Lifeboat crew honoured for bravery and skill

TWO lifeboat crew members have been honoured for their bravery while rescuing a teenager injured at Tynemouth last summer.

Cullercoats lifeboat crew members Grahame Wood and Ross Dunn have won one of the Royal National Life boat Institution’s top awards.

Two of their colleagues have also received commendations for their part in the rescue below the cliffs at Tynemouth Castle in June.

Grahame, 38, a school technician, and Ross, 21, a student at Newcastle University, have been awarded the RNLI’s exceptional first aid certificate.

This is only the seventh time it has been handed out since being introduced in 2004.

And fellow crew members Robert Oliver and Tom Carr have both been sent letters by RNLI chief executive Paul Boissier commending them for the roles they played in the rescue.

They were called out at 2.10am on June 15 to join the police and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade in searching for a teenager reported missing near Tynemouth Priory.

Robert spotted the teenager lying face down in a pool of water at the bottom of the cliffs below the priory with waves breaking around him.

Grahame and Ross then swam to shore, got the 17-year-old out of the pool of water and began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

The casualty was later airlifted to hospital.

The RNLI crew has been praised for the high quality of its care for the casualty and excellent teamwork and seamanship.

Cullercoats lifeboat operations manager Frank Taylor said: “We are delighted that the efforts of the crew have been recognised by the RNLI in this manner.

“The successful outcome of this rescue is a direct result of their dedication and training. Congratulations to all concerned.”