Incident at St.Mary's Island, August 2006, Picture Courtsey of Adrian Don

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The rescue team are called to a number of incidents over the course of the year. The list below is of all calls responded to by the TVLB in 2017. The buttons above will show the rescue calls for previous years.

Brigade incidents are co-ordinated by UK Coastguard most commonly from their Coastguard Operations Centre based in Bridlington (callsign 'Humber Coastguard') which is a Coastguard command and control centre co-ordinating the response to reports of maritime and coastal incidents and emergencies along the North-East Coastline of England.

2017

Callouts To Date - 105

Monthly Breakdown of Initial Response Team Calls Since 2001

 
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
January
3
12
5
10
4
6
5
7
11
6
9
3
5
5
4
14
11
January
February
3
14
11
10
8
9
3
4
10
6
3
4
3
4
4
10
3
February
March
12
8
8
6
5
3
7
10
11
10
5
5
6
2
3
5
6
March
April
12
5
9
12
7
12
14
10
6
13
15
7
11
9
10
9
11
April
May
12
10
7
9
6
8
13
11
16
9
14
14
10
14
6
14
15
May
June
4
8
10
16
14
19
16
15
13
17
19
8
15
12
13
6
14
June
July
7
9
10
13
22
22
19
21
20
16
24
7
23
10
24
14
9
July
August
5
13
19
9
8
14
22
24
10
17
13
12
13
9
14
25
10
August
September
8
12
9
1
11
7
14
13
14
9
7
8
8
14
11
10
9
September
October
9
4
9
5
10
19
6
12
7
7
15
6
10
10
5
14
8
October
November
10
3
8
12
3
6
8
9
9
12
8
7
6
5
9
11
10
November
December
5
3
5
4
3
4
6
11
8
7
4
10
5
9
12
6
 
December
Total
90
101
110
107
101
129
133
147
135
129
136
91
115
103
115
138
105
Total

105/17 - 19th November 11.34

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call raising concern for the safety of a number of swimmers in the water off the middle of Whitley Bay beach. Lifeboats from Blyth and Tynemouth RNLI were already at sea at the time of the call and were tasked to do a search of the water. As Brigade members arrived the Lifeboats identified one casualty in the sea who they quickly recovered to their boats. A short time later a further casualty was brought ashore by another swimmer. Both casualties were conscious but appeared to be suffering from severe hypothermia. As Tynemouth Lifeboat brought the casualty recovered from the sea back to their station, Brigade members cared for the casualty who had made it ashore. Crews from the North East Ambulance Service arrived at the two different locations and both casualties were then taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

104/17 - 19th November 08.55

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after they recovered a person from the water outside Cullercoats Bay. The Brigade arrived on scene a few minutes later and assisted with the evacuation of the casualty to hospital. North East Ambulance Service, Great North Air Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police were also in attendance.

103/17 - 18th November 12.47

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a member of the public raised concern for what he thought were 2 kayakers struggling to make it back to shore just off the beach at Whitley Bay.
Within 2 minutes of the call a Brigade member made visual contact with the pair and identified them as two paddle-boarders who appeared to be making their way back to shore. The pair were spoken to by the Brigade but confirmed that they had been in no difficulty and required no further assistance. The Brigade then thanked the member of the public for their vigilance and the call was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.

102/17 - 16th November 13.27

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for help in locating a missing man believed to be on the rocks near to St. Mary’s Island.
As 7 Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Police confirmed that the man had been located further to the north and all rescue units were stood down.

101/17 - 13th November 12.03

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Polie with an incident. Due to the nature of the incident no further information is available.

100/17 - 6th November 19.32

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to Tynemouth Haven where a van had become stuck in the sand. The driver of the van reported that he was with his children and the Coastguard wished to confirm that there was no risk to life or to the situation deteriorating due to its location or the tide.
The call was received just as the Brigade’s monthly Directors meeting was about to start in the Watch House Museum so members were on scene within 3 minutes
The van was found to be well above the high-water mark and in a position that could be relatively easily accessed from the road. The driver’s children had now left the scene and he had also arranged for a friend with a 4x4 to attend to help tow him out. With all this in mind, it was agreed that there was no requirement for Brigade assistance and the Coastguard gave permission for the Brigade to stand down.
As members left the area after their meeting at around 21.30h they went to the Haven and found that the van had been successfully recovered and had left the area.

099/17 - 5th November 01.33

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police with a man who was threatening to self-harm within the vicinity of Cullercoats Bay. As six Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Police confirmed that the man was now in their care and all rescue units were stood down.

098/17 - 3rd November 22.39

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving two reports of possible red distress flares in the area of Whitley Bay. The first report came from a member of the public located 1 mile inshore who thought he had seen a red distress flare over the Spanish City area of Whitley Bay. The second report came from a vessel at anchor off Tynemouth Long Sands who had sighted lights and possibly a flare coming from close inshore to Whitley Bay beach.
Brigade members arrived on scene and were greeted with the sight of fireworks and rockets being fired from the northern end of the beach. After speaking with the group letting off the fireworks it was established that they had also fired a number of rockets that gave off red flashes.
After a further thorough search of the coastline was completed by the Lifeboat and Brigade members, and with no vessels sighted within the area and no boats reported as overdue or missing, the Coastguard stood down all rescue resources.

097/17 - 3rd November 20.59

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving multiple 999 calls reporting red distress flares in the vicinity of Whitley Bay and to the south of St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and identified a number of fishermen located across a distance of ½ a mile of Whitley Bay beach. After splitting into small teams the fishermen were all spoken to and provided valuable information that confirmed that the flares had been misused and had been set off from the shore by a group of teenagers. When firing the flares one had misfired and gone straight into the ground – this could have had disastrous consequences for those firing the flare and they can consider themselves very fortunate to have avoided serious injury. With UK Coastguard satisfied the flares had been fired from the shore and with no sign of any vessels in difficulty, the Brigade was stood down just before 10pm.

096/17 - 3rd November 17.21

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat with a request to search from Fish Quay Sands, near to the mouth of the River Tyne, north to Cullercoats Bay, to assist Northumbria Police, who had received a report of a male threatening to self harm within the area. 4 Brigade search teams were deployed to search the river bank and coastline with the Lifeboat carrying out a search from the water. After 50 minutes, with nothing untoward located, Northumbria Police informed UK Coastguard that they were standing down their search assets and in turn the Brigade and Lifeboat were also stood down and returned to their respective stations.

095/17 - 28th October 23.27

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to search for a vessel in distress near Cullercoats Bay. UK Coastguard had received a ‘mayday call’ via VHF Channel 16 from a vessel said to be in this location which reported taking on water. The Brigade worked with RNLI lifeboat teams from Cullercoats and Tynemouth to search the shore and waters from St Mary's Lighthouse to King Edward's Bay. With nothing found and no further information being available, all teams stood down around 01.00.
It was suspected that the call had been a malicious hoax.

094/17 - 28th October 22.09

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to search King Edward's Bay and the surrounding area for a man who had left home earlier that evening in a suspected attempt to self-harm. The Brigade arrived on scene a few minutes later and met with Northumbria Police officers who confirmed that the man had been found elsewhere in the region a moment earlier and was now in police custody.
With no persons now thought to be in danger, the Brigade stood down.

093/17 - 26th October 11.15

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide support to the North East Ambulance Service after they received a report that a 6 year old girl had fallen around 8 foot from the promenade at the north end of Whitley Bay.
Brigade members arrived on scene and supported a number of units from the Ambulance Service as they stabilised and assessed the girl. The girl was then transferred to a carry chair before being taken to an ambulance with further assessment and treatment to take place at hospital. The girl, who was thought to have suffered possible leg and pelvic injuries, had been cycling down a path when she was unable to stop and hit a sea wall. She then fell over the sea wall, landing some 8ft below on the concrete access steps. Although she landed on her back, the casualty was thought to have avoided serious injury to her head due to the helmet she was wearing.

092/17 - 15th October 11.21

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide support to Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat which had been tasked to assist a vessel that had broken down close to the mouth of the River Tyne.
Three Brigade members stood by as the Lifeboat towed the boat into Royal Quays Marina, arriving around 12.15h. Once at the marina, Brigade members spoke with the 3 crew members, all of whom were wearing lifejackets, and gave safety advice after the Coastguard had initially had difficulty in establishing the exact position of the boat. Once some helpful tips had been passed on, all rescue units were stood down and the Brigade returned to station.  

091/17 - 13th October 14.02

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a broadcast was made on VHF Channel 16 declaring a ‘mayday’ onboard a rigid-hulled inflatable vessel with 3 people on board located somewhere near the Tyne Bridge on the River Tyne. Shortly after the initial broadcast, a further call was made by another vessel stating that it was near the vessel that had called ‘mayday’ and that assistance was required.
Along with the Brigade, the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, Northumbria Police and Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team were sent in response to the call. Despite a thorough search of the area, no vessels matching the description given in the broadcast could be located in the area. South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade was also tasked as the search area widened in an attempt to ensure no one was in any difficulty.
After approximately an hour, with nothing untoward located and the Coastguard unable to re-establish communications with the ‘mayday’ caller, all rescue units were stood down and the call was logged as a malicious hoax.

090/17 - 10th October 14.18

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for the safety of a kayaker she was observing who appeared to be around 1 mile offshore from the south end of Whitley Bay. The lady, who was located near to Marconi Point, Cullercoats, was concerned that the man was drifting further offshore and may be in some difficulty.
Once on scene Brigade members observed the kayaker and, while confident that he was not in any immediate danger, concerns remained that he was some distance from the shore and appeared to be making little progress while looking like he was trying to paddle. After attempts by UK Coastguard to contact nearby fishing vessels to check on the kayaker were unsuccessful, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched shortly after 3pm to provide a definitive safety check on the kayaker.
The Lifeboat was guided to the casualty by Brigade members and quickly confirmed that the man required no further assistance and was quite happy fishing from his kayak.
With this information relayed to the Coastguard all rescue units were stood down and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

089/17 - 8th October 14.55

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of up to 2 kayakers in difficulty somewhere between Brown’s Bay and Cullercoats Bay. As Brigade members and the Lifeboat carried out a search of Brown’s Bay, the two kayakers returned to Cullercoats Bay and confirmed with shore crew from Cullercoats RNLI that they required no further help or assistance. With this good news relayed to the Coastguard, all rescue units were stood down.

088/17 - 5th October 14.27

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat with a request to assist a woman who was cut off by the tide on St. Mary’s Island. With the next high tide due at just after 4pm, and the next safe crossing time for using the causeway expected at 6.30pm, the Lifeboat was tasked to bring the casualty back to the mainland. Once on scene the lifeboat collected the woman and took her to Seaton Sluice Harbour where she was transferred into the care of the Brigade who then brought her back to her car.
The casualty was extremely grateful for the help she received, and was reminded of the need to contact the Coastguard via 999 should she be in, or witness, a similar situation in the future. In this case, once she realised that the causeway was no longer accessible, she had researched stories of tidal cut offs at St. Mary’s Island on the internet, which in turn gave her the name of the Brigade. She then used this information to find a contact number for our museum and this eventually led to her speaking to a member of the rescue team who advised her to dial 999 immediately. This round-about way of contacting 999 delayed the rescue teams reaching the casualty which could have led to a different outcome in the incident.  
The Brigade wishes to reiterate that it is vital to remember to call 999 for all coastal emergencies and to ask for the Coastguard.

087/17 - 25th September 20.48

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after members of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade, who were on a training exercise near to Hebburn Marina on the River Tyne, were alerted to a man acting suspiciously on the wrong side of safety barriers near to the River. As members of South Shields spoke to the man, who was in a potentially dangerous position, other water rescue resources were sent to assist them. At around 21.20h the man spoke to some family members and officers form Northumbria Police and he agreed to go to a place of safety. At this point all rescue units were stood down.

086/17 - 24th September 10.47

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police who were responding to reports of a man stood on the wrong side of railings on a sea wall just to the north of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and stood by with colleagues from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service as Police Officers spoke to the man.
Shortly after 11.30am the man climbed back over the railings to safety and was taken into Police care. All rescue teams were stood down at this point. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was also requested by the Brigade to assist with this incident and was en route at the time the incident concluded.

085/17 - 19th September 00.22

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance in responding to a call from a 22 year-old man who said he had fallen from rocks at King Edward’s Bay.
Brigade members were on scene within five minutes of receiving the call and located the man who said he had fallen around 6ft onto the beach, sustaining a suspected spinal injury. The casualty, who was in a great deal of pain, was cared for by the team before two ambulance crews arrived and provided further treatment. The casualty was then placed onto a scoop stretcher before being carried in the Brigade’s basket stretcher around 200 metres to one of the ambulances. He was then taken to a local hospital for further assessment and treatment. Once the ambulances had left the scene three Brigade members went to the hospital to collect the basket stretcher, before finally returning to station just before 3am.

084/17 - 18th September 13.04

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) with a request to assist officers from Northumbria Police with locating a man who was acting in a distressed manner near to Hartley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and, in conjunction with members of Blyth CRT, commenced a detailed search of the area from Hartley Bay to the entrance to Seaton Sluice Harbour. Blyth RNLI was requested to assist and their two inshore lifeboats were launched to carry out a detailed sea search. Shortly after 2pm the Police confirmed that they had located the man in the Blyth area and all rescue units were stood down.

083/17 - 17th September 14.15

While team members were carrying out a local area patrol, UK Coastguard informed them that a number of birds covered in oil had been located to the south of the River Tyne and asked them to keep a close look out within the North Tyneside area for any further birds that had been affected. Later in the afternoon the team located one bird on Whitley Bay beach which was covered in oil. The bird was taken to a local vet and the location it was discovered at was passed to the Coastguard. With no further sightings of pollution or oiled birds within the local area and the matter was left in the hands of UK Coastguard who are investigating the source of the oil.  

082/17 - 10th September 13.30

While team members were carrying out street collections within the Tynemouth area they were alerted to an 84 year old woman who had tripped over a paving stone. The woman had sustained a number of cuts and bruises, but otherwise seemed OK. Team members gave her first aid before taking her and her daughter back to their cruise ship, ‘Prinsendam’, at the North Shields Ferry Terminal. Once at the ferry Brigade members handed the lady over to the ship’s doctor who was going to carry out a further assessment of her injuries.

081/17 - 7th September 09.26

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a report was received that a local lobster boat was taking on water and was in danger of sinking near to Tynemouth Haven, on the inside of the North Tyne Pier. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that two of the crew of the boat had waded ashore with one crew member remaining onboard as he, the lifeboat crew, and the crew of a local fishing vessel attempted to save the boat.
After a short while it was established that fully recovering the boat from the river would be impossible at that time and so it was brought closer to shore and tied up against the foundations of a former jetty. The vessel was soon submerged by the incoming tide with attempts to recover it to be made in due course.
With all crew members safe and ashore, the Brigade and the Lifeboat were stood down and returned to their respective stations. Brigade members then spoke with local users of the Haven, and Port of Tyne, to ensure they were aware of the vessels locations.

080/17 - 3rd September 16.19

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to search the North Tyneside coastline after the word 'mayday' was heard on VHF Channel 16. The broadcast was weak and was not picked up by the staff at Blyth or Tyne Harbour suggesting that the broadcast was either very close to the location of the local aerial at Tynemouth Priory, or located far out to sea. Brigade members carried out a shoreline search between Seaton Sluice and the mouth of the River Tyne. In addition to this, RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Cullercoats, Tynemouth, King Edward's Bay and Whitley Bay were asked to search their local area, and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to search between Seaton Sluice and Blyth. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were also launched to carry out a sea-based search of the local area. Coastguard Rescue Helicopters from Humberside and Prestwick were also tasked to the search, with a focus offshore just in case the call had been made from a boat located some distance from the River Tyne. At 18.40h, with the local area thoroughly searched and nothing untoward found, the Brigade was stood down.

079/17 - 3rd September 13.25

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a motor cruiser located 1 mile east of Cullercoats Bay made a ‘mayday’ call on VHF Channel 16 reporting that they had a rope fouled around their propeller and were in danger of drifting onto rocks. The Lifeboat quickly reached the casualty and towed it back into the calmer waters of the Bay. Lifeboat crew then worked hard to clear the rope from the propeller and, with a little help from a Brigade water rescue knife, the line was cleared. After escorting the vessel for a short distance to ensure all was well onboard, the Lifeboat returned to Cullercoats and the Brigade was stood down.

078/17 - 30th August 10.40

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to locate and observe a boat which had broken down in the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members observed the vessel as it was towed to the safety of the Royal Quays Marina by Tynemouth RNLI.
Once at the marina Brigade members spoke with the crew of the boat and issued them with advice regarding having suitable communication equipment and how to contact the coastguard as the initial communication at the start of the incident had been poor. With this taken onboard by the crew all rescue units were stood down and the Brigade returned to station.

077/17 - 27th August 14.40

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service to help a 36-week pregnant woman who had slipped while walking on rocks near to St. Mary’s Island, and had landed on her stomach.
Brigade members arrived on scene with paramedics from the Ambulance Service and assisted the woman into a rapid-response car. After a quick assessment it was hoped that no major injuries had been sustained but it was agreed to take her to a local hospital for a precautionary check. Once the Ambulance Service left the scene with the casualty the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

076/17 - 22nd August 18.43

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat following a report from Northumbria Police that a teenager may have sustained a head injury while jumping from the breakwater or the pier at Cullercoats Bay.
Rescue team members arrived on scene to find a group of teenagers being spoken to by Police Officers. The officers established that one of the boys had sustained a very minor arm injury but none required further medical assistance. After being issued with safety advice regarding not jumping into the sea, the group promptly left the area and all rescue units were stood down.

075/17 - 21st August 15.05

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after 7 members of the public, including a mix of adults and children, were cut off by the tide on St. Mary’s Island. Although weather conditions were fair and the group would have been cut off till around 7.30pm, the Coastguard requested the Lifeboat rescue them all due to the presence of young children and the fact that one of the group would need self-administered care for their diabetes which they had left on the mainland.
The Lifeboat quickly transferred the casualties to a small beach opposite the Island where they were met by Brigade members. Once all involved confirmed that they required no further assistance they all left the area and the Brigade and the Lifeboat returned to their respective stations.

074/17 - 14th August 20.21

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public contacted them raising concern for 2 kayakers he could see that appeared to be making slow progress in the sea to the north end of Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and met up with the first informant who informed them that the pair had now headed north into Cullercoats Bay.
Although both were thought to be OK, Brigade members carried out a quick search to ensure nothing untoward had occurred. Within a few minutes the pair was located safe and well back on dry land. With this information passed on to the Coastguard the Brigade was stood down and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

073/17 - 12th August 11.59

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to attend reports that a man was in difficulty on rocks at Whitley Bay, opposite South Parade. Brigade members arrived on scene to find the casualty was in the care of RNLI Beach Lifeguards and he was quickly transferred into Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and then taken back to their station at Cullercoats Bay.

Once at the station the man was assessed by Brigade members and, although conscious, he was found to be in a mildly hypothermic state with a number of other injuries.

Once his condition had improved he was passed into the care of officers from Northumbria Police, who then took him for further treatment at hospital.

072/17 - 9th August 19.14

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to attend reports that a man had fallen from the Tyne Bridge into the River Tyne and required immediate assistance. As 10 Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Coastguard received an update that the man had been recovered from the water by the skipper of a nearby boat and was now in the care of the emergency services. Once the Brigade was on scene, officers from Northumbria Police confirmed that the casualty was now in an ambulance en route to hospital and that no further assistance was required. At this point all rescue units were stood down and the Brigade returned to station.

071/17 - 5th August 22.57

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police reported that they had received a report that a car had become stuck in the sand at the north end of Tynemouth Long Sands. Initially, it was unclear if the car was above or below the high water mark and whether the occupants may put themselves in a place of danger when trying to recover the vehicle.
Three brigade members arrived on scene and found the car was above the high water mark and that no lives were currently in danger. However, with the owner struggling to recover the vehicle back to the entrance ramp, Brigade members offered to use their specialist vehicle recovery equipment to free the car. Once the vehicle was safely on the entrance ramp, the owner of the vehicle made a donation towards the rescue team and thanked them for their help.

070/17 - 4th August 21.57

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports to a woman sat on a cliff edge in the Whitley Bay area with serious concerns for her safety. As nine Brigade members made their way to the scene, the Police confirmed that the casualty was now in their care and all rescue units were stood down.

069/17 - 1st August 16.15

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a broken down 24ft boat with 2 people on board close to the Redheugh Bridge on the River Tyne. Initially the crew reported that the vessel was also taking on water and that they only had one life jacket between them. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the boat was now under tow by the rescue boat from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service and that the water ingress had been contained. The Fire Service confirmed that they were taking the boat back to its launching point in Newburn, and with the incident in-hand, UK Coastguard confirmed that the Brigade could stand down.

068/17 - 30th July 17.55

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist Northumbria Police who were responding to reports of a despondent male at North Shields Fish Quay on the River Tyne. As Brigade members arrived on scene the Police confirmed that the casualty was now in their care and no further assistance was required, and so all rescue units were stood down.

067/17 - 28th July 20.27

As Brigade members made their way back to the coast following the previous incident, UK Coastguard requested them to proceed to the River Tyne, near to the Sir James Knott Memorial Flats, where a 999 call had been made reporting a 10ft object floating in the river. Once on scene Brigade members located an unmanned dinghy. The location and description of the dinghy was passed to the Coastguard and Port of Tyne, and it was decided that it was not currently in a dangerous place and that it could be left in its present location. With this in mind, the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.  

066/17 - 28th July 18.55

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was inbound with a male casualty from the Seahouses area who had suffered head and pelvis injuries. The helicopter landed at 19.45h and the casualty was transferred to an ambulance which took him to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.  

065/17 - 23rd July 21.53

UK Coastguard paged the team to investigate reports of a small vessel in the mouth of the river Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene and identified a poorly lit vessel which appeared to be at anchor within the bay at Priors Haven. Attempts were made to contact the vessel on VHF channel 16 and with light and sound signals from the Brigade vehicle. Eventually the vessel made contact with Port of Tyne who directed them UK Coastguard. It was established that the crew of two were sheltering from the strong northerly wind for the night. They confirmed that they were safe and well and required no further assistance. The Brigade were stood down along with Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat who had also been launched on service. 

064/17 - 20th July 11.58

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police who were searching for a missing man in the Whitley Bay area. The gentleman had not returned home from his morning walk and there was concern that he may be missing within the coastal area. Brigade members and RNLI Beach Lifeguards then planned and implemented a search of the local area. At just after 1pm the Police informed UK Coastguard that the man was no longer believed to be in the local area and all rescue units were stood down.

062/17 - 12th July 21.48

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist Northumbria Police with a search for a 72 year-old man who had last been seen around lunchtime on 11th July. Police officers requested assistance from the Coastguard after they located a pair of trousers they initially thought may have belonged to the man near to St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and, utilising both Brigade members and team members from Blyth, planned a search of the Island and local rocks running north to Hartley Bay. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also tasked to carry out a thorough search of the local area. As the search was beginning, it was established that the trousers were almost certainly not linked to the missing man, but the search continued to ensure that the man was not in the search area. At 23.50h UK Coastguard stood all rescue units down with the search complete and no sign of the missing gentleman. Northumbria Police are continuing their enquiries to try and locate the man.

061/17 - 9th July 13.12

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to reports that a person had fallen into the River Tyne in the vicinity of the Redheugh Bridge.
Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, officers and the helicopter from Northumbria Police, fire-fighters and the fireboat from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, multiple units from the North East Ambulance Service and the local air ambulance were all dispatched to the scene. Brigade members arrived just as the casualty was being recovered from the river and assisted in maintaining a safety cordon around the incident to allow for the casualty to receive urgent care as their condition was critical. Once the casualty had left the scene in an ambulance the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

060/17 - 5th July 14.59

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet the Fisheries Patrol / Survey Vessel ‘St Aidan’ vessel which was returning to Royal Quays Marina with an inflatable kayak onboard which it had recovered from the sea around 4 miles off the mouth of the Tyne. A Brigade member met with the vessel and took photos of the kayak which were then sent to the Coastguard. The Coastguard believe the kayak matches one reported missing from a vessel in recent weeks and plans are currently being made to arrange delivery back to the owner.

059/17 - 28th June 19.05

Northumbria Police contacted the Brigade requesting assistance with a car that was stuck in the sand at the northern end of Tynemouth Long Sands. With no lives in danger the Brigade was not tasked by UK Coastguard, but informed them that they were en route to assess whether a safe recovery could be completed. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly established that they could recover the car using the Brigade vehicle’s inbuilt winch, and could do this without having to commit the vehicle to the sand, which greatly decreased the chances of the rescue vehicle becoming stuck or damaged in the process. The car was then recovered back to the safety of the ramp and the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

058/17 - 20th June 11.45

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public contacted them concerned at what he thought may be a school group that had become cut off by the incoming tide at St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and contacted staff on the Island who confirmed the Brigade’s assumptions that the group had intentionally stayed on the Island as they were part of a day visit to the Island which had been pre-arranged with the local Council. The first informant was thanked for his vigilance and the call was noted as a false alarm with good intent.  

057/17 - 18th June 23.22

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to with a request to meet up with two members of the public who were stood near to Tynemouth RNLI station on the fish quay and reported seeing what they thought to be a hand glider make a controlled landing into the River Tyne, near to the Sir James Knott Memorial Flats. After Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with the two first informants, both of whom were very clear about what they had witnessed, it was agreed to deploy more search resources to the scene with South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and both lifeboats from Tynemouth RNLI tasked to assist. Over the course of the next hour a thorough search of the lower harbour of the River Tyne was conducted. Numerous members of the public were spoken with and no one reported seeing anything untoward. At just after 01.00h UK Coastguard stood all search assets down as no one had been reported missing and nothing matching the initial report had been located. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.  

056/17 - 18th June 10.31

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist RNLI Beach Lifeguard and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat in investigating a report of up to 3 swimmers in difficulty near to Whitley Bay. The Lifeguards and Lifeboat carried out a very quick search of the area with a number of swimmers located in the water but all confirming that they required no further assistance. With no further reports of anyone in difficulty, and with all resources carrying out a thorough search of the area, UK Coastguard stood down all resources at 10.45h and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

055/17 - 18th June 06.55

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of an 18 year-old male who was believed to have suffered an ankle injury near to Browns Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out an initial search of the Bay with no sign of the casualty. At this point Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were paged to provide additional resources to the incident. A short while later a Brigade search team located the man on rocks to the east of Marconi Point. The man had suffered a suspected sprained ankle which was immobilised with a Brigade vacuum split. Lifeboatmen from Cullercoats RNLI then waded ashore from their boat and helped stabilise the man with the provision of oxygen. The casualty was then placed into a basket stretcher which Brigade members and Lifeboat crew then carried across the rocks to a point where the Lifeboat was able to come alongside and perform a very straightforward casualty transfer. The Lifeboat then transported the casualty back to Cullercoats Bay where the casualty was transferred into the care of the ambulance service.

054/17 - 17th June 12.00

As part of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Drowning Prevention Week, which runs between 16th and 26th June, Brigade members took part in a sponsored stretcher carry, in full water rescue equipment, from Cullercoats Bay to our Watch House in Tynemouth. During the course of the carry, UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to investigate a report of an inflatable canoe which was believed to have capsized with one member of the public in the water clinging to it. The location of the incident was given as Walker on the River Tyne, near to a number of industrial properties. Brigade members arrived on scene and, in the company of our local Senior Coastal Operations Officer, carried out a search of the river.
Working with the security offices of the many riverside industries we were able to confirm that no one appeared to be in need of assistance, and nor was there any evidence to suggest anyone had needed help. With lots of vessels using the river, and with no further reports of anyone in trouble or lost/missing, UK Coastguard stood the Brigade down at around 13.00h.

053/17 - 11th June 22.26

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to investigate the sighting of a possible red flare on the River Tyne near to the Tyne Tunnels. The report had been made by a gentleman who had been passing through the area in his car.
Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a search between Royal Quays Marina and Willington Quay, speaking with marinas and security offices based along the river. At 11 pm UK Coastguard stood down the Brigade as the search teams had found nothing untoward and no vessels were reported as overdue or missing in the local area. The call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

052/17 - 10th June 15.25

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to investigate a report of a possible missing aircraft or helicopter in the Whitley Bay area. The report was made to RNLI Beach Lifeguards, and once on scene Brigade members carried out a search and observation of the area with the help of the Lifeguards and officers from Northumbria Police. With only the one report to work on, and with Newcastle Airport reporting no aircraft as missing or overdue, and with the search teams reporting nothing untoward, all search units were stood down at 16.15h and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

051/17 - 7th June 17.13

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend Tynemouth Haven and give safety advice to the crew of a small yacht that was being towed ashore by Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. Once the vessel was at the haven a team member passed on suitable safety advice to the inexperienced owners who had not fully prepared themselves for the challenges of launching and sailing a vessel.

050/17 - 4th June 19.23

Shortly after the conclusion of the patrol, UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to Tynemouth Priory where Northumbria Police had reported a large group of youth’s dangerously climbing up and down the cliffs above King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and, thankfully, found that all persons were now safely off the cliffs. At this point they issued safety advice to the group before standing down and returning to station.

049/17 - 4th June 12.25

Just as team members completed their tasking at the Fish Quay, UK Coastguard tasked them and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to investigate reports of a swimmer possibly in difficulty just off Brown’s Bay. The gentleman had been observed to be making little progress in the sea and appeared to be some distance from the shore. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and spoke with the man who confirmed that he required no further assistance and was quite happy to make his own way ashore. At this point the Brigade was stood down from the incident and resumed its patrol.

048/17 - 4th June 10.42

Whilst team members were on a coastal patrol, UK Coastguard tasked them to keep watch over Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat as it towed the Brigantine-type sailing ship ‘Tres Hombres’ into North Shields Fish Quay. Brigade members kept watch over the tow until  the vessel was safely moored alongside at the quay.

047/17 - 2nd June 22.04

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to attend reports of a 18 year-old woman entering the water at King Edward’s Bay with concerns raised for her safety. Brigade members arrived on scene and found the casualty to be out of the water but in a very intoxicated state. Officers from Northumbria Police then arrived and arranged to take the woman to her home. At this point all rescue units were stood down.

046/17 - 29th May 19.21

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of an object floating on the River Tyne close to the Tyne Tunnel. Brigade members arrived on scene at the same time as the Lifeboat who quickly confirmed that the item was a sofa. The lifeboat crew moved the sofa to the side of the river where a Brigade member was able to attach a line to it before it was hauled above the high water mark to prevent it from floating back into the River. At this point all rescue units were stood down and returned to station.

045/17 - 27th May 16.00

While team members were on a local area patrol in our rescue vehicle UK Coastguard tasked them to locate and observe a dive RIB with two people on board which had broken down close to the north side of the north Tyne pier. Brigade members stood by as Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched and quickly towed the vessel back to South Shields slipway.

044/17 - 22nd May 21.13

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide safety cover and support to Northumbria Police who had officers on the rocks to the east of Tynemouth Priory, next to the outside of the North Tyne Pier. The Police were in a stand off with two men who were believed to have been involved in a suspected burglary from a business located in Tynemouth. Once on scene the Brigade requested that UK Coastguard call out Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Tynemouth RNLI to provide additional safety cover for the incident. Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance.
At just after 5am the following morning, the incident was brought to a conclusion by the Police and two men were taken into custody.

043/17 - 18th May 17.41

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a child reporting that a 12 year-old boy they were with had impaled their foot on a metal rod on the outside of the pier on the south side of Cullercoats Bay. 13 Brigade members responded to the call with the first team members arriving on scene within 5 minutes of the call and administering first aid to the injured child, who had managed to free his foot from the rod but still had a puncture wound which required attention. A paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service arrived and after administering further treatment and pain relief to the boy, then requested the Brigade to transfer him off the pier in our basket stretcher. From this point the child was taken to a land ambulance which then took him to a local hospital for further treatment.

042/17 - 17th May 13.35

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist with the evacuation of a casualty thought to have suffered a cardiac arrest near to a restaurant at King Edward’s Bay, with the Great North Air Ambulance being despatched to the scene along with a number of units from the North East Ambulance Service. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the casualty was conscious and was already being transferred to hospital via a land ambulance. At this point all other rescue units were stood down.

041/17 - 16th May 17.49

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist other emergency services investigating reports of a suspected person in the River Tyne near to the Swing Bridge. As Brigade members arrived on scene Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service confirmed that they had carried out a search of the area and had found nothing untoward. At this point all emergency services were stood down.

040/17 - 16th May 14.46

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to reports of a man who was believed to be unconscious on some steps at the North Tyne Pier. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene it was confirmed that the man required no assistance and was in fact lying very still to observe some nearby birds.

039/17 - 14th May 18.24

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to observe and assist Tynemouth RNLI who had been tasked to tow a vessel back to safety in the River Tyne. Brigade members kept watch over the tow and then offered safety advice to the crew once they were back at their berth at Willington Quay.

038/17 - 14th May 12.36

While the Brigade members were in the Rescue Vehicle on a coastal patrol, UK Coastguard paged the team and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of kayaker in difficulty in the sea to the south of Cullercoats Bay near to the Bears Back Rocks. The Lifeboat crew, who were on station at the time of the call, reached the casualty very quickly and found that he required no medical attention but had capsized his kayak and was unable to right it. The man was brought back to the lifeboat station by the Lifeboat at which point the Brigade was released to resume its patrol.  

037/17 - 13th May 13.37

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance in responding to reports that a woman had fallen near to St. Mary’s Island, sustaining a number of injuries. As nine Brigade members made their way to the scene, the first Ambulance unit on scene confirmed that no further assistance was required as the casualty was in a condition and position which meant she could be treated and recovered to their vehicle without further resources and therefore the Brigade was stood down.. It was believed that the woman had suffered leg and shoulder injuries after falling on rocks within a few feet of the causeway.  

036/17 - 10th May 18.59

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist the crew of Cullercoats RNLI who were treating an 11 year old child who was reported to have fallen a distance of 15 -20 foot onto rocks to the south of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and, in conjunction with the lifeboat crew, carried out a full assessment of the casualty. Although shaken from his fall, it was thought that he probably only sustained a sprained ankle and he left the scene in the care of a parent who was advised to take him to a local hospital for further assessment.

For the second week in a row, the incident occurred just before the Brigade’s weekly training night so there was a total of 17 team members in attendance at the incident.

035/17 - 7th May 17.20

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police in locating a potentially vulnerable male in the vicinity of the mouth of the River Tyne. The man’s car was located close to Tynemouth Priory and the man’s partner had received a message from him stating that he was sat on rocks near to the North Tyne Pier. As Brigade members arrived at Tynemouth Sailing Club they were informed by members of the public that a man was sat on rocks very close to the waters edge on the rocks on the outside of the Pier, in front of the Priory. Members wearing water rescue equipment were deployed with an officer from Northumbria Police to speak to the man and, although 11 Brigade members were on scene, UK Coastguard was asked to send assistance from the local RNLI to provide water-based safety cover. Once on scene with the man it was quickly established that he was the missing male and, after a few minutes of speaking with the Police Officer, he agreed to walk to a place of safety. Once all persons were off the rocks the Brigade was stood down and the man was taken into care by the Police.

034/17 - 3rd May 19.22

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a kayak overturned near to Brown’s Bay with a number of people in the water. The Lifeboat arrived on scene within minutes of the call and quickly recovered two men and their kayak to the lifeboat. Although a little tired from their time in the water, both men were uninjured and required no medical assistance.
The men were on a two-person kayak and had been paddling just off the Bay along with two women who were also in a two-person kayak. The men had been capsized by a large wave and had then been unable to right their kayak.
The Lifeboat escorted the two women back into Cullercoats Bay and then dropped the men off onto the beach where they were spoken to by a Brigade member who confirmed that no further assistance was required.

The incident occurred just before the Brigade’s weekly training night so there was a total of 17 team members available to attend, although such a large response was not required in the end.

033/17 - 3rd May 10.32

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick Airport was due to land at 11am. Brigade members cleared and manned the site with the Helicopter arriving on time and the casualty and a relative being quickly transferred to an awaiting ambulance. The casualty, who had been airlifted from Holy Island, was originally thought to have had chest pains but by the time the Helicopter arrived at the landing site it was believed to more likely be a chest infection.
Once the casualty was in the ambulance, the Helicopter departed and the Brigade was stood down.

032/17 - 1st May 16.22

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after reports were received of a large group of youths acting in a potentially dangerous way by jumping into the sea at Browns Bay, with large breaking waves reported in the local area. Brigade members arrived on scene and, along with officers from Northumbria Police, spoke to a group of around 30 teenagers, some of whom were consuming alcohol. Safety advice was issued to all present with the Police then asking them to leave the coastal promenade that they were on. Once the group had left the area the Police stated that they would continue to monitor them as the afternoon continued and the Brigade was stood down.

031/17 - 30th April 22.56

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported seeing a man acting suspiciously running into and out of the water at King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a thorough search of the area, with support from Northumbria Police including their helicopter. At just after midnight, with all search teams reporting nothing untoward and no further reports of anyone in difficulty or missing within the search area, all rescue units were stood down.

030/17 - 16th April 11.48

While on a coastal patrol, UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to the south end of Whitley Bay beach, near to Watt’s Slope, where a 41 year-old male had fallen on rocks and was now complaining of lower back pain. Brigade members arrived on scene and stabilised the casualty before the arrival of paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team. After receiving initial treatment from the Brigade, and further assessment from the paramedics, it was determined that the casualty had not suffered a spinal injury. He was then assisted from the beach by the Brigade and then taken to a local hospital in the Brigade vehicle and in the company of a HART paramedic.

029/17 - 11th April 17.45

As Brigade members arrived at the below incident, the manager in a local restaurant informed them that he had contacted Northumbria Police regarding two males who he believed to be drunk and who had acted in a disorderly manner in his premises. The men were now down at King Edward’s Bay and after the previous incident concluded, the pair were observed to move towards the waters edge, with one of the men diving into the sea on a number of occasions before returning to the sand. UK Coastguard were informed and Brigade members provided safety cover to officers from Northumbria Police who spoke to both men and escorted them back to the promenade. Once both men had left the scene and with police officers now also issuing safety advice to the teenagers involved in the previous incident, the Brigade was stood down.

028/17 - 11th April 17.27

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public informed them that a large group of youths had congregated on the beach at King Edward’s Bay, with a number of the group climbing the cliffs surrounding the Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with the teenagers who agreed to stop climbing the cliffs and appeared to take on board the Brigade’s concern for their safety.

027/17 - 6th April 11.32

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a kayaker was in difficulty near to Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the kayaker was now back ashore and had in fact decided to enter the water and swim with his kayak which had made observes on the shore think he was in difficulty. With confirmation that all persons were safe and well with no further assistance required, all rescue units were stood down at 11.42h.

026/17 - 4th April 10.18

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to the Redheugh Bridge on the River Tyne where a major multi-agency search was taking place for a possible missing child. After arriving on scene, Brigade members were advised that the search of the riverside was being halted, although the search of the river was continuing. After discussions with UK Coastguard, the Brigade was stood down and returned to Tynemouth.

025/17 - 3rd April 23.20

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and after a member of the public reported seeing a number of flashing lights in the sea between Whitley Bay and Blyth. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly established that the lights did not appear to indicate a vessel or persons in distress but could not initially confirm their exact nature. After a number of phone calls with UK Coastguard, Port of Tyne and Port of Blyth, it was confirmed that the lights were on numerous buoys that have been deployed east of Blyth as part of preparations for wind farm activities in that location. At around midnight, once this information had been established, and with no vessels reported as overdue or missing, the team was stood down.

024/17 - 3rd April 20.20

While team members were at a meeting at the Watch House, a telephone call was received from a man who reported that he was cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. After a quick discussion established that the tide would prevent a safe crossing until after midnight, the man was instructed to call 999 and speak with UK Coastguard officers who would establish the best course of action. UK Coastguard then requested the Brigade to proceed to the Island and keep watch until the arrival of Cullercoats RNLI who had been requested to attend and bring the man, and the woman he was with, back to the mainland. The Lifeboat completed the tasking within 20 minutes and all rescue units were stood down and back at their respective stations for 21.00h

023/17 - 3rd April 17.28

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving multiple 999 calls reporting a man and woman as being cut off by the tide on the Bear’s Back rocks between Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Long Sands. Tynemouth RNLI, who were already at sea in the local area, were tasked by the Coastguard to bring the casualties back to shore, which they completed in a timely manner.
Once at Cullercoats Bay, Brigade members met with the pair and issued them with safety advice and information on how to find out the local tide times.

022/17 - 2nd April 16.13

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a male adult and two children were cut off by the incoming tide. The original position given for the cut off was near to Tynemouth Priory but after a little investigation Brigade members located them on the Bear’s Back rocks between Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Priory. At this point Cullercoats RNLI were requested to rescue the casualties, with Brigade members standing by with their water rescue equipment until the Lifeboat arrived. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was also requested to provide additional team members in case a water rescue was required.
After a few minutes the Lifeboat launched and quickly brought all three casualties back ashore.

021/17 - 2nd April 10.36

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that an 18 year-old male was stood on the wrong side of safety railings near to Browns Bay. Crew members from Cullercoats RNLI were also in attendance at this incident and the casualty was cared for by Brigade members and RNLI crew members until he was passed into the care of Northumbria Police.

020/17 - 16th March 16.25

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after Northumbria Police informed them that 2 members of the public had been cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. With the high tide due at 6pm and squally showers creating unpleasant conditions, the Coastguard decided to request the Lifeboat to return the casualties to the mainland as they were unlikely to be able to safely walk off the Island until sometime after 8pm.
Once on scene the Lifeboat quickly brought the two men, one of whom was from Sheffield and had travelled north to visit the other in Newcastle, to a small beach near the causeway where they were transferred into the care of the Brigade. After checking that no medical assistance was required the pair, who were very apologetic for the inconvenience they had caused and said they had lost track of time whilst taking photographs on the seaward side of the Island, were given a lift to their car by a Brigade member before all rescue units were stood down.

019/17 - 12th March 12.51

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was expected to land at some point around 14.10h. The Helicopter was airlifting a male casualty with possible appendicitis from an offshore vessel. The Helicopter arrived on time and the casualty was able to walk to an awaiting ambulance which then took him to the RVI for further assessment and treatment. After assisting with the transport of personnel and equipment back from the hospital, Brigade members stood by whilst the Helicopter departed before standing down and returning to Tynemouth.

018/17 - 8th March 09.42

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were searching for a high risk missing person who was believed to be within the Cullercoats or Tynemouth area. Eight Brigade members arrived on scene and were in the process of starting their search when the Police reported that they had located the casualty and no further help or resources were required. The Brigade and the Lifeboat were stood down and both units returned to station at around 10.20h.

017/17 - 4th March 20.59

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was expected to land at some point around 21.30h. The Helicopter was airlifting a female casualty from Holy Island who had suffered a possible stroke and was unable to be transported by land due to the high tide. Brigade members arrived on scene, cleared the site and then assisted in the transfer of the casualty to an ambulance. The team then followed on to the RVI and collected the stretcher the casualty had been brought on which belonged to the Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team. Once the handover was complete at the hospital the helicopter left the site around 22.30h and the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

016/17 - 2nd March 16.50

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was expected to land at some point after 17.20h. Brigade members arrived on scene and after securing and clearing the site, stood by waiting for more information. Just before 18.00h, the Coastguard confirmed that the Helicopter, which had been attending an incident at Marsden, would not be travelling to the landing site and so the Brigade was stood down.

015/17 - 2nd March 10.50

UK Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to proceed to a vantage point near to Tynemouth Long Sands and keep watch over a windsurfer that a member of the public thought may be in difficulty. Roughly five minutes later, as Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the informant contacted the Coastguard and stated that the surfer was now back ashore and no further help was required. With this updated information in mind the Brigade was stood down.

014/17 - 10th February 20.30

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a couple dialled 999 asking for assistance for their car which was stuck in the sand at the south end of Tynemouth Long Sands. The couple had driven down to see if the area was covered in snow, but had ventured too far from the access ramp and had got their vehicle firmly stuck. The initial report to the Coastguard was unclear as to whether the pair would be put in danger by the tide, and so the Brigade was dispatched to offer safety advice. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly confirmed that the pair were in no immediate danger, with the vehicle some 100 metres from the waters edge. Although this ended the official Coastguard involvement in the incident, Brigade members offered to assist in recovering the vehicle back to the sand, which they were able to do by 21.00h using their vehicle recovery equipment.
The pair were extremely grateful for the assitance they received and made a donation to the Brigade as a sign of appreciation. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

013/17 - 4th February 14.17

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving multiple 999 calls reporting three people in the water requiring assistance at Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the call by which time the Coastguard had received updated information that all three individuals were now ashore but required medical attention. Brigade members and colleagues from Cullercoats RNLI provided first aid care to the three, which consisted of two 15 year-old girls, and the father of one of the girls. All three were extremely cold after being in the sea, with the two girls stating that they had been submerged on a number of occasions and had swallowed a consider amount of sea water. The Brigade vehicle was used to transport the three off the beach where they were met by paramedics from the Hazardous Area Response Team from the North East Ambulance Service. The casualties were then transferred to an ambulance at which point the Brigade and all other rescue units were stood down.

The incident had occurred after the two girls, who had hired surf boards and wet suits from a local surf shop, got into difficulties whilst surfing. The father of one of the girls, wearing only his underwear, went into the sea and was able to guide both girls back to the shore, but all three were suffering the effects of their exposure and time in the sea.

012/17 - 2nd February 18.20

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after receiving a 999 call from a man who was fishing on the access steps to Hartley Bay and could see three adults who were cut off by the high tide on rocks just to the south of the steps. A Brigade Captain was first on scene and after assessing the situation decided that a rope rescue was required to take all three casualties to safety. Although not in immediate danger from the tide, the female and two males were in an exposed position and would have been waiting in the cold and dark for at least two hours before they could have walked to safety. At this point Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested and arrived on scene to provide additional lighting of the area and to act as safety cover should the casualties or rescuers end up in the sea.
Brigade Section Leader Louis Wallace was then prepared as the Brigade’s Rope Rescue Technician and was carefully lowered down the cliff. After issuing the two males with lifejackets and helmets for protection, he then brought the female up the cliff, with the help of his colleagues on the cliff top, before repeating the process twice to rescue the two men. The rescue was completed in an around an hour with great skill and team work by the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard.

Once on the cliff top, all three casualties were assessed by Brigade medics and were advised to attend hospital for a check up; however, they declined and were instead given a lift to their car before leaving the area.

During the assessments, it was established that the group had acted in a rather irresponsible manner and had been very fortunate not to end up in extreme difficulty. After arriving in Whitley Bay, they had visited St. Mary’s Island before starting to walk along the cliff bottom on their way to Hartley Bay (roughly half a mile to the north). After stopping for a barbeque and with two of the group consuming large amounts of alcohol, the friends had continued to walk north in darkness but had been caught out by the incoming tide. Before reaching the rock at Hartley Bay, at least two of the group had entered the water and had nearly been washed out into the sea. The group were extremely fortunate that the fisherman spotted them and stopped them getting into any further difficulty before dialling 999 and speaking with the Coastguard.

011/17 - 29th January 16.38

As team members were on station cleaning the rescue vehicle after a coastal patrol, the full team was paged to attend Willington Quay where a report had been received of a man falling into the River and requiring urgent assistance. Brigade members arrived on scene within five minutes of the call and found that the casualty had already been recovered from the water and was receiving a check up from a paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service. Furthermore, the son of the man who had been in the water, was also being checked over by the paramedic as he too had entered the water in attempt to assist his father.
The incident occurred after a small tender the original casualty was travelling in hit a pontoon leading to the man falling into the river. Although both men were OK and did not require hospital treatment, the incident would have been a lot more straightforward had both men been wearing their lifejackets, which they had onboard their main boat which they had just moored in the quay, but had then taken off as they felt there was little risk during their short journey ashore in their tender.
Officers from Northumbria Police were in attendance at this incident and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also tasked but was stood down before arriving on scene.

010/17 - 15th January 16.03

Later in the afternoon while continuing vehicle training, UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist Northumbria Police with a possible search for a missing person on the headland north of St. Mary’s Island. A bag belonging to a man to whom concern for his safety has been raised a few days earlier had been located on a cliff edge and while the Police made enquiries at the man’s address, Brigade members prepared their Rope Rescue equipment with the intention of inspecting the cliff for any further signs or belongings of the gentleman with Blyth Coastguard starting a search of the local area. At around 16.40h the Police confirmed that the man had been located and was safe and at this point all rescue units were stood down.

009/17 - 15th January 13.09

As Brigade members were out in the local area near to St. Mary’s Island and receiving training on our new rescue vehicle, the UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police who had received a report that a person was threatening to self harm near to Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members made their way towards Tynemouth and located the casualty speaking with Police Officers close to a cliff edge at the Spanish Battery, inside the river mouth. After a short period of time the casualty agreed to go into the care of the Police and the Brigade was able to resume its training.

008/17 - 13th January 16.40

During the safety patrols, UK Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing in preparation for the arrival of the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport. The Helicopter had attended an incident off Sunderland where a crew member of a bulk carrier, ‘HC Jette-Marit’, had complained of chest pains and had cardiac symptoms. The Helicopter arrived on scene and winched the crew member from the vessel, along with two crew members of Tynemouth RNLI who had boarded the vessel to assist the gentleman and had decided that helicopter recovery was now their safest means of recovery back to the main land. The Helicopter landed at the site at 17.11h and the casualty was quickly transferred to an ambulance and then on to the RVI for further assessment and treatment. The two RNLI crew members were also landed at the site and a Brigade member then gave them a lift back to their station. After the winchman had completed the casualty handover at the hospital, the Helicopter left the site at 17.50h, with Brigade members then returning to Tynemouth and standing down.   

007/17 - 13th January 15.15

Following the previous incident, and with high tide expected at around 4pm, Brigade members spoke with UK Coastguard officials and it was agreed to send out multiple patrols between North Shields Fish Quay and St. Mary’s Island. The patrols saw members briefly cordon off areas of the coastline which were being inundated with waves while also issuing safety advice to the hundreds of people who had ventured to the coast. At 6pm, with conditions easing and the crowds heading home, the Brigade was stood down with thankfully no significant incidents to report.

006/17 - 13th January 14.30

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call reporting a number of people acting in a dangerous manner close to the surf line at Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a thorough search of the area, which was busy with people watching the approaching high tide, but could not locate anyone in any apparent danger. At 3pm, with no further reports received and no one in any obvious immediate danger, the Brigade was stood down.

005/17 - 12th January 10.38

The UK Coastguard paged the after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance in attending to a 4 year-old boy who had fallen and suffered facial injuries near to the entrance to the North Tyne Pier at Tynemouth. Brigade members arrived on scene and provided first aid care to the child, who had suffered a cut to his nose while out for a walk with a parent and sibling. The child was then seen by a paramedic who then transported the family to a local hospital for further precautionary checks. At this point the Brigade was stood down.

004/17 - 5th January 17.40

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend Howdon Staiths on the River Tyne where the Port of Tyne dredger ‘Sir Bobby Robson’ had observed a group of youths misbehaving on a jetty, and putting themselves in a potentially dangerous position. As the area close to this jetty is heavily industrialised the Brigade and officers from Northumbria Police worked with the local businesses to gain safe access to the riverside before conducting a search of the area. After 45 minutes of investigation, two fishermen were located on a jetty within a secure area, and although not confirmed as the individuals observed by the dredger, they were asked to leave the area. With the two fishermen reporting seeing no one else in the area over the previous hour, and no one in any obvious difficulty or reported as missing, UK Coastguard stood the Brigade down at around 19.00h.

003/17 - 4th January 11.47

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call raising concern for a group of people who were in the water near to the Black Middens rocks inside the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene within five minutes of the call and confirmed that the group were in fact surfers who required no further assistance. The Brigade, and officers from Northumbria Police who had also been called to this incident, were then stood down.

002/17 - 2nd January 21.32

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service as they responded to reports of a man threatening to self harm by entering the sea at Whitley Bay. As Brigade members arrived on scene the Police confirmed that they had the casualty safely in their care and all other rescue units were stood down.

001/17 - 1st January 15.06

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from the owner of a van which had become stuck in mud on the edge of a cliff bank at Tynemouth Long Sands. Although no one was in any immediate danger, and a vehicle recovery company has been called to assist, the Brigade was tasked to provide safety cover and advice, given the coastal nature of the incident.
Brigade members arrived on scene and provided a safe cordon around the vehicle to ensure recovery was completed safely. At around 16.15h the vehicle was returned safely to the road and the Brigade stood down.

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