Cleethorpes Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) was involved in a multi-agency rescue yesterday of a missing teenager on Tetney Marshes.
The charity’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 4.50pm to join Police and Coastguard teams in a search for a 14-year-old boy who had become separated from his parents whilst out walking on the Marshes.
The family was on holiday from Derbyshire and they were not familiar with the local terrain.
As dusk was drawing in, the boy was spotted amongst the Marshes and the inshore lifeboat proceeded to his location.
On reaching the scene, volunteer crew members Gary Barlow, Shaun Sonley, Darren Weatherill and Matt McNally found that the teenager was exhausted and distressed. The light was rapidly fading and weather conditions were becoming foggy.
The team quickly established a rapport with the boy and managed to keep him calm and guide and him to the safety of the lifeboat.
The teenager was checked over by the crew and found to be injury-free. He was then reunited with his grateful parents.
Jack Barlow, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Cleethorpes RNLI, said:
Weather conditions had been very pleasant yesterday, but when we reached the boy things were taking a turn for the worse. It was becoming very foggy and the light was fading.
Tetney Marshes can be rather difficult terrain for the uninitiated and it’s testament to the seamless teamwork between the Police, Coastguard and the RNLI that we were able to rescue the teenager and return him to safety.