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 2018. 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.

2018

Callouts To Date - 40

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
2018
January
3
12
5
10
4
6
5
7
11
6
9
3
5
5
4
14
11
7
January
February
3
14
11
10
8
9
3
4
10
6
3
4
3
4
4
10
3
9
February
March
12
8
8
6
5
3
7
10
11
10
5
5
6
2
3
5
6
17
March
April
12
5
9
12
7
12
14
10
6
13
15
7
11
9
10
9
11
7
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
11
 
November
December
5
3
5
4
3
4
6
11
8
7
4
10
5
9
12
6
10
 
December
Total
90
101
110
107
101
129
133
147
135
129
136
91
115
103
115
138
116
40
Total

040/18 - 20th April 21.37

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Amble & Blyth Coastguard Rescue Teams and the Inshore Lifeboats from Blyth RNLI after a sailor reported that he was becalmed and lost somewhere in the North Sea between Amble and Tynemouth. At 10pm, with rescue teams in vantage points along the coastline, the sailor fired a red flare and was sighted east of Blyth, close to the new wind farm. Once the Lifeboats arrived on scene UK Coastguard confirmed that the vessel would be towed back to Blyth and so the Brigade was allowed to stand down around 22.10h.
The vessel was then brought in to Blyth arriving around midnight.

039/18 - 19th April 18.34

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after Northumbria Police reported a person in the water near to Cullercoats Bay. Both rescue units carried out an extensive search of the Bay and Tynemouth Longsands but found no one requiring any assistance. At 19.15h, with no further information and no further reports of anyone in distress, all rescue team were stood down.

038/18 - 18th April 20.42

During the Rescue Team’s weekly training session, which was focused on water rescue and first aid, UK Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, and Blyth RNLI to proceed immediately to the south bank of the River Blyth near Crawford Street where Northumbria Police had reported an intoxicated male as being in the River and requiring urgent assistance. As 15 team members made their way towards the scene the Coastguard confirmed that the man was now in the care of the Police and all Rescue Units were stood down.

037/18 - 18th April 16.02

UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to attend St. Mary’s Island after Northumbria Police reported receiving a call stating that two members of the public were cut off by the tide.
Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a visual on the casualties as the lifeboat approached the Island. The Lifeboat then took both on board and returned them to Cullercoats Bay where a Brigade member then gave them a lift back to their car parked near to the Island.
The casualties are believed to have been cut off after losing track of the time on a warm spring afternoon. Members of the public are asked to remember to check the safe crossing times which are listed on a notice board on the approach to the Island and to ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard if they get into difficulty, or see someone in trouble, at the coast.

036/18 - 14th April 17.45

While team members were carrying out a driver training session in the Brigade Rescue Vehicle a member of the public approached them and informed them that a woman had suffered a leg injury and was near to the lower access gate at Tynemouth Priory. Once on scene the team found that the woman had caught her leg on the top of a railing and suffered a 6 inch wound just below the knee. The wound was cleaned and dressed as team members waited for a paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service to arrive, and they also kept UK Coastguard up to date with the incident.
Once on scene the paramedic requested that the casualty be moved to our Watch House museum, where she could then wait for a land ambulance to arrive. After a short wait at the Watch House the casualty was then taken to hospital around 6.40pm for further assessment and treatment.

035/18 - 4th April 16.59

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service with responding to reports of two distressed casualties at the entrance to the North Tyne Pier. Brigade members provided support to the Police as the casualties, who were distressed and suffering from hypothermia, were brought to safety. After approximately 30 minutes the casualties were taken into care by the Police and all rescue units were stood down.

034/18 - 2nd April 12.00

UK Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to assemble a safety patrol after the Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the North Tyneside Coastline due to easterly winds and high tides. Three team members patrolled the area between 4pm and 6.30pm with no significant incidents occurring.

033/18 - 31st March 13.30

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after the Environment Agency issued a flood alert for the North Tyneside Coastline due to easterly winds and high tides. Three team members patrolled the area between 3pm and 6.30pm with no significant incidents occurring.

032/18 - 27th March 00.46

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after they received a 999 call reporting a red distress flare near to a large car carrier that was at anchor approximately 2 miles east of the Tyne Piers. As Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a search from Tynemouth Haven to Cullercoats Bay, the Coastguard spoke with the car carrier and a number of other vessels, all of whom confirmed that they required no assistance and none of whom had witnessed the flare. After 30 minutes, with nothing untoward found, no vessels reported as missing or overdue, and no further sightings of flares, the Coastguard stood the Brigade down and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

031/18 - 26th March 14.20

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported seeing what they thought to be a distress flare fired from a vessel in the vicinity of St. Mary’s Island. As a Brigade Captain arrived on scene the Coastguard spoke with the vessel who confirmed that they had accidently misfired the flare and that no further assistance was required. At this point the first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the Brigade was stood down.  

030/18 - 23rd March 00.45

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist the North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police locate a 31 year-old casualty who was threatening to self-harm on the beach at Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the call and found that the casualty had been located and was now in the care of the police – at this point the Brigade was stood down.

029/18 - 20th March 16.58

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to multiple 999 calls reporting two 18 year-old men in difficulty in the sea at Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and liaised with the other emergency services as one of the casualties was rescued from near drowning by Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat while the other was helped ashore by officers from Northumbria Police.
Both casualties were transported by the North East Ambulance Service to a local hospital as they were showing signs of significant hypothermia.
Along with the Brigade and the aforementioned emergency services, the Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance at this incident.

With bright sunshine and a slight increase in air temperature creating deceptive conditions at Cullercoats Bay, it is believed that the two casualties were part of a larger group who had been jumping from the south pier at Cullercoats. While this can be a dangerous activity on its own, the men were not wearing wet suits or protective clothing and were believed to have been intoxicated at the time. Both were fortunate to have been rescued in a quick manner and to have avoided significant injury.

028/18 - 18th March 15.00

With a flood warning again issued for the North Tyneside Coastline, focused around the 16.10h high tide, UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to carry out a safety patrol within the local area. Four team members carried out a patrol from mid-afternoon with no significant incidents linked to the warning occurring.

027/18 - 17th March 13.30

With high tides and strong easterly winds creating large breaking waves throughout the North Tyneside area, three team members carried out a safety patrol. The team, who were deployed for 4 1/2 hours, issued safety advice to a number of members of the public but thankfully the patrol passed without any noteable incidents.

026/18 - 16th March 14.00

UK Coastguard requested the Brigade to provide a safety patrol in the area of North Shields Fish Quay, espically the Dolphin Quays area, after the Enviornment Agency issued a flood warning. Three team members monitored the area of concern for 2 1/2 hours and, while the sea and river conditions were poor, with large breaking waves, the patrol passed without any significant incidents occuring.

025/18 - 11th March 14.40

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Tynemouth RNLI at Royal Quays Marina where they were towing a fishing boat with one person onboard who had suffered mechanical difficulties and was located near to the Lifeboat Station on the River Tyne. Brigade members attended the marina and stood by as the vessel was brought alongside. As the crew member had all the required safety equipment on his boat, the team was able to stand down with no further assistance required.  

024/18 - 9th March 18.25

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance with locating a high-risk missing person within the Cullercoats Bay Area. As Brigade members made their way towards the area the Police confirmed that the casualty had been located and recovered to their care and no further assistance was required.

023/18 - 8th March 15.00

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to search for a man believed to be missing from the DFDS ferry ‘Princess Seaways’. Along with the Brigade and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade, three Coastguard Rescue Teams, Lifeboats from six RNLI Lifeboat Stations and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport were involved in the search with the TVLB searching between the North Tyne Pier and Seaton Sluice.
The Brigade search team was stood down just after 17.00h with nothing of note located.  

022/18 - 4th March 17.48

As team members prepared to return to station from their patrol, UK Coastguard tasked them to assist Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team with reports of a male threatening to self harm near to the bandstand at South Beach, Blyth. Shortly after arriving on scene the casualty was taken into care by Northumbria Police and all rescue units were stood down. Blyth RNLI and the North East Ambulance Service were also in attendance at this incident.

021/18 - 4th March 12.30

With a flood warning again issued for the North Tyneside Coastline, focused around the 16.30h high tide, UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to carry out a safety patrol within the local area. Three team members carried out a patrol from mid-afternoon with damp weather conditions and a lessoning wind meaning that no significant incidents linked to the warning occurred.

020/18 - 3rd March 21.15

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 due to land. The Helicopter, transferring a casualty from the Berwick area, landed around 10pm and Brigade members assisted in transferring the casualty to an awaiting ambulance. The Brigade then assisted in transferring the Helicopter paramedic and his equipment from the RVI back to the landing site before the Helicopter left the scene around 11pm.
Officers from Northumbria Police and paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance at this incident.

019/18 - 3rd March 15.00

For the third afternoon in a row a flood warning – meaning that flooding was expected – was issued for parts of the North Tyneside Coastline and so UK Coastguard asked the Brigade to provide a safety patrol to monitor the situation and issue safety advice to members of the public.
Four team members spent three hours, focused around the afternoon high tide at 4.15pm, working their way between Tynemouth haven and St. Mary’s Island and spoke to a number of members of the public, but again the patrol passed without any incidents of additional note occurring.

018/18 - 2nd March 09.30

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to deploy team members for the high tide anticipated at 3.45pm when a possible storm surge had been predicted for the second day in a row.
Four team members, equipped with water rescue equipment, carried out a patrol between North Shields Fish Quay & St. Mary’s Island, with our colleagues from Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team also tasked to the area. Volunteers were in the area between 2pm and 5.30pm and passed on safety advice to a number of members of the public, though thankfully the patrol passed without anything significant occurring.  

017/18 - 1st March 13.30

UK Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to deploy team members for the high tide anticipated at 3pm when a possible storm surge had been predicted. Four team members, equipped with water rescue equipment, carried out a patrol between North Shields Fish Quay & St. Mary’s Island, with our colleagues from Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team also tasked to the area. Volunteers were in the area between 2pm and 5pm and passed on safety advice to dozens of members of the public, located mainly around the skate park and Rendezvous café area of the Whitley Bay promenade where breaking waves were making hazardous conditions.

016/18 - 28th February 15.18

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting a woman as having been recovered from the sea on Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the casualty was conscious and breathing and was in the care of a paramedic. Team members remained on scene until the casualty was transferred to an ambulance which then took her to hospital.

015/18 - 27th February 17.17

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from St Athan was due to land at 17.45h. Eight Brigade members made their way towards the scene, working their way through some atrocious driving conditions due to regular heavy snow showers.
The Helicopter, which was also delayed by the weather, landed around 18.15h and the casualty, a seven year-old child being transferred for a bone marrow transplant, was taken to the RVI via ambulance.

014/18 - 25th February 21.40

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick was due to land at 22.00h. Brigade members secured the landing site and assisted in the transfer of a critically injured man who had fallen while walking on Scafell Pike in the Lake District. The man was then taken to the RVI via ambulance.
Despite the best efforts of the multiple rescue agencies involved, the man died a short while after arriving at hospital.  

013/18 - 24th February 21.55

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to a woman standing on the wrong side of safety barriers on the road that runs above King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and stood by offering an immediate response whilst additional units from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service and the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team travelled to the incident. Once these units were on scene and operational, the Brigade was stood down as these other organisations were better suited to carry out a rescue given the location. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

012/18 - 23rd February 12.58

UK Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to send a team to the Whitley Bay and St. Mary’s Island area to investigate if a vessel was in distress. Three Brigade members carried out a thorough search of the area and, after informing the Coastguard that they had located nothing untoward, were then stood down.

011/18 - 16th February 12.58

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend Royal Quays Marina where Tynemouth RNLI were about to arrive with a boat they were towing which had required assistance after a rope became stuck around its propeller. When Brigade members arrived at the Quay the boat was being placed next to a mooring by the lifeboat. Brigade members found that the crew of the boat had all the required safety equipment and were about to send a diver into the water to try and clear the rope. With everything in hand and no assistance required, the Brigade informed the Coastguard and stood down.   

010/18 - 15th February 11.25

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance with responding to reports that an elderly man had fallen on rocks at the south side of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the man had walked off the rocks and was now sat with a number of members of the public who were looking after him – he had suffered a significant cut to his head and had lost a large amount of blood. As Brigade members applied a bandage to the head wound, paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service arrived and took over caring for the man. After approximately 30 minutes the casualty was in a good enough condition to be collected by relatives who were then going to take him to a local hospital for further assessment and treatment.

As Brigade members waited for the man’s relatives to arrive they looked after his two dogs – Vinnie the bulldog and Buddy the beagle. Both dogs were well behaved and took the events of the day in their stride.

009/18 - 11th February 15.33

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend Royal Quays Marine where Tynemouth RNLI were about to arrive with a boat they were towing which had broken down. The lifeboat arrived at around 15.50h and once the casualty vessel was alongside Brigade members spoke with the 5 people on board and found that they had had a good level of safety equipment onboard. The break down was believed to have been caused by the battery onboard the boat. With everyone safe and well the brigade was stood down shortly after 16.00h.  

008/18 - 8th February 12.44

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service reported that a woman had fallen on rocks near to St. Mary’s Island and had suffered a possible broken ankle. Seven Brigade members arrived on scene and utilised the Brigade’s first aid equipment including entonox and a vacuum splint to stabilise the casualty before then using a stretcher to carry her to the access road. The casualty was then transferred into an ambulance which took her to hospital. The lady explained that she had been climbing over some rock armour when she slipped and her foot fell between two rocks as her body weight went forward. We wish the casualty, a 36 year-old from Palma in Majorca, a speedy recovery in hospital.

007/18 - 31st January 21.11

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 from a phone box in Cullercoats reporting shouts for help coming from the water’s edge towards the south end of Tynemouth Long Sands. Although the Brigade was deployed to search the area, the Coastguard immediately had doubts over the validity of the call as the location of the phone box and the location of where the supposed shouts for help were coming from were almost a mile apart.
After a short search of the both Tynemouth Long Sands and Cullercoats Bay it was established that the call was a malicious hoax and the Brigade was stood down. When concluding the incident the Coastguard also informed Northumbria Police of the details.

006/18 - 20th January 14.01

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the south end of Tynemouth Long Sands where a man had been reported to be in cardiac arrest with CPR being performed. While the Coastguard deployed the Brigade and informed the ambulance service of the report, they held reservations over how real the incident was as the call had been made from a call box approximately ½ a mile from the casualties reported location, and only one call had been made despite the beach being busy with lots of other members of the public present.
After a short search of the area the Brigade and the Ambulance Service were able to confirm that no one required any assistance. The Brigade then confirmed that the call had been made from the phone box and the Coastguard then stood all rescue units down. The call was then marked as a malicious hoax and a report was made to Northumbria Police.

005/18 - 13th January 03.47

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the High Level Bridge on the River Tyne where a man was threatening to self harm.
At 5.50am the Police confirmed that the casualty was now in their care and all rescue units could stand down. Along with the Brigade and Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.

004/18 - 10th January 20.26

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were currently attending to a distressed woman on the beach at Whitley Bay near to Spanish City. As Brigade members arrived on scene the Police confirmed that they now had the lady in their care and that no further assistance was required.

As this incident occurred during our weekly training night, seventeen team responded and headed to the scene, marking one of our biggest ever responses to a callout in recent times.

003/18 - 10th January 10.13

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to reports that a car may have gone over a cliff at the south end of Tynemouth Long Sands. Along with the Brigade, Blyth & Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Teams, Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service & the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service all sent multiple units to the scene as it was initially unclear if anyone was inside the vehicle and, if so, what their condition may be.
Once on scene it was quickly established that no one had been injured in the incident. It was believed that the vehicle, a Hyundai ix35, had rolled from a parked position, through a barrier and then down an embankment before landing on a lower promenade. Thankfully, no one was hit by the vehicle as it rolled.
With the majority of rescue units stood down, the Brigade then worked alongside Police Officers and a local recovery firm to recover the vehicle to a point where it could be removed from the area.

002/18 - 6th January 17.30

For the second time in the day, UK Coastguard requested the Brigade to deploy team members as the evening high tide was again predicted to bring a possible storm surge to the North Tyneside Coastline. Along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, four members spent two hours on patrol between Tynemouth and Whitley Bay and while the team did speak to a number of members of the public, no incidents occurred.

001/18 - 6th January 05.45

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after Northumbria Police reported that an 18 year-old woman was on rocks near to St. Mary’s Island and there were concerns for her welfare. As Brigade members were about to reach the scene the Police confirmed that they now had the woman in their care and all rescue units were stood down.

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