Pair are rescued in harbour by lifeboat crew

Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat during the rescue of two people in Cullercoats Bay.
Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat during the rescue of two people in Cullercoats Bay.

Two teenagers were rescued after getting into difficulty in Cullercoats Harbour.

Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat was called out at 6pm on Sunday after reports of people struggling in the water near the South Pier.

The lifeboat quickly reached the scene and found one of the teenagers had been thrown a life ring by his friends and had managed to get back to the pier. However, the second boy was struggling to make it back to safety due to the high water and two metre swell.

The volunteer crew helped the teenager into the lifeboat and took him back to the lifeboat house. On arrival, they performed a first-aid check which confirmed the boy was suffering from extreme effects of the cold and was hypothermic.

The crew warmed him up with blankets and heaters. He then took a hot shower. The second teenager was also checked over at the lifeboat station and warmed up.

Both the boys received another check-up, this time from paramedics, before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

Frank Taylor, lifeboat operations manager at Cullercoats RNLI, said: “Although visibility was good and it was quite sunny, the teenager was struggling in the rough water and swell near the South Pier.

“When our lifeboat reached him he was exhausted and barely had any strength left to carry on trying to swim. We were thankful that we were able to rescue him and bring him back to safety. I wish him and his friend a speedy recovery.

“I’d also like to thank local police, Coastguard teams and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who helped co-ordinate the rescue.”