Press Notice No: 338-10
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Posted 15:39 GMT
TWO MEN JUMP OFF PIER
Two men were reported to have jumped off Saltburn Pier this afternoon, one of whom got into difficulty and is now receiving medical attention.
Humber Coastguard received a call from a member of the public at 2:11pm stating there were two men in the water, to the north of the pier, of which one looked to be in difficulty and was being swept north by the tide.
Coastguard rescue officers from Skinningrove and Redcar were sent to the scene and the Redcar RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch. The Great North Air Ambulance and the North East Ambulance were dispatched by the Northeast Ambulance Service in response to another emergency call to them.
Fran Wilkins, Watch Officer, Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre said:
The man from Saltburn, in his mid-twenties, was assisted in the water by some surfers who were able to get him ashore, where he received urgent medical attention in the form of CPR; he has now been taken to hospital. The other young man who jumped from the pier is said to be safe and well.
We cannot stress how dangerous it is to jump from a pier. Jumping from height into water is dangerous because water depth alters with the tide and it might be shallower than it appears, submerged objects like rocks and structures may not be visible, the shock of cold water can make it difficult to swim, plus strong currents can sweep people away.
Posted By: Fiona Warren
For further details contact:
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office
023 8032 9401