Fisherman dies after being swept into the sea
The Redcar RNLI lifeboat was tasked at 4.46pm on Sunday 7 June 2020 after UK Coastguard received reports that a fisherman had been washed into the sea at the South Gare lighthouse near Redcar.
While the lifeboat was proceeding other members of the lifeboat crew drove to the scene to try and guide the lifeboat to the man. When the shore party arrived, they were directed by members of the public to a man in the sea close to the water’s edge.
He was pulled clear of the water by the shore party, who then administered emergency care until paramedics from North East Ambulance Service took over. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
UK Coastguard, Harbour Police and Cleveland Police were also in attendance.
Dave Cocks, for Redcar RNLI, said: ‘This was a terrible accident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man involved.
‘The South Gare has been a popular fishing spot for many years. Those who fish there know that rough seas attract the fish. The recent strong winds coupled with spring tides mean the sea has been particularly rough over the past few days.
‘We would urge anybody who plans to go to the coast in rough weather to consider the dangers. If you see anyone in trouble, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you find yourself in the water, our advice is wherever possible to adopt the FLOAT position. Lay on your back and spread your arms and legs until the effects of cold water shock have passed. You will then be more able to save yourself.’
For more advice, visit RNLI.org/safety.