Pensioners save windsurfer’s life in Blyth

The Lifeboat and crew with Blyth Coastguard Team and the windsurfer. Picture by John Tuttiett

The Lifeboat and crew with Blyth Coastguard Team and the windsurfer. Picture by John Tuttiett

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Two pensioners have saved the life of a windsurfer who got into trouble in the sea.

Molly Clark and Ann O’Hare, from Monkseaton, were out for a walk along Blyth promenade just before lunchtime today (Friday, March 6), when they spotted something unusual off shore.

Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team member Alan Armstrong with Molly and Ann. Picture by John Tuttiett

Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team member Alan Armstrong with Molly and Ann. Picture by John Tuttiett

“We saw this black dot on the horizon,” said Ann.

“We were not sure what it was at first we thought it was a bird, but when Molly looked through her binoculars she saw someone waving their arms, so we dialled 999 and asked for the coastguard.”

Humber Coastguard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre immediately paged Blyth lifeboat and the Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene and found a male sailboarder over half a mile offshore.

His sail had become detached from his board and he was lying on his board waving for help.

The man had been in the water in his perilous situation for more than an hour before he was spotted and he was being blown steadily out to sea by a strong off shore wind.

The lifeboat quickly recovered the man and his board to Blyth South beach where he was met by the waiting coastguard team. Although he was slightly hypothermic the man was otherwise unharmed and left the scene immediately.

A spokesman for the Coastguard team, said:“They did the right thing in dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard as a result the unfortunate gentleman was quickly rescued from his ordeal.”