Sunderland rescue scrambled twice during mock mission

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LIFEGUARDS and Sunderland RNLI crews were called into action for real-life emergencies while taking part in a rescue demonstration.

Members of the charity helped an injured teenager on the beach and a capsized kayaker during its annual Lifeboat Day, in Roker.

The 16-year-old, who dislocated his shoulder while playing beach volleyball, was given emergency First Aid before being rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital by ambulance.

Later, lifeguards launched their paddle-board to help a youngster who was unable to right and re-board his kayak.

After receiving assistance, the uninjured boy was able paddle ashore.

Nevertheless, Lifeboat Day, opened by Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott, raised £2,800 for the charity.

RNLI crews, lifeguards and guild members organised the event, which included a series of rescue demonstrations, to help support the 212-year-old Wearside station.

Already this year, its two inshore lifeboats have been called into action more than 50 times.

Other attractions included children’s rides, stalls, games and model boat display.

The event on Sunday was also be visited by all-weather lifeboats from neighbouring stations.

Paul Nicholson, senior helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, said: 
“I would like to thank everyone 
who helped make this day a 
great success, both in terms of fund-raising and enjoyment for the crowds.

“Without events like these, we would not be able to continue.”

An amateur radio group broadcast across the world during the day to promote the fund-raiser and the work of the RNLI.

Representatives from SAFC’s Foundation of Light and Barclays Bank, who supported the event, and the 23-strong steel-pan band, Pantastic, were also there.

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