A lifeboat team in Northumberland had one of its more unusual mornings as a Royal visitor landed at half an hour’s notice, just as it was called out.
The Duke of Kent this morning visited RNLI sites in the North of the county, including a museum to North East heroine Grace Darling, in his role as charity president.
Prince Edward took in Berwick and Craster lifeboat stations.
And due to having a bit of spare time, his entourage called the team at Seahouses informing them he would also be taking in their station - and would be arriving in half-an-hour.
The village team, which had been on exercise last night and had left its base in somewhat of a mess, got to the station as quick as possible, giving it a once over with the hoover.
And just as the royal visitor was arriving and being greeted by the frazzled crew, their bleepers went off.
The lifeboat team had to hurriedly leave their special guest and conduct a search for a missing kite surfer.
The duke watched as the crew raced to get both boats into the water - only for them to receive a further call telling them the kite surfer had been found safely ashore.
Lifeboat operations manager at Seahouses Ian Clayton said: “I think some thought we had stage managed the call out, but it could not have been better timed for the benefit of our royal visitor!
“Thankfully the kite surfer was safe, and the duke was able to see the station and crew in action.”