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Diving support boat had to go ashore and borrow mobile to call for Redcar lifeboat
LIFEBOAT crews were called out to rescue a missing diver off the North-East coast last night (Saturday).
The diver was reported missing by his support boat and both RNLI lifeboats from Redcar were launched just after 6.30pm.
The support boat had to be steered inshore and a second diver waded ashore to use a passer by’s mobile to alert the coastguard, because the boat did not have a marine radio on board.
As the lifeboats arrived at the scene, in the waters just off Redcar, the diver resurfaced near his boat and the support boat picked him up safe and well.
The RNLI reminded anyone going to sea in a boat should have suitable equipment on board for contacting coastguards.
Dave Cocks from Redcar RNLI said: “It appears that the diver had been carried away from the support boat’s position by the tide. When he didn’t surface as expected, the alarm was raised.
“It’s particularly important that anybody going to sea in a craft takes with them a suitable means of raising the alarm, preferably a marine VHF radio.
“It is taking a huge chance going to sea without a radio, and it was only by good fortune that the support boat crew were able to find someone on the beach carrying a mobile telephone on them.’ The RNLI and British Diving Safety Group are asking divers and instructors in the UK to complete an online survey about their diving habits to help make the sport safer. Last year 314 diving incidents were reported to the British Sub Aqua Club. The survey takes ten minutes to complete and can be filled out online at http://rnlidiving.substance.coop/ [ends]
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