Rescuers called to aid of man in difficulty in sea at Beadnell

Coastguard rescue teams were called after reports of a man struggling in the sea at Beadnell Bay.

Sunday, 30th April 2017, 13:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 18:08 pm
Kite surfers in action. Picture courtesy of Holy Island Coastguard.

Seahouses, Howick and Holy Island Coastguard teams were alerted by Humber Coastguard just after 1pm after multiple 999 calls reporting that a man was in difficulty in the water.

The Coastguard also requested the launch of both Seahouses lifeboats.

While the Coastguard units were heading to the spot and the lifeboats were being launched, a further report confirmed that the man had been helped from the water by a kite surfer.

He had ingested a quantity of sea water and Coastguard officers provided medical assistance until an ambulance arrived.

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A Seahouses RNLI spokesman said there was a gusty, force four to five east-south-east wind at the time, with choppy, unpleasant sea conditions.

He said it is believed the man may have been swimming, although this has not been confirmed.

The lifeboats were returned to station and were ready for service again 35 minutes later.