Rescue – Friday 28 September 2018

Two men had a lucky escape when their rigid inflatable boat capsized in surf near the South Gare, Redcar on Friday 28 September 2018.

The pair were thrown into the sea and had to swim to the shore for safety. This craft was washed onto rocks close to the lighthouse at the entrance to the River Tees.

Both RNLI lifeboats from Redcar and a coastguard rescue team were tasked just after 11.30am after the men were seen waving for help.

When the lifeboat arrived the crews found the men were in the care of the coastguard team and were safe and well.

The lifeboats then stood by until the rising tide allowed the smaller inshore lifeboat to tow the craft off the rocks. It was then towed into the Tees where the RNLI crews were able to get it onto its trailer.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said: ‘I think the two men realise they were extremely lucky. Neither were wearing lifejackets. On another day they wouldn’t have been able to get back to shore.

Dave Cocks added: ‘The effects of cold water shock could easily have taken hold and we could now be talking about fatalities.

‘In a strange twist of fate the owner of the boat has asked for a visit by our sea safety adviser who will be giving our Advice Onboard check. This is our free, independent advice which gives boat owners practical suggestions about how to improve the safety of the boat and its equipment.’

To arrange a visit, go to rnli.org/safety.