Rescue – Thursday 3 March 2016

Redcar RNLI volunteers were tasked on Thursday 3 March 2016 when a car was found swamped on the beach. There were initial concerns that people may have been trapped inside the vehicle.

The alarm was raised at 12.40pm by a member of the public when they saw a Land Rover Freelander on the beach near the Granville Terrace slipway at Redcar. Water was reaching the top of the wheels and the car’s horn was sounding, raising concerns that people were stranded inside.

The car had been used by four men to launch a small speed boat from the beach.

The lifeboat launch was cancelled after one of the RNLI team went to the location and was able to confirm that nobody was trapped.

A Redcar fisherman used a tractor to pull the vehicle clear of the sea. He then assisted the men to recover their craft onto a trailer and pull it to safety.