Latest Rescue – 20 July 2015

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The Redcar RNLI lifeboat was launched on Monday 20 July 2015 after the three-man crew of a 23ft fishing boat sent out a call for help when their engine broke down approximately one and a half miles east of the South Gare lighthouse.

The lifeboat launched just before 5.30am and towed the disabled craft to Paddy’s Hole in the River Tees.

Latest rescues – 15 July 2015


The Redcar RNLI lifeboat was launched on Wednesday 15 July 2015 after a small leisure boat was swamped in the surf off Redcar.

The emergency call came just after 2.30pm when a 12ft cabin cruiser, which had been bought the previous day, was struck by waves in the surf line while being launched from the beach near the Majuba car park.

The Redcar RNLI lifeboat Leicester Challenge III was launched with a salvage pump and when the lifeboat arrived the crew found that the two men from the stricken craft had managed to get ashore unaided.

The lifeboat crew was able to pump the boat free of water so that it could be put back onto its trailer.

The Tooltrak launching vehicle was brought from the lifeboat station and, with the assistance of coastguard officers, the craft was pulled clear of the high water line.

There were no injuries.

Later in the afternoon the lifeboat was launched at 5.15pm to go to the assistance of a 28ft fishing boat, broken down one and a half miles north of Saltburn.

The lifeboat rigged a tow and proceeded towards the disabled boat’s home port of Hartlepool until the Hartlepool all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene and took over the tow.

Latest rescue – Monday 13 July 2015

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At 4.08pm on Monday 13 July 2015 the Redcar RNLI lifeboat Leicester Challenge III was launched to assist other emergency services dealing with an incident involving a distressed male on the Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough.

The lifeboat was stood down at 5.04pm after the incident was brought to a successful conclusion.

Lifeboat Day nets £3000

Redcar’s annual lifeboat day has netted over £3,000 for the town’s RNLI volunteers.

2015_07_11_03Centrepiece during the day was the unusual sight of both the Redcar RNLI lifeboats being on show in the main High Street, where members of the public were able to see the craft up-close and chat to the crew about their lifesaving work.

Ian Readman, Chairman of the Redcar RNLI branch, said: ‘I’d like to genuinely thank everyone who made a donation towards the work our brave crews do, day in and day out.

‘There are a lot of charities vying for the same money and I’m always astounded at the generosity people show towards the RNLI.

2015_07_11_01‘Our volunteer crews at Redcar have had a busy few days with a rescue at the cliffs at Saltburn, and dealing with a tricky rescue of a man who capsized an inflatable craft in the surf.

‘But despite that they turned out for lifeboat day and, together with the Lifeboat Ladies Guild, were in the High Street for hours collecting funds.’

The RNLI is a charity and depends almost entirely on donations from the public and legacies. Lifeboat Days have been an important part of the RNLI’s fundraising efforts since the very first Flag Day was held in Stockport in 1891. There is more information on how to raise funds for the RNLI on their website at

2015_07_11_02The RNLI has launched its Respect The Water campaign, aimed at halving the number of coastal drownings by 2024. More information on this campaign can be found at

How are you supporting Redcar RNLI on this Saturday’s Lifeboat Day?

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Helm Dave Scott is taking on the iconic 40+ miles of the Lyke Wake Race as part of his training for the Hardmoors 60 in September.

 You can follow his progress from 07.15 Saturday by clicking here
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Or simply stroll down Redcar High Street on Saturday and donate to Redcar Lifeboat Day! Simples!

Latest Rescue – Monday 6 July 2015

D677_at_saltburn_3Two men were rescued from the base of Huntcliff, Saltburn, by RNLI lifeboats on Monday 6 July 2015 after they got cut-off by the tide during an evening walk – but only after a friend searched the internet for the telephone number for the emergency services.

The two Polish men, both in their 20s and living in Middlesbrough, were trapped with a third Polish man after walking from Saltburn to Skinningrove along the cliff top and then attempting to return to Saltburn along the bottom of the cliffs.

After they realised they were stranded, and uncertain how to raise the emergency services, they contacted a friend by mobile telephone who then had to search the internet to see how to raise the alarm. Meanwhile the third man in the party managed to make his way back to Saltburn by wading through the sea. He then telephoned the police.

The two RNLI lifeboats from Redcar were launched just before 10.30pm. Following a short search, and with the assistance of the police helicopter and coastguard officers, the two stranded men were found between the point of Huntcliff and the Ship Inn in Saltburn.

They were picked up by the Redcar inshore lifeboat before being transferred to the larger lifeboat and taken to the lifeboat station.

There they were checked for injuries before being allowed home.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said: ‘This was a typical incident for us at Huntcliff. If people don’t check the tide times it’s all too easy to become trapped.

‘What made it a bit different was the fact that the men weren’t from the UK and they didn’t know the 999 system for calling the emergency services.

‘It’s very fortunate that the friend they called was able to raise the alarm for them, albeit by first looking-up on the internet how to do that.’

Latest Rescue – Saturday 4 July 2015

2015-07-04 23.32.34A man was taken to hospital after being rescued by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at Redcar when a trip out in a supermarket-bought inflatable boat nearly ended in tragedy on Saturday 4 July 2015.

He had set out from the South Gare before being carried by the wind and tide towards the Teesside Wind Farm, and then towards the beach in Coatham Bay.

A member of the Redcar RNLI crew had to pull the man from surf when his kayak capsized close inshore, approximately half a mile from the Majuba car park.

The 35-year-old man from Middlesbrough had bought the inflatable kayak from a discount supermarket for less than £40, intending to go fishing with it.

He was spotted struggling to make headway by a member of the public, who contacted UK Coastguard when they became concerned for the man’s wellbeing.

Two RNLI lifeboats from Redcar launched at 5.15pm and began searching between Redcar and the South Gare.

When the man was rescued he was found to be extremely cold and became unwell. He was transferred to the Redcar lifeboat station, and given emergency care until ambulance crews arrived.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by ambulance for treatment for hypothermia.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said: ‘This could so nearly have ended as another tragedy at sea. While the craft may have been very inexpensive it could have cost the man his life.


‘These boats are currently on sale in some of the low-cost supermarkets, and while at first glance they might seem to be a bargain, we would urge people to think very carefully before buying one.

‘The North Sea is a dangerous place, even when the weather is as fine as we have seen in the past few days. The man was thrown into very cold water, very close to the shore. He was only wearing a tee-shirt and shorts and didn’t have a lifejacket on.

‘At one point his body temperature was measured at less than 34 degrees. He was suffering from hypothermia and was becoming very weak. If he’d got into difficulties and hadn’t been found he may not have been able to save himself.

‘I’d like to thank the member of the public who raised the alarm and then for guiding the lifeboats towards the man. They played an important part in saving the man’s life.’

The RNLI issues standard safety advice to anyone planning to go to sea in a craft. The advice is to always wear a lifejacket, have a proper means of raising the alarm, such as flares or a VHF radio, tell someone when you plan to leave and return, and make sure the craft is seaworthy and the weather and tides are suitable.


The RNLI have a Respect The Water campaign, and more information can be found at

Latest Rescue

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The Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Leicester Challenge III launched ay 13:42 on Friday 3 July 2015 after UK Coastguard received a report of a 35ft fishing boat drifting in the River Tees after it lost it’s rudder.

The drifting boat, with three people on board, was taken under tow to Paddy’s Hole in the River Tees.

Honour for dedicated Redcar RNLI volunteer


Dave Holgate (left) receives his award from Charles Hunter-Pease, Chairman of the RNLI

A Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer from Redcar was one of more than 50 dedicated supporters of the lifesaving charity honoured at its regional awards ceremony at York Racecourse on Sunday (28 June).

Dave Holgate, a member of the Redcar lifeboat station, was awarded a bar to his Gold Medal. He has been volunteering for the RNLI since 1984 as a deputy launching authority, playing a vital role in approving the launch of lifeboats at Redcar.

The awards were presented by RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease, who praised the dedication and commitment of the charity’s volunteers and told the awardees the ceremony was ‘a celebration of the difference that you have all made to the lives of others.’

He added: ‘At our 33 lifeboat stations here in the north of England, our volunteers launched over 1,000 times in 2014, while our lifeguards helped over 2,300 people.

It all adds up to an extraordinary achievement for our lifesavers – and a life-changing moment for every single person they brought to safety.

‘Meanwhile our fundraisers in the UK and Ireland made a massive contribution of their own – £58 million in fundraised voluntary income last year. Our incredibly supportive donors parted with their own money to support and save people they will probably never meet. And our dedicated volunteers gave up their time to raise awareness, raise funds and head to the rescue.’

Dave Holgate said: ‘I was absolutely thrilled to receive the bar to my RNLI Gold Badge at the ceremony in York and had a wonderful day. It was a great honour, although like all RNLI volunteers I don’t expect recognition or awards for the fundraising work I do. It’s been a privilege to be part of the team at Redcar lifeboat station.’

At the ceremony, Hannah Brankling, RNLI Area Manager, said: ‘David has provided invaluable support and, on occasion, guidance to a number of station honorary secretaries and lifeboat operations managers in his long period of volunteering at Redcar lifeboat station.

‘His professional maritime background, excellent local knowledge and no-nonsense approach has been a huge asset to Redcar lifeboat station, ever ready to offer advice he is held in high regard by the volunteer crew and station officials.’

Latest Rescue

16:08 Saturday 20 June 2015


Redcar RNLI rescue jetski rider

The maiden voyage of a newly-purchased personal water craft (PWC) ended with its rider being rescued by the Redcar RNLI lifeboat on Saturday 20 June 2015.

The rider, a man from the South Bank area near Middlebrough, was taking the PWC – commonly known as a jetski – for its first outing when it capsized near the Teesside Wind Farm, off Redcar. Seawater entered the engine and electrics, disabling the craft.

The rider then drifted for nearly two hours without any means of raising the alarm, before a member of the public dialled 999 to UK Coastguard.

The lifeboat launched at around 4.15pm and found the man 10 minutes later. He was taken aboard the lifeboat and was brought back to Redcar with his craft being towed behind the lifeboat.

Dave Cocks from Redcar RNLI said: ‘The rider was taking the craft out for the first time after buying it 24 hours earlier.

‘Unfortunately he capsized near the windfarm, and while trying to right the craft water got into the engine. He didn’t have a VHF radio or flares, or even a mobile phone with him to raise the alarm.

‘He told the lifeboat crew he’d been drifting for nearly two hours. Fortunately a member of the public saw him as he drifted closer and closer to the South Gare and called UK Coastguard.

‘He later told coastguard officers that he’d taken in a bit of water during his mishap so he was given appropriate medical advice.’

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