Rescue – Sunday 1 May 2016

A routine training exercise for the Redcar RNLI lifeboats was interrupted on Sunday 1 May 2016 after two fishing boat tractors were reported stranded on the beach with the tide rapidly coming in.

UK Coastguard received a 999 call from men who were using a tractor to tow a second, broken-down tractor from Redcar to Marske for repairs. As they attempted to drive over the timber groynes on the beach near the Stray Cafe the towing tractor became lodged with its front wheels over a timber groyne.

Unable to move the tractor, the driver abandoned the stranded machine and called for help.

tractors3Volunteers from the RNLI lifeboat station travelled the short distance by lifeboat while the station’s launching vehicle was driven to the scene. When the teams arrived they were quickly able to tow the broken-down tractor to a place of safety above the high water mark, and then release the trapped tractor from the groyne and tow that to safety.

One of the men involved in the incident later wrote on the Redcar RNLI Facebook page: ‘Was towing the tractor to marske but couldn’t get round groin so decide to go through bad decision but the big boys sorted it thank you very much will be calling in to put into box keep up the good work’.