Rescue – Saturday 20 April 2019

The Redcar RNLI crew is repeating the message ”don’t drink and drown” after lifeboats and coastguards were called when a man worse the wear for drink entered the sea at Redcar.

The alarm was raised just before 4pm on Saturday 20 April 2019 when a man walked into the sea close to the Redcar Beacon on Redcar’s esplanade.

The RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was tasked and a UK Coastguard team, already dealing with an incident nearby, was sent.

The coastguard team arrived at the scene and was able to persuade the man, still carrying a glass of beer, to walk back out to the beach, where he was met by police officers.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said: ‘Because the coastguard patrol was already in the area, they arrived at the scene very quickly.

‘They found the man, fully clothed and chest-deep in the surf. He was still holding a glass of beer.

‘One of the team was able to persuade the man to wade back ashore. He was met by police officers and given suitable advice.’

The RNLI warns that around around 1 in 8 coastal deaths in the UK involve alcohol, and it is a contributing factor in many more water-related incidents.

Dave Cocks added: ‘All too often we hear of people who drown despite never intending to enter the water. Slips, trips and falls are common and many alcohol-related accidents begin near, rather than in the water.

‘Added to this, the North Sea is still very cold. A fine sunny day like we’ve had today can mislead people into thinking the sea will be warm as well. But at this time of year it will still only be eight or nine degrees, and cold water shock is a real risk.’