Reminder to call coastguard in sea emergencies

Newbiggin Lifeboat helps brings ashore the speedboat which suffered engine failure. Picture by John Tuttiett.
Newbiggin Lifeboat helps brings ashore the speedboat which suffered engine failure. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Boat users are being reminded to contact the coastguard should they get into difficulty out at sea.

The reminder comes after a 16ft speedboat, with one man and three women on board, suffered engine problems one-and-a-half miles off Newbiggin at 7.20pm on Sunday, August 9, and was drifting out to sea.

After ringing 999 from a mobile phone, the people on board spoke to the police, who then informed the coastguard, who called out Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat and Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue team.

The lifeboat ‘Richard Wake Burdon’ was quickly on scene and towed the boat – called ‘Maggie May’ – back to shore, where the occupants were checked over and given safety advice.

A spokesman for Humber Coastguard Marine Operations Centre said: “If anyone has a maritime problem and they dial 999, they should always ask for the Coastguard, not one of the other emergency services as valuable time can be lost getting the correct resources to them.”

The lifeboat volunteers were further called out the following morning (Monday, August 10) when a local fishing boat, ‘The Endavour’, which was hauling lobster pots off Creswell, suffered problems when its propeller became entangled.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene and made stayed by the boat whilst the crew untangled the rope from the propeller. After checking everything was in order, the lifeboat crew returned to station and left the fishermen to continue their work.