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 - 93

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
9
April
May
12
10
7
9
6
8
13
11
16
9
14
14
10
14
6
14
15
10
May
June
4
8
10
16
14
19
16
15
13
17
19
8
15
12
13
6
14
8
June
July
7
9
10
13
22
22
19
21
20
16
24
7
23
10
24
14
9
26
July
August
5
13
19
9
8
14
22
24
10
17
13
12
13
9
14
25
10
7
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
93
Total

093/18 - 14th August 08.16

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported losing sight of a swimmer in the sea opposite the skate park at Whitley Bay Beach. The first informant had looked for the swimmer for around 15 minutes before being suitably concerned that they rang the Coastguard for help. Brigade members arrived on scene and during a search of the area located a person swimming south from the north end of the beach. After 10 minutes of observation this person came ashore and stated the route they had swam which confirmed them as the swimmer observed by the first informant. With no one else reported as missing or overdue the Brigade was stood down and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.  

092/18 - 13th August 19.09

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a member of the public raised concern for the safety of 2 surfers who they thought were unable to make their way back ashore in large surf at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands. As the Lifeboat prepared to launch the first informant confirmed that the pair had made it back ashore and so the Lifeboat was stood down but the Brigade was still asked to proceed to do a welfare check on the casualties. Once on scene the Brigade found that the pair were experienced surfers who had been caught out by the sea but had eventually been able to return to shore - they apologised for the inconvenience of the callout and confirmed that they required no medical assistance. At this point the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

091/18 - 12th August 02.27

Later in the night after the previous call, UK Coastguard again tasked the Brigade to assist the North East Ambulance Service as they responded to reports of two casualties on Whitley Bay Beach. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Ambulance Service confirmed that they had arrived at Whitley Bay and required no further assistance.

090/18 - 12th August 01.02

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance with a distressed male who was threatening to enter the sea at Whitley Bay. As recue teams made their way towards the scene it was confirmed that the gentleman was now in the care of the Ambulance Service and no further assistance was required.

089/18 - 11th August 19.32

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat as they towed a broken down boat back to Cullercoats Bay. Once at the Bay Brigade members took details of the boat, which had one person onboard, and issued him with suitable safety advice before standing down.

088/18 - 9th August 22.29

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported seeing a possible red flare at sea off Whitley Bay. Brigade members carried out a detailed search of the area but could find no sign of any vessels or persons in distress, and with nothing further reported to the Coastguard, all rescue units were stood down at 23.25h.

087/18 - 1st August 11.42

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a kayaker in difficulty to the north of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade arrived on scene to find the casualty being recovered by Cullercoats RNLI from rocks north of the bay. Once the casualty was returned to shore and found to be safe and well the Brigade stood down.

086/18 - 31st July 16.48

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a child taken ill while coasteering Cullercoats.
The child was on rocks in Brown's Bay, not far from the previous incident, when he began to feel faint. RNLI Lifeguards again brought the casualty ashore where he was met by Cullercoats Lifeboat crew and the Brigade. Once it was established that the child was safe and well, all units stood down
.

085/18 - 31st July 15.10

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of persons cut off by the tide on the outlet pipe north of Brown's Bay, Cullercoats. The Brigade arrived on scene a few minutes later to find RNLI Lifeguards had already reached the people and were helping them back to shore. Once all concerned were safe and well the Brigade stood down.

084/18 - 30th July 19.09

One hour after the previous incident, UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a person fallen in the River Tyne near Newcastle Swing Bridge. Brigade arrived on scene shortly after to find the man had pulled himself out of the river.
Northumbria Police and other services were also present at this incident.

083/18 - 30th July 18.08

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of two persons about to be cut off by the tide on rocks below Tynemouth Priory at the south eastern point of King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth. Brigade attended the scene to find the persons had safely returned to the beach a moment before.

082/18 - 28th July 12.15

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist with a casualty evacuation from a container ship moored off the River Tyne. Tynemouth Lifeboat recovered and transported the casualty to the North Shields Ferry Terminal where the Brigade received the casualty and transferred him to hospital.

081/18 - 27th July 12.30

Around three hours after the previous incident - and once the tide had risen sufficiently - the Brigade supported an operation led by Cullercoats Lifeboat to recover the vessel. Almost 20 members of Cullercoats Lifeboat, Blyth Coastguard, Tynemouth Lifeboat and the Brigade worked together to pump water out of the vessel and to refloat her. This was a challenging task. At some points the vessel was entirely submerged by the incoming tide.
Ultimately the operation was successful and the lifeboat was able to tow her back to North Shields Fish Quay.

080/18 - 27th July 08.04

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a report of a fishing vessel running aground at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. A local fisherman had been caught broadside by a large wave that had driven his vessel ashore. The Brigade attended the scene and assisted Cullercoats Lifeboat in ensuring the casualty got to shore safely. With the tide on its way out, there was nothing more that could be done to refloat the vessel at this point. Members of the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team stayed on scene to monitor the vessel until the tide rose again.

079/18 - 26th July 16.40

Shortly after the previous incident, a member of the public contacted the Brigade to report an elderly person who had fallen in Tynemouth. Brigade members attended the incident and provided first aid and reassurance to the casualty until North East Ambulance Service paramedics arrived at the scene.

078/18 - 26th July 16.18

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a report of a swimmer in potential difficulty at sea. As Brigade members began to assemble it was confirmed that the incident was south of the Tyne and Sunderland Coastguard were tasked to deal with it instead. Blyth Coastguard were also initially tasked to this incident.

077/18 - 22nd July 21.58

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to help North East Ambulance Service extract a casualty from the Rising Sun Country Park. This was an unusual request for the Brigade to receive as most of the incidents we attend are along the coast or river. Nonetheless, a Brigade team was dispatched to the scene ready to assist but, while on route, the ambulance service confirmed they no longer needed assistance and the Brigade was stood down.

076/18 - 22nd July 19.00

Shortly after the previous incident, the Brigade was tasked to a report of three persons cut off by the tide in Brown's Bay, Cullercoats. On arrival, it was found that no persons were in danger. This was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

075/18 - 22nd July 18.21

While on a coastal patrol, the Brigade was tasked by UK Coastguard to a report of a person in distress on the cliffs near St Mary's nature reserve, Whitley Bay. As Brigade members made their way to the scene, they were stood down with other services having dealt with the situation. Northumbria Police were also in attendance.

074/18 - 21st July 21.12

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a male in distress in the River Tyne near the Millenium Bridge, Newcastle. However, the Brigade was stood down before the arrived on scene with other services having dealt with the situation. Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

073/18 - 19th July 21.07

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a dinghy in distress approximately 1 mile offshore from King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth. Tynemouth RNLI retrieved the dinghy and persons onboard and the Brigade met the casualties on shore to check them over and issue suitable safety advice.

072/18 - 18th July 03.00

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to an incident on the North Tyne pier. Brigade members arrived on scene and assisted Northumbria Police in evacuating the casualty from the pier.

071/18 - 16th July 17.16

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a paddle boarder in distress offshore from Cullercoats.
Brigade members attended the scene and observed the paddle boarder in no apparent distress. This was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

070/18 - 15th July 15.10

UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to help transfer a casualty from a lifeboat to shore. The Brigade attended the incident, aided with the casualty transfer and returned to other duties. Tynemouth RNLI, Blyth Coastguard, North East Ambulance Service and their Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance.

069/18 - 12th July 18.36

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a dinghy in distress in the River Tyne. The Brigade arrived on scene to find the dinghy in no apparent danger and observed as its crew made their way safely back to shore. This was considered a false alarm with good intent.

068/18 - 8th July 14.00

While on a local coastal patrol, the Brigade was approached by a member of the public alerting them to a dead seal on Whitley Bay beach. The Brigade examined the seal and reported details back to UK Coastguard who then arranged disposal of the carcass.

067/18 - 7th July 23.10

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of an elderly female fallen on the rocks at King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth. The Brigade assisted North East Ambulance Service and their Hazardous Area Response Team to locate the casualty who had suspected back injuries. Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

066/18 - 7th July 15.30

While on a local area patrol, the Brigade were contact by RNLI Lifeguards on Tynemouth Long Sands with a request for assistance in finding a missing child. As the Brigade arrived on scene, the child was found and the Brigade resumed patrol.

065/18 - 7th July 12.10

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a female fallen on the rocks at St Mary's Island.
The Brigade assisted North East Ambulance Service and their Hazardous Area Response Team to treat the casualty for a broken wrist and other injuries and to transfer her to the ambulance. Blyth Coastguard were also tasked to this incident.

064/18 - 4th July 17.10

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Caernarfon Airport was due to land at 17.30h. Brigade members arrived on scene just as the ambulance took the casualty to the RVI for further assessment and treatment. The Brigade vehicle was then used to transport the Helicopter winchman and his equipment back to the landing site before the Helicopter then left. The casualty brought in by the Helicopter had sustained injuries after falling approximately 15 metres while walking Hadrian's Wall near Sycamore Gap.

063/18 - 4th July 12.33

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist other emergency units who were attending to a woman threatening to self harm at Blyth Quay. As Brigade members made their way to the scene the casualty entered the water and was rescued by a combination of Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI. The casualty was then passed into the care of the North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police. Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team was also in attendance at this incident.

062/18 - 3rd July 16.04

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a  request to assist RNLI Beach Lifeguards and the North East Ambulance Service with a man who was thought to be heavily intoxicated and was slipping into and out of consciousness on the beach at Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and stood by as paramedics tended to the man and then guided him to walk to their ambulance for further assessment and treatment. At this point the Brigade stood down and the Lifeguards resumed their normal duties.

061/18 - 1st July 16.25

While 3 team members were on a local area patrol, UK Coastguard tasked them to the North Tyne Pier to investigate a report made to Northumbria Police that 2 children may have been cut off on the rocks underneath Tynemouth Priory, between the Pier and King Edward’s Bay. A search of the area was carried out by the Brigade, RNLI Beach Lifeguards, the Police Helicopter and Police officers. After 30 minutes, and with the area thoroughly searched, it was concluded that the children must have reached safety and all rescue units were stood down.

060/18 - 30th June 15.16

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after two children were spotted drifting out to sea in an inflatable boat just off Whitley Bay. The Lifeboat quickly reached the pair and brought them back to the beach where they were reunited with their parents.

059/18 - 28th June 20.03

UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to assist the North East Ambulance Service after a women fell from the south pier at Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene at the same time as the Ambulance and supported the paramedics as they made the women comfortable as she had sustained a fracture to one ankle and injured her other one too. A Brigade stretcher was then used to carry the women off the beach and to the ambulance, at which point she was taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.
Along with eight Brigade members and 3 members of the Ambulance Service, we were also joined by officers from Northumbria Police at this incident.  

058/18 - 28th June 17.40

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concern for an inflatable kayak with one person onboard which they thought was drifting out to sea at Whitley Bay. As Brigade members arrived on scene the local RNLI Beach Lifeguards confirmed that they had been observing the kayak and had seen it move around the area and did not believe the person to be in any difficulty. With Brigade members confirming that they could see no one in difficulty or requiring any assistance, the Coastguard stood the team down.

057/18 - 18th June 16.40

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet Tynemouth Lifeboat at Royal Quays Marina. The lifeboat was towing in vessel which had got into difficulties as it left the Tyne on passage to Hartlepool. Once at the marina Brigade members spent some time advising the owner of the vessel on how to update his safety equipment, which was not sufficient or in good working order, and also how to repair a number of issues with the boat. Brigade members stood down around 19.00h.

056/18 - 11th June 22.05

UK Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to carry out a welfare check after a member of the public requested help with their car which was stuck in the sand at Tynemouth Long Sands. The man had said that his car was above the high water mark, meaning that it was not the responsibility of the Coastguard to assist but they still requested a visual check to ensure that there was no risk of further harm coming to the man as he awaited recovery. A Brigade Captain arrived on scene and confirmed that the vehicle could be recovered with relative ease by a specialist recovery company and that there was no risk to the man or vehicle from the tide.

055/18 - 10th June 11.39

UK Coastguard contacted the Brigade following interference on VHF radio channel 16. This channel is the international distress and ship-to ship calling frequency. It is vital that it is kept clear as vessels in distress use this channel to transmit mayday calls. Unusually, this channel was broadcasting a local radio station. The assumption was that a vessel was accidentally transmitting on this frequency while the crew listened to the radio. This was traced to the north east coastline and the Brigade was asked to visit the local radio station to request that a message be aired asking listeners aboard vessels to check whether their radios were transmitting. UK Coastguard had been trying to contact the radio station for some time to no avail.

As two Brigade crew made their way to the radio station, UK Coastguard managed to make contact with the radio station by alternative means and the Brigade were stood down.

054/18 - 9th June 14.28

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet Tynemouth Lifeboat at Royal Quays Marina. The lifeboat was towing in a commercial angling vessel that had experienced technical difficulties while at sea. The Brigade attended the incident and spoke with the vessel's crew to gather details of the problem and to issue safety advice.

053/18 - 6th June 08.56

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to investigate a car that had been left overnight at Tynemouth Long Sands. A member of the public had raised concerns that a surfer may have entered the water and not returned. The Brigade searched the area while Northumbria Police and the Coastguard traced the owner of the vehicle. He was found safe and well some time later and the Brigade returned to station.

052/18 - 24th May 14.16

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after Northumbria Police requested assistance after a man threatened to self harm on rocks near to the North Tyne Pier. Brigade members were on scene for two hours while the Police negotiated with the man. During this time the North East Ambulance Service and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were also called in to support the emergency service response. After two hours of negotiation, the casualty agreed to be taken into Police care and all rescue units were stood down.

051/18 - 23rd May 16.42

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to support Tynemouth RNLI who had been tasked to an injured crewman aboard a yacht several miles offshore. Tynemouth RNLI brought the casualty to the Royal Quays Marina where he was met by members of the Brigade. North East Ambulance Service were also in attendance.

050/18 - 20th May 19.42

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a member of the public raised concern for two paddleboarders he could see approximately ½ a mile offshore from Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept watch as the Lifeboat quickly launched and spoke to the pair who confirmed they required no assistance and were about to return to shore.
Brigade members thanked the first informant for his vigilance and the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

049/18 - 20th May 11.08

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after they received a report that a personal water craft had broken down on the River Tyne, close to the Tyne Bridge. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene they were stood down as the craft, and the two people aboard it, had been brought to safety by another vessel.

048/18 - 19th May 14.45

While team members were on a coastal patrol UK Coastguard tasked them to assist Cullercoats RNLI who were being sent to assist a boat broken down off Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept watch on the vessel as the Lifeboat prepared to launch. However, a serious incident in South Shields meant that the Lifeboat was diverted to that area and the broken down vessel was asked to lower its anchor and await recovery – during this time the Brigade kept watch on the vessel.
The Lifeboat was able to return to the boat at around 15.30h and quickly brought it back to Cullercoats Bay. Once at the Bay Brigade members found that the boat was equipped with all the required safety equipment and was believed to have suffered engine failure. Brigade members resumed their patrol at 16.00h with nothing further of note occurring.

047/18 - 14th May 14.51

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to support Cullercoats RNLI who had been tasked to retrieve two members of the public after they had become cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept watch as the Lifeboat quickly recovered the pair and brought them ashore to the mainland.

046/18 - 12th May 16.47

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of Cullercoats RNLI reported a number of people mis-using a life ring and tombstoning into very little water on the south side of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene, retrieved the life ring and spoke to the group involved who, while refusing to stop tombstoning, listened to the advice that was given. As Brigade members left the Bay officers from Northumbria Police arrived and spoke at length to the group involved.
Brigade members then returned the life ring to its correct location on the north end of Tynemouth Long Sands.

045/18 - 7th May 17.50

As team members left Whitley Bay following the previous incident they were flagged down by members of the public to care for a man on the seafront. The man appeared to be heavily intoxicated and was unresponsive after falling and hitting his head. Team members cared for the casualty until he could be transferred into the care of the North East Ambulance Service. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.  

044/18 - 7th May 15.15

A short while later UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to assist a man who called 999 after falling near to the middle of Whitley Bay beach. Once on scene the team found that the casualty was complaining of back and neck pain. Brigade members cared for the casualty until an ambulance arrived on scene and took him to hospital.

043/18 - 7th May 13.10

While on a local area patrol near to King Edward’s Bay team members were asked by members of the public to help with an 80 year-old woman who had fallen near to the road. Brigade members found that the casualty was complaining of hip pain and Entonox was administered whilst assistance from the North East Ambulance Service was requested. Once on scene paramedics worked with Brigade members to carefully move the casualty to the ambulance which then took her to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

042/18 - 30th April 16.00

UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team with providing a safety patrol along the North Tyneside Coastline after the Environment Agency issued a flood warning to coincide with easterly winds and the high tide. Both teams sent their rescue vehicles to the affected areas and kept watch until 18.00h without any significant incidents to report.

041/18 - 27th April 00.53

UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a man threatening to self harm at Royal Quays Marina. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the man was still within the marina and was engaging with the emergency services. At around 01.40h the man was brought to safety and taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment. Along with the Brigade and RNLI, the North East Ambulance Service, Northumbria Police and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also present at this incident.

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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