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 2021. The buttons above will show the rescue calls for previous years.

Brigade incidents are co-ordinated by HM 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.

2021

Callouts To Date - 41

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
2019
2020
2021
January
3
12
5
10
4
6
5
7
11
6
9
3
5
5
4
14
11
7
2
2
9
January
February
3
14
11
10
8
9
3
4
10
6
3
4
3
4
4
10
3
9
13
6
13
February
March
12
8
8
6
5
3
7
10
11
10
5
5
6
2
3
5
6
17
5
6
15
March
April
12
5
9
12
7
12
14
10
6
13
15
7
11
9
10
9
11
9
5
9
4
April
May
12
10
7
9
6
8
13
11
16
9
14
14
10
14
6
14
15
10
14
10
 
May
June
4
8
10
16
14
19
16
15
13
17
19
8
15
12
13
6
14
8
16
13
 
June
July
7
9
10
13
22
22
19
21
20
16
24
7
23
10
24
14
9
26
29
13
 
July
August
5
13
19
9
8
14
22
24
10
17
13
12
13
9
14
25
10
13
16
11
 
August
September
8
12
9
1
11
7
14
13
14
9
7
8
8
14
11
10
9
11
15
19
 
September
October
9
4
9
5
10
19
6
12
7
7
15
6
10
10
5
14
8
11
9
5
 
October
November
10
3
8
12
3
6
8
9
9
12
8
7
6
5
9
11
11
12
5
15
 
November
December
5
3
5
4
3
4
6
11
8
7
4
10
5
9
12
6
10
8
7
8
 
December
Total
90
101
110
107
101
129
133
147
135
129
136
91
115
103
115
138
116
141
136
118
41
Total

041/21 - 8th April 00.47

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a police incident. 6 Brigade members attended the call and were on scene for 90 minutes before the incident was brought to a safe conclusion. Also in attendance at this incident were resources from the North East Ambulance Service, including their Hazardous Area Response Team, and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service.

040/21 - 3rd April 12.34

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance with rescuing a 21 year-old male who had injured an ankle on rocks north of Hartley Bay.
11 Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the man had attempted to climb up a cliff face, but had realised this would be dangerous and turned around, only to slip and hurt himself as he returned to the cliff bottom. Although in good spirits, the casualty was in a challenging location: at the bottom of a 40ft cliff and 500 metres from the closest access steps across very slippery rocks – sea conditions also meant that an extraction by Lifeboat for a casualty in a stretcher would be very difficult to complete. After feeding this information back to the Coastguard control room, a request was made for a Coastguard Rescue Helicopter to be assigned to collect the man from the rocks – with one dispatched from Prestwick Airport.
The Helicopter arrived at 14.15h and winched the man aboard before landing him on a nearby football pitch. From the pitch he was taken by land ambulance to hospital for further assessment and treatment and we wish him well in recovering from his injuries. In addition to the ambulance crew, a paramedic from the Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team also attended this call.

038 & 39/21 - 1st April 17.20

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to support Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team with two incidents that occurred simultaneously. The first request involved a man who had fallen from a structure near South Beach car park and sustained a broken leg, and the second call was to a Police incident.
As team members made their way to the scene, the Police confirmed that the casualty in the 2nd call was in a place of safety and no further assistance was required. Furthermore, the Coastguard also confirmed that sufficient Coastguard Rescue Officers from Blyth were on scene to support the man with the broken leg and so our vehicle, and the majority of members were stood down. One team member who lives near to Blyth, was already on scene when the Coastguard issued the stand down message and so remained in attendance to support Blyth Coastguard and the Ambulance Service in evacuating the man from the beach so that he could be taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.  

037/21 - 31st March 18.37

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to the north side of Cullercoats Bay where initial reports stated that a group of 4 teenagers were jumping into the sea in rough conditions, with the Brigade tasked to pass on safety advice to those involved.
Once on scene, a Brigade member approached one of the group, which was actually made up of 6 individuals who were all aged over 18, and asked them not to jump from the top of a sea wall with a fall of around 30 feet into a rocky area, which was currently covered by the high tide. Despite the request, the man jumped in and then joined the rest of the group in making their way into the Bay.
A short time later some of the group came ashore and engaged with Brigade members and officers from Northumbria Police where they explained that they were very knowledgeable of the local area and did not consider there to be any danger in tombstoning from the locations they had chosen at that time.
While the Brigade understands that certain individuals may be more experienced in local rock formations and when sea conditions may decrease the chance of injury, the risk remains that other members of the public, with less experience, will see this behaviour and replicate it at times when conditions are not as favourable, leading to serious injury or death. This point was made at length to the group involved in the call, before all rescue units then stood down at 19.00
h.

036/21 - 28th March 18.52

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend North Shields Fish Quay where a fishing vessel had reported smoke within its engine room. Although the vessel was alongside at the Quay and the crew were thought to be safe, the Brigade was asked to attend and carry out a welfare check on those involved.
As Brigade members arrived at the Quay, the skipper of the boat confirmed with the Coastguard that the smoke had now cleared and the source of the problem had been identified and rectified. The Brigade was then stood down.  

035/21 - 28th March 00.46

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist with a Police incident. As a total of 14 team members from the two teams made their way to the incident, the Police confirmed that the casualty was now in a position of safety and all rescue teams were stood down.

034/21 - 27th March 17.15

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to secure the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site in Newcastle where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Caernarfon was due to land at 17.40h. 9 Brigade members cleared the site and assisted the helicopter crew and North East Ambulance Service in transporting one casualty to hospital.

033/21 - 26th March 02.05

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a police incident. 8 team members attended the call and were on scene for 20 minutes before the incident was brought to a safe conclusion. In addition to the Brigade, the RNLI and Northumbria Police, resources from the North East Ambulance Service, including their Hazardous Area Response Team, and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance at this call.

032/21 - 22nd March 20.40

The Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI was tasked by HM Coastguard to go to King Edward’s Bay after a report was received of 4 people in the sea who may be in need of assistance. The Inshore Lifeboat, which was on a training exercise at the time of the call, was quickly at the Bay and confirmed that no one appeared to be in the water.
Brigade members arrived at the scene 30 seconds later where they were met by Police Officers who confirmed that everyone had been accounted for, with no further assistance required. All rescue resources were stood down at 20.49h – 9 minutes after being tasked to the call.  

031/21 - 22nd March 15.54

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance in responding to reports that a 21 year-old male had collapsed at King Edward’s Bay.
Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and provided initial care to the man who was a having difficulties linked to his issues with diabetes. Paramedics from the Hazardous Area Response Team soon made it to the beach and, after a short while, were able to walk the man to an awaiting vehicle for further assessment and treatment. The 10 Brigade members in attendance at the incident were stood down around 16.30h.

030/21 - 21st March 14.31

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance in locating and caring for a 78 year-old woman who had collapsed on the beach at Tynemouth Longsands.
Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and provided initial care to the lady, before a paramedic from the Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team arrived on scene. The casualty’s condition gradually improved and she was able to walk to an ambulance which then took her to hospital for further tests to try and identify the reason behind her collapse. A total of 9 Brigade members responded to the call, with the team stood down shortly after 3.30pm.

029/21 - 20th March 18.18

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI as part of a multi-agency response to a report of a person in the water at Tynemouth. One casualty was recovered from the water by the Lifeboat and then brought to Cullercoats Bay where they received medical care from the North East Ambulance Service, including their Hazardous Area Response Team, and also from a team from the Great North Air Ambulance Service. The casualty was then taken to hospital. Officers from Northumbria Police also attended the call.
A total of 11 Brigade members volunteered on scene for one hour, with all rescue units stood down at 19.19h.

028/21 - 20th March 13.34

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after receiving a report that a paddleboarder had been blown offshore from Tynemouth Longsands.
Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a watch on the casualty, who was now located next to a fishing boat which had gone to his aid. The Lifeboat then quickly arrived on scene and found that the man on the board required no medical assistance, but was very grateful for a lift back to the beach as he was struggling against the offshore wind.
The Lifeboat then returned the casualty to the beach, and after a quick word with two Brigade members, he then left the area. All rescue units were stood down within 15 minutes of being tasked to the incident.

027/21 - 18th March 22.59

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a police incident. 7 team members attended the call and were on scene for 20 minutes before the incident was brought to a safe conclusion. In addition to the Brigade, the RNLI and Northumbria Police, resources from the North East Ambulance Service, including their Hazardous Area Response Team, and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance at this call.

026/21 - 18th March 11.07

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concern for the safety of a paddleboarder they could see located at the south end of Whitley Bay who was approximately half a mile offshore and appeared to be making no progress back to shore.
Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the man for around 5 minutes as he sat on his board and appeared to be making a phone call. After a short period the man then started paddling to the north and appeared to be in no difficulty – this information was relayed to the Coastguard and the Brigade was stood down at 11.25h.

025/21 - 17th March 19.15

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team & Cullercoats RNLI after Northumbria Police reported that a person was in the water at the south end of Whitley Bay beach. 15 Brigade members responded to the call with the team providing first aid to the casualty before extracting them off to the beach so that they could be taken to hospital by the North East Ambulance Service for further assessment and treatment. All rescue units were stood down at 19.45h.

024/21 - 15th March 09.53

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after a report was received of a yacht aground near to Dolphin Quay on the north side of the River Tyne just upriver of the Fish Quay. The Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene and confirmed that the vessel was aground but that the crew were not in any immediate danger. The decision was made to leave the crew and yacht in position, with an expectation that the yacht would free herself as the tide rose. The Coastguard confirmed that they were happy with this plan and all rescue teams were stood down.
The yacht did indeed then float off the riverbank at around lunchtime.

023/21 - 12th March 16.08

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the mechanic at Cullercoats RNLI, who was at their station, raised concerns for the safety of a group of three men, who were on 2 stand up paddle boards and an inflatable kayak just off Cullercoats Bay. One of the group appeared to be having difficulty staying on his board, and had spent a concerning period of time in the water. With offshore winds, there was also concern that the group may be unable to safely return to land.

As Brigade members made their way to the area with a request to locate and observe the group, the Lifeboat mechanic asked for the immediate launch of the boat as he was becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of the man in the water.

The Lifeboat quickly launched and escorted the three back to the safety of the Bay. They were then given safety advice regarding being sure that wind conditions are appropriate for their activities, before all rescue units were stood down at 16.30h.

022/21 - 28th February 15.41

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after a member of the public reported that their dog had fallen over a cliff at Crag Point, just to the south of Collywell Bay. With both teams working together, a Brigade Technician was lowered down the cliff and recovered the dog. He was then recovered to the cliff top and the dog was passed back into the care of its owner. Regrettably, the dog did not survive the fall and we send our condolences to the owners.

021/21 - 27th February 21.46

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide shore side support to Tynemouth RNLI as they were tasked to a fishing vessel that had ran aground along the River Tyne after picking something up from the riverbed due to very low spring tides which led the rudder to jam.
The Lifeboat first brought the vessel off a sand bank that it had become stuck on, and then skilfully brought the vessel alongside, which was complicated by the boat having very little manoeuvrability due to the rudder being stuck facing starboard.
The crew of the Lifeboat managed to counter this by attaching their boat to the port side of the fishing vessel which countered the rudder and then brought her, and her four man crew, safely into the Fish Quay. The Brigade was stood down shortly after 11pm.

020/21 - 26th February 13.57

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for the safety of two people he could see off the north end of Tynemouth Longsands. The caller was unsure if the pair were on surfboards and was concerned for their wellbeing.
A Brigade member was on scene within five minutes of the call and arrived to find the pair returning safely to the beach – they explained that they had not been in any difficulty and had been enjoying a paddle on their boards, but had intentionally gone offshore to avoid the rocks between Longsands and Cullercoats Bay. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

019/21 - 25th February 12.50

As team members assisted with the incident at Whitley Bay, HM Coastguard received a report of a separate incident at Hartley Bay where a 21-year-old male had fallen on rocks and suffered suspected ankle and spinal injuries. Although he had managed to move towards the access steps, the casualty reported that he was in a great deal of pain and unable to go any further.
Coastguard Rescue Officers from Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were first to reach the man and gave immediate first aid, before Brigade members arrived with additional pain relief. The casualty was then transferred to a stretcher and carefully moved up the access steps – which are narrow and challenging and required both teams to work closely together to ensure the casualty remained as comfortable as possible. Once up the stairs the man was then transferred to the ambulance and taken to hospital.

018/21 - 25th February 12.32

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service received a call that a 74-year-old woman had fallen on Whitley Bay beach and sustained a possible dislocated hip. After receiving assistance from members of the public, a crew from the Ambulance Service arrived on scene and found that the casualty was in a potentially life threatening position due to the incoming tide, which was about to reach her. With moments to spare, the crew used a stretcher to move the casualty, who was in a great deal of pain, up the beach to a place of safety, before Brigade members then assisted in carrying her the 100 metres to the ambulance. The lady was then taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

017/21 - 25th February 01.18

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI after Northumbria Police asked for assistance in searching for a missing person between Cullercoats and Whitley Bay.
After 45 minutes, with search teams deployed throughout the coastal area, the Police confirmed the casualty had been located elsewhere and all rescue resources were stood down.

016/21 - 24th February 05.03

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a police incident. 9 team members attended the call and were on scene for one hour before the incident was brought to a safe conclusion. In addition to the Brigade, the RNLI and Northumbria Police, resources from the North East Ambulance Service, including their Hazardous Area Response Team, and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance at this call.

015/21 - 23rd February 19.29

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI to assist with a police incident. Team members from the Brigade and Coastguard Rescue Team quickly arrived on scene and assisted the Police in bringing the incident to a fast and safe outcome. All rescue units were stood down at 19.50h.

014/21 - 22nd February 17.17

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after receiving a 999 call from one of two boys who had become cut off by the tide on rocks to the north of Cullercoats Bay. The pair, who were both very concerned that they may be hit by waves that were breaking near to the rocks, were offered reassurance by the Coastguard control room as rescue resources quickly made their way to them. As a Brigade water team provided cover from the rocks, the Lifeboat was able to manoeuvre to within a few feet of the pair, who were then directed to carefully wade across to the boat.
The Lifeboat then brought the boys back into Cullercoats Bay, where after a quick check confirmed they were OK, they then left the area after thanking all involved for their assistance.

013/21 - 22nd February 12.25

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after ‘Rocco’, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, slipped over a cliff edge on the path to the north of Hartley Bay.
Although the cliff was not a sheer drop, the muddy terrain meant that the dog was unable to make its way back to the top, and slipped to the bottom on a number of occasions. Once on scene the two teams set up a rope rescue system to rescue the dog as it remained on the cliff, while two Coastguards walked around to the cliff bottom via the rocks. Just as the rope team were about to deploy, Rocco slipped again to the cliff bottom, but thankfully did not sustain any significant injuries. He was then cajoled to safety by the team on the rocks and reunited with his very grateful owner.

012/21 - 18th February 12.39

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service received a report that a dog had fallen over the cliff wall just outside the main entrance to Tynemouth Priory, and was now on a ledge around 40ft above King Edward’s Bay. As emergency services arrived on scene it became apparent that the owner of the dog was also now part way up the cliff as he attempted to rescue his animal. As a firefighter approach the dog, which was a large husky, it jumped from the ledge it was on and made its way back onto the beach, with the owner also making his own way down the cliff. With dog and owner now in a place of safety, all emergency services were stood down and returned to their respective stations.

011/21 - 14th February 23.55

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist the North East Ambulance Service with a casualty who was reported to have collapsed on Tynemouth Long Sands and was suffering from a number of fitting episodes. Brigade members provided initial casualty care and used their specialist rescue vehicle to transport an Ambulance crew the 200 metres across the beach from the access ramp to the casualty. A Brigade stretcher was then used to carry the casualty off the beach so that they could be taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.  

010/21 - 13th February 15.07

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team & Cullercoats RNLI after a person entered the water at Whitley Bay beach. The casualty was on the shoreline when he was assisted to a promenade by officers from Northumbria Police before receiving medical attention. The man, who was conscious but suffering from hypothermia, was then taken to hospital by the North East Ambulance Service for further assessment and treatment.

009/21 - 26th January 12.06

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Tynemouth RNLI with the berthing of a vessel at Royal Quays Marina after it had reported suspected mechanical failure. As Brigade members made their way towards the Marina, the Lifeboat confirmed that shore side assistance was not essential, and so, given the ongoing risks of Covid-19, the Brigade was stood down and the incident was left in the care of the RNLI.

008/21 - 25th January 06.20

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of public contacted them with concerns that a fishing boat was very close inshore just off the southern end of Whitley Bay. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and confirmed that a boat appeared to be tending to its pots – quite close to shore – but not in a position of concern. HM Coastguard then spoke to the vessel via VHF radio who confirmed that all was well onboard. At this point the Brigade was stood down and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

007/21 - 21st January 20.37

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist at a multi-agency incident in the North Shields area. 10 team members were on scene for one hour before the incident was brought to a successful conclusion. Also in attendance at this incident were Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service including their Hazardous Area Response Team, and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service including a specialist rope rescue team.

006/21 - 17th January 09.09

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public dialled 999 and raised concern for a person on a longboard, who did not appear to have a paddle, who they had witnessed heading south from Cullercoats Bay and then lost sight of.
Seven Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a search between Tynemouth Longsands and Cullercoats Bay, and quickly located a person who matched the description given. After observing them for 10 minutes and watching them make a gentle return to shore, the Brigade and Coastguard agreed that there was no sign of anyone requiring further assistance. At this point the rescue team was stood down and call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.  

005/21 - 14th January 15.59

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a  request to prepare the Helicopter Landing Site at Richardson Road in Newcastle for the arrival of the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter based at Humberside Airport. The Helicopter was transferring a workman from an oil rig based in the North Sea who had a medical condition which required hospital treatment. With Brigade members securing the area with support from officers from Northumbria Police, the Helicopter landed at 16.55h and the casualty was walked to an awaiting ambulance from the North East Ambulance Service who took him to hospital for further assessment and treatment. The Brigade was stood down at 17.05h when the Helicopter left the area.

004/21 - 12th January 19.28

HM Coastguard (Humber Coastguard) paged the Brigade after they received a 999 call reporting a possible red flare between the North Tyne Pier and Whitley Bay. Brigade members carried out a search of the local area with nothing untoward located and also spoke to a number of fishermen on Tynemouth Longsands who reported that they had not witnessed any flares either. The coastguard control room also spoke to a number of vessels in the local area, all who also confirmed no sightings of any flares. At 8pm, with no further flare reports and no information of any overdue or missing boats, the Brigade was stood down and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

003/21 - 10th January 21.53

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist at a multi-agency incident in the North Shields area. 9 team members were on scene for 25 minutes before the incident was brought to a successful conclusion. Also in attendance at this incident were Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service including their Hazardous Area Response Team, and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service including specialist rope and water teams.

002/21 - 4th January 18.09

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to support Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service with an incident near to Cullercoats. 10 team members responded to the call, but as they arrived on scene they found that the casualty was now in a position of safety and was receiving care from the Police and Ambulance service with no further assistance from the Brigade required.

001/21 - 2nd January 17.04

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the North Tyne Pier after officers from Northumbria Police had noticed that several fishermen were on the pier and that it was being covered by large breaking waves. As 11 Brigade members arrived on scene the Police confirmed that they had made contact with some of the fishermen, who had then passed the word on to the others that they needed to leave. The Brigade then assisted the remaining men off the pier before the Police confirmed that the they were happy no one remained in danger and all rescue units stood down at 17.25h

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