Lifeguards in dramatic rescue off Northumberland coast

Lifeguards Kieran Falcus and Ryan Hennessey reach the stricken swimmer. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography.
Lifeguards Kieran Falcus and Ryan Hennessey reach the stricken swimmer. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography.

Two Blyth lifeguards were called into action to help a stricken female swimmer who had got into difficulty in the sea off the coast of Northumberland.

The incident happened yesterday in the water off Blyth beach. The woman, who was being carried out by the receding tide, was almost 800 yards offshore when the two lifeguards, Kieran Falcus, 17, and Ryan Hennessey, 24, reached her on their rescue boards.

Blyth RNLI was on the scene. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography.

Blyth RNLI was on the scene. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography.

Blyth inshore lifeboat was tasked to help, as was the rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer which was passing the area on its way back to base.

The lifeboat crew was able to pull the woman from the water as the lifeguards had managed to support her on their rescue floats awaiting the arrival of additional help.

The woman was transported back to Blyth Lifeboat Station and was met by an awaiting ambulance crew.

The incident happened during the Northumberland Live festival, which was staged at Blyth beach.