Teenager rescued in rough seas

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A teenager who had got into difficulty in the sea at Browns Bay in Whitley Bay, was rescued by RNLI at the weekend.

Just after 5.3opm on Saturday, September 7, Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called to help the 13-year-old boy who was floundering in the water and had got into difficulty.

Casualty helped in water by volunteer crew member

Casualty helped in water by volunteer crew member

The tide was at its highest and a large sea swell he was unable to get back to the rocks nearby.

A surfer who was walking nearby was alerted to the boy’s danger and was able to reach the boy with his surfboard and maintain his position in the area of the water.

Once at the scene one of the crew jumped into the sea and was able to get to the casualty, and with the help of his fellow volunteer crew members he was able to get the boy on-board the lifeboat with the aid of a safety rope.

Frank Taylor, operations manager at Cullercoats RNLI, said: “Routine water activity becomes very dangerous with spring tides and ground swell.

“This boy is lucky to have been rescued.”