Volunteer rescuers had a busy Friday night after being called out four times in three hours.
Crew from Blyth RNLI lifeboat were first called out at 6.30pm on Friday, June 20, after reports of four female teenagers in difficulty in the water at Blyth beach.
When the crew arrived they found the four had made their way out of the water.
Just after 7pm, the crew were called to Seaton Sluice after reports of a 14-year-old in the water and being dragged out to sea approximately 200 metres off the beach.
The crew spotted the teenager with his head barely above the water and were able to pull him into the lifeboat and give him oxygen, taking him to a waiting ambulance at Blyth beach.
Thanking the crew, he said: “I’d had enough and was about to just give up when you showed up and pulled me out.”
Blyth lifeboat operations manager John Scott said: “If the crew hadn’t already been out in the harbour, it would have taken up to ten minutes to launch and judging from his own remarks I don’t think he had another ten minutes in him. The actions of the 999 caller and their ability to remain calm and guide the lifeboat in contributed to the successful outcome.”
The lifeboat was called out at 9pm after reports of an unconscious female on Blyth beach but were stood down when it was confirmed she did not require any medical attention.
The crew was called out at 9.25pm after reports of two teenagers in the sea at Blyth beach but although they were out of the water, the lifeboat stayed on scene as a large group of teenagers were acting in an unsafe manner and entering the water.