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Newbiggin Launches to Drifting Fishing Boat

Lifeboats News Release

Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat crew launched today after the crew aboard a fishing vessel called the UK Coastguard to report they needed assistance.

Newbiggin lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 Richard Wake Burdon

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI's Newbiggin lifeboat at 12.45pm today after the 21 foot Amble fishing boat 'Red Sunset' made a call for assistance. Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was quickly launched with four volunteer crew on board and soon located the drifting vessel east of Cresswell. Their engine overheat had disabled their only propulsion method and the fresh offshore breeze was quickly pushing them further out to sea. With a tow attached the lifeboat headed north to Amble where the 'Red Sunset' and her crew of three were passed into the care of the Amble Coastguard team. Newbiggin lifeboat then headed south back to their base.

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Alison Levett RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912 or alison_levett@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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