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 - 11

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
4
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
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
11
Total

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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