Real rescue for lifeboat during fete

A lifeboat crew was called out in the middle of its fundraising fete yesterday to help the owners of a speedboat whose engine was on fire.

A lifeboat crew was called out in the middle of its fundraising fete yesterday to help the owners of a speedboat whose engine was on fire.

Seahouses lifeboat was launched at 10.30am to help the boat which was just off the coast of Beadnell.

Seven adults and three children were on their way to the Farne Islands when the fire broke out. The crew towed the boat back to the harbour where two fire engines were waiting.

It was just one of four call-outs for lifeboat crews over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Seahouses crew also rescued a family who were cut off by the rising tide on the Holy Island causeway on Sunday.

Two adults and three children were trapped inside a Renault Laguna car as it attempted to cross the causeway at 5.25pm, in contravention of the safe crossing times.

Meanwhile, two boys had to be rescued by Amble lifeboats after they were blown out to sea in their inflatable dinghy on Sunday. The boys, aged 11 and 13, were on holiday at Low Hauxley caravan park, and were playing in the dinghy when they were caught by offshore winds.

One of the boys jumped in the water and tried to swim ashore but got himself into further difficulties, so an onlooker swam out and pulled him to shore. The lifeboat crew arrived to help the other boy and both were treated for hypothermia and later transferred to Wansbeck General Hospital and released after treatment.

The lifeboats were back in action at 10.25pm that night to help the yacht, Blue Fin, which had a rope caught around its propeller, two and half miles north-east of the harbour.

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