volunteers were paged tonight at Newbiggin but the call was cancelled before the lifeboat was launched.


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Newbiggin Lifeboat Rescues Jet Ski


 Newbiggin RNLI rescue one person after their jet ski broke down this afternoon (Saturday 27th June 2020) out from the bay area.


The call came in around 15.30 hours from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre today who had received a report of a broken down jet ski off Newbiggin bay. A passing fishing boat 'Blue Thunder' gave initial assistance whilst the lifeboat prepared to launch. Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' with three volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed out to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat took the jet ski in tow and the casualty was brought onto the lifeboat for a short passage back onto the beach.

Throughout the incident a team from Newbiggin coastguard provided coordination from the shore and they received the casualty on the beach where safety advice was given. 

ENDS 

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email jim_rice@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.





Newbiggin Lifeboat Launched for search operation

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Newbiggin RNLI responded to a call to assist in a sea search in the Newbiggin Bay area.

The volunteer team were called out just before midnight to assist with a search involving coastguard teams from Newbiggin and Blyth as well as officers from Northumbria Police.

The deployment of the search resources had to follow the strict guidelines of the current virus control measures during the whole duration of the incident. With the search completed the lifeboat returned to station in the early hours.

ENDS 



STATION NOTICE - Our lifeboat station remains operational but will not be open to visitors Due to the developing coronavirus situation and in order to protect our supporters, staff and volunteers, we are now CLOSED until further notice. Our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in danger at sea but we are taking this step because it is our priority to ensure the safety of our teams and ensure we can continue to run our lifesaving service. We hope to re-open soon but in the meantime, we would appreciate your continued support.





Sunday 8th March 2020


Newbiggin Volunteer Celebrates International Women's Day


A new crew member at Newbiggin had their first sea training on International Women's Day.


 Jess Harvey, one of the volunteers at Newbiggin, was at sea for the first time today which coincided with this special international day. Jess already has sea experience in her employment with Carnival Cruises where she is part of the Youth Staff team.

Jess in commenting on her sea training today said 'I really appreciate the support and learning opportunities available to me at Newbiggin lifeboat station. Today was my first training exercise at sea and it was enjoyable working with other volunteers on station.'

Whilst Jess is part of the operational team we also have a valuable group of ladies in our fundraising team who play an equally important role in raising funds for the vital sea rescue operation.

For generations, women have launched lifeboats, heaved people out of the water and fundraised millions to help keep the charity afloat. Women have played a hands-on role in lifesaving since the RNLI was formed in 1824.

Twenty-two women have been awarded Medals for Gallantry by the RNLI. Nineteen of these medals were presented in the 19th century, awarded to women who rescued or helped to rescue those in peril on the sea.

One of those women is Grace Darling, from the Victorian era. In 1838, she risked her life rowing to rescue the stranded survivors of the wrecked steamship Forfarshire. She was the first woman to be awarded an RNLI medal.

Other lifesaving heroes are less well known. Like May Stout Hectorson Moar, who saved two men who had capsized in a boat off the Shetland Islands in 1858. She attached a rope to herself and climbed down a cliff to throw a lifebuoy to the men. May hauled them through the surf, safely to the shore.

And then there’s the seriously impressive Margaret Armstrong who helped at every single launch of Cresswell lifeboat, saving lives for 50 years – until her death in 1928. You can learn about these women and others like them in Sue Hennessy’s book, Hidden Depths.

At Newbiggin our women have a special place in history with our women lifeboat launchers been the most decorated in lifeboat history receiving a vellum award in 1927 and again in 1940 for their meritorious service during difficult rescues.

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Sunday 5th January 2020


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.