Airbeds not for the sea

Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon'.
Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon'.

Lifesavers are warning about the dangers of inflatable dinghies after a rescue at the weekend.

Volunteers at Newbiggin Lifeboat Station were called out on Saturday afternoon after reports of two people in difficulty in the sea off Cambois and clinging to an inflatable.

Newbiggin’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon was quickly on scene and located an inflatable with one person on board, but they did not require any assistance.

A second inflatable was found further south but volunteer crew member Michael Brown found that the two youths were safely ashore after being in difficulties.

Richard Martin, of Newbiggin Lifeboat Station, said: “Inflatables and airbeds are great fun in swimming pools, however, in the sea these items are definitely not suitable, especially on days where there is a strong offshore wind or when the sea is rough.

“If people must use such items then they should be secured with a sturdy rope to a fixed point on the shore along with some adult supervision.”