Initial Response Team Calls - 90 Backup Response Team Calls - 12
090/01 - 29th
December 22.07h IRT
Coastguard to prepare the helicopter-landing site (HLS) at the Freeman hospital
in Newcastle, to meet RAF Sea King 'Rescue 128' from Leckenfield, which had
picked up a seriously ill baby and medical team from Liverpool for specialist
treatment here. As the crew of Rescue 128 had been working for 14 hours, Rescue
131, the Sea King from Boulmer was tasked to take over and stand by to return
the medical team and their equipment to Liverpool. The Brigade was stood down at
01.00h, and returned to station.
089/01 - 26th
December 03.05h IRT
The TVLB and
Tynemouth Lifeboat were paged in the early hours to respond to a report of a red
flare near St. Mary's island. While the lifeboat began a search at sea, members
of the brigade went to the first informant’s home to work out exactly where
the flare was spotted. It soon became apparent that it had been set of from the
land, and that this was a false alarm with good intent, caused by the
irresponsible actions of another. The brigade and lifeboat were stood down, and
returned to the warmth.
088/01 - 23rd
December 17.00h IRT
requested that the brigade make way to the helicopter-landing site to meet the
RAF Sea King. They were flying in a crewman from an oilrig stand by boat that
was suspected to be suffering with meningitis. The aircraft was met by the TVLB,
Fire services, police and the paramedics, and the casualty was transferred to
the ambulance to be taken for treatment.
087/01 - 13th
December 12.20h IRT + BRT
by Coastguard to begin a search for a man that had been reported missing, and
who was thought to be suicidal. A full search was initiated including the mobilisation
of the Backup Response Team, but after two hours
the team was stood down when the man was located.
086/01 - 2nd
December 10.30h IRT + BRT
by Coastguard after the Police had requested assistance, after a man had been
reported covered in blood walking into the sea from Whitley Bay beach. Cullercoats
Lifeboat, who was training in the area, was sent to the scene to begin a search
along with the TVLB Backup Response Team. The police
helicopter, Blyth lifeboat and the RAF Sea King from Boulmer were also tasked
to the area. After an extensive search of the coastline, the man was found and
taken into police custody, and all search teams were stood down after over 2
hours of searching.
085/01 - 22nd
November 20.10h IRT + BRT
TVLB including its Backup Respone Team, Tynemouth
lifeboats and the police were called, after reports that a man fishing on the
north pier had been swept into the sea by the massive waves breaking over it.
The Brigade climbed the locked fence at the entrance to the pier and made their
way along to where the man went into the water, braving the waves themselves.
The Police helicopter began to search the water inside the pier with the inshore
lifeboat 'Cromer Smuggler' while the All Weather Lifeboat checked the river
mouth. The helicopter directed the inshore boat to the casualty in the water
near the pier end, and they made their way to him through extremely rough conditions
with the waves from the pier landing on them. They recovered the casualty, and
transferred him to the larger boat so medical aid could be carried out while
they made their way to the North Shields ferry landing to meet with the paramedics.
The TVLB on the pier began to clear the remaining fishermen, while the vehicle
went to the ferry landing to assist with the transfer of the casualty.
despite the continuous best efforts of the lifeboat crew and the paramedics, the
man was pronounced dead later that evening.
084/01 - 19th
November 21.54h IRT
Coastguard paged the TVLB after reports of a red flare at North Shields Fish
Quay. The team began a search of the area for any vessels in distress, but
nothing was found. Again, another false alarm.
083/01 - 17th
November 18.00h IRT
were requested to make their way to North Shields Fish quay, where Tynemouth
Lifeboat was towing a fishing boat, the Wayfarer, in. A fire had started in the
engine room, and the crew had closed the hatches and called for assistance. The
boat was brought alongside the quay, where it was met by the TVLB, and a number
of firemen. After taking details, the TVLB returned to station while the Fire
Brigade dealt with the vessel.
082/01 - 10th
November 19.00h IRT
A member of
the public on the south side of the river spotted a red distress flare over the
Royal Quays Marina. The team made their way to the area, and checked with the
marina staff and nearby fishermen, who reported that the flare was further
inland. It seemed to have been used as part of a late fireworks display, and the
TVLB were stood down.
081/01 - 8th
November 19.38h IRT
the RVI landing site to meet Rescue Helicopter 177, which was bringing a
casualty with head and back injuries from Cumbria. The patient, medical team and
two of the aircraft crew went to Newcastle General Hospital, and the TVLB
Landrover followed to bring the airmen and their equipment back to the landing
080/01 - 8th
November 00.15h IRT
helicopter 128 was due to land at the RVI site to pick up a patient with severe
pneumonia. The casualty was due to be flown to Leicester for treatment, but due
to severe weather conditions, the aircraft was grounded at Newcastle airport
079/01 - 7th
November 22.30h IRT
assist with the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team, who were brought in to deal
with a mine that had been brought onboard a fishing vessel. The mine was
detonated at 0.30h.
078/01 - 3rd
November 03.00h IRT
requested that both the TVLB and Tynemouth ILB be sent to the Swing Bridge in
Newcastle, where a woman had climbed onto the roof. She was throwing glass from
the windows toward the police below, and threatening to jump. The TVLB arrived
on scene, and kept the Coastguard informed of any developments on the scene. The
woman was finally brought down at 04.00h and the TVLB retuned home to bed.
077/01 - 2nd
November 17.44h IRT
Coastguard after reports of a red flare seen at the mouth of the Tyne. Tynemouth
lifeboat, South Shields VLB, Sunderland VLB and Sunderland Coastguard were all
tasked as it became apparent that the flare was launched from south of the
river. The TVLB stood down, and the search continued for some time until all
teams were finally released to return to station.
076/01 - 30th
October 23.00h IRT + BRT
Coastguard was alerted to a woman entering the water in Whitley Bay by her sister.
She was reported as injured, and the full Backup Response
Team were tasked to begin a search. Cullercoats lifeboat began a close
search of the shore, while the Police helicopter searched from the air. The
TVLB searched along the shoreline both on foot, and using the Landrover.
The woman was eventually found walking home to Blyth by the Police, and passed
into the care of the paramedics. All teams were stood down and returned.
075/01 - 28th
October 16.44h IRT
The Fire Brigade requested support after a report of man and
child on the cliff south of Cullercoats bay. The TVLB arrived to find that the
Fire Brigade had walked man and frightened child from outcrop of rock. Humber
Coastguard commented on how rapid the response was and how impressed they were
at the level of personnel attending the incident
074/01 - 23rd
October 15.00h IRT
The team were asked to attend the
helicopter-landing site in Newcastle to meet the RAF helicopter, which was
airlifting a man with heart problems. Due to the reluctance of the watching
public to do as suggested, and move away from the proposed landing site, the
pilot had to abort his first attempt at setting down, as he considered that the
people on the ground were at risk. When the aircraft landed, it was than
difficult to keep people away from the helicopter, as they were unaware of the
risk that is posed. The casualty was transferred to the ambulance, and taken to
If the casualty was in urgent need of specialist
medical attention, the delay in landing could have put him at serious risk, but
it is a regular occurrence on the majority of rescues where the public like
to be as close as they can to the 'action' even when it can compromise the
073/01 - 23rd
October 08.10h IRT + BRT
Pagers activated by Coastguard
on request of the police, who required the Backup
Response Team to start looking for a 67 year
old man who was reported missing from his home in Cullercoats. Two teams began
a coastal search from St. Georges church north to St Mary's Island, and south
to the Priory. The teams worked inland in fields and parks as well as nearby
The team were stood down at 11.45h, after a body
was found near the missing mans home.
072/01 - 17th
October 15.00h IRT
Requested to attend the Richardson Road landing
site, where the RAF Sea King helicopter was due to land with an injured oilrig
crewman. The TVLB had to spend a lot of time moving the herd of cows, which were
determined to stay in the part of the field that the aircraft lands in. After a
lot of persuasion, they were moved out of the way, but kept trying to come back,
and had to be reminded to keep out of the way with much flapping of arms and a
stern talking to. The helicopter arrived at 15.30h, and its flight path took it
directly over the cows, scattering them about the field, and one even managed to
clear a 4-foot high fence, and ran off into Leazes Park. The aircraft landed
safely, and the crewman was carried to the waiting ambulance, as he had fallen
down a ladder, badly cutting his leg to the point where the bone had been
exposed. He was taken to hospital, and the Sea King took off and returned to
base, while the Brigade contacted Coastguard to get them to inform the police of
the missing cow, so someone could come out to find it.
071/01 - 17th
October 00.09h IRT
Paged by Humber to proceed to North Shields fish
quay, where a crewman had fallen from his boat into the Tyne. The Scottish
crewman had fallen while stepping from the quayside to the fishing boat berthed
alongside, hitting his head on the way down. A crewman from a neighbouring
vessel went to his aid, and a rope was tied under his arms to haul him out of
the water. The first member of the IRT arrived on scene at 00.14, and as the
fishing boat crew had placed the casualty in the recovery position, only had to
check that his airway was clear and he was breathing. Humber were informed of
the exact location of the casualty to inform ambulance control, which arrived
shortly afterwards. Mr. Ross was taken to hospital for treatment, as his
condition was apparently quite serious, while the police took details from
witnesses and the other boat crew.
Tynemouth Lifeboat was also paged, but as the
casualty was out of the water, they were asked to stand down before they
070/01 - 14th
October 13.00h IRT
Coastguard called the IRT to make way to Browns
Bay, where a diver was reported in difficulty. The first of the team on scene
spoke to the diver, who had been brought ashore by the others in his group,
after he found himself unable to swim against the run of the tide due to
fatigue. Paramedics arrived and checked him over, before allowing him to go.
TVLB took details to pass on to Humber Coastguard.
069/01 - 14th
October 06.55h IRT
Paged by Coastguard after they had received a
call from a fishing boat 1/2 mile off the Tyne, reporting a collision. The
Alun-Nic had apparently struck the Sea Star, putting a hole in its
side above the water line. The TVLB were asked to check to condition of
both vessels and their crew at North Shields fish quay. The Alun-Nic was
undamaged and returned to sea to continue fishing, while the Sea Star continued
upriver to Willington Quay. The crew on the Sea Star were unhurt, but a bit
shaken, and after getting details the TVLB returned to station.
068/01 - 5th
October 17.45h IRT
Humber coastguard received a call that 4
children were in the water off the Rex hotel, and appeared to be in
difficulties. The TVLB and Cullercoats Lifeboat were called, but on arrival, the
children had made their own way to the shore. Apparently they were just playing,
and weren't in trouble. This was a well-intentioned false alarm, and as the seas
were running quite high, it could easily have turned nasty for them.
067/01 - 23rd
September 14.20h IRT
A 999 call had been received by coastguard
saying that a parachute surfer was in difficulty off King Edwards Bay, and the
TVLB were tasked to investigate. The man had landed badly, and had to let go of
his parachute kite, which was propelling him through the surf, as he risked
breaking his leg when it re-inflated. He managed to swim back to the shore and
recover the board and kite. The member of the TVLB on scene made sure that he
was safe and well, and took details.
066/01 - 23rd
The Brigade was also tasked to rescue a driver
who had managed to get his car stuck in the sand in Cullercoats Bay. He was
recovered using the winch on the rescue vehicle, and I promised that I wouldn't
say too much about this on the site, but it can happen to anyone, really...
065/01 - 22nd
September 16.05h IRT
The rescue team were paged by Coastguard, who
had received a request from the police to provide radio communications between a
BBC film crew and the Sea King helicopter. The filming was for a new series of
‘Junior 999’, which tells the 'real' story of accidents and rescues. It
turned out that this incident was one that the TVLB attended, and to a degree
ran. Our team was first on scene, before the paramedics, first to the casualty,
requested the rescue helicopter, and assisted in protecting the casualty from
the aircrafts down blast and with the winching. For some reason the TVLB were
not asked to attend the filming, even after the production team had been given a
report from the Coastguard, and after the paramedics involved in the incident
told the BBC film crew of our involvement. An e-mail has been sent to the BBC
expressing our feelings towards being ignored, and we would like to inform the
people reading this that, as they watch a re-enactment of a man who has fallen
on rocks in Whitley Bay, that the portrayal of the incident is false and in
One good thing to come of this was the chance to
see Donald again, this time on his feet, and to meet him and his brave daughter
in better circumstances. I personally don't do this for the fame, because quite
honestly, we don't get any. But for a charity, who are doing our best to raise
money to provide the best service we can, the occasional recognition wouldn't do
us any harm. What I do it for was when Donald came up and said 'Thanks' and I am
certain that would go for the rest of the team as well.
064/01 - 18th
September 16.05h IRT
A 999 call was received reporting that a surfer
was in difficulty off the Briar Dene in Whitley Bay. Members of the TVLB and
North Tyneside lifeguards searched from the shore, while Cullercoats Inshore
Lifeboat braved the very heavy seas to search the water. Due to the high winds
and breaking waves, the crew of the lifeboat showed great skill in launching,
searching and returning the boat. Good work well done, and thankfully no one was
found to be in distress.
063/01 - 12th
September 17.18h IRT
A member of the public reported two boys
apparently in difficulty on the Bears Back rocks south of Cullercoats Bay. On
arrival it was seen that they were some of the locals, who are often seen in
that area. Both the lifeguards and ourselves advised them to move to a safer
place to swim, and the woman who spotted them was thanked for being observant.
062/01 - 10th
September 22.10h IRT + BRT
Up Response Team was tasked to begin a full search of the Whitley Bay
coastline. The police had found two body boards and two pairs of shoes left
on the promenade, and had requested their helicopter to begin a search of the
area. The Coastguard was informed and both the TVLB and Cullercoats lifeboat
were sent to the scene to assist with the search. Four TVLB teams set out, covering
an area from St. Mary's island, down to the High Point Hotel. The crew of Cullercoats
lifeboat began a close shore search, in rough seas. After extensive searching
of the beach and water, and with nothing found, the search was stood down and
all teams returned.
061/01 - 7th
September 19.40h IRT
Called to attend the helicopter-landing site,
where a 55-year-old man was being airlifted by the Sea King from a ferry in the
North Sea. He had suffered a heart attack on the outward journey, and both he
and his wife were flown to the HLS, where he was transferred into the care of
060/01 - 6th
September 08.55h IRT
Paged by Coastguard to attend RVI Helicopter
landing site, where a fisherman was being airlifted by Sea King from a vessel 50
miles out to sea. He had been struck by a cable on deck, and sustained quite
severe injuries to his chest, face, arm and leg. The TVLB arrived, and liased
with the paramedics and Coastguard, preparing the landing site. The aircraft
arrived, and the fisherman was carried from the helicopter to the ambulance, and
then transported to the accident and emergency department of Newcastle General
Hospital for treatment.
059/01 - 6th
September 11.30h IRT
Called to assist Cullercoats lifeboat who were
recovering a fishing vessel 1.5 miles off Whitley Bay. TVLB stood watch while
the boat brought the vessel to safety, and took details to pass to Coastguard.
058/01 - 27th
August 23.01h IRT
Door staff at the Tuxedo Princess (a floating
nightclub on the Tyne) had reported to police that they had heard a loud splash
from the bow of the boat/club. The police helicopter and ground units
conducted an initial search of the area, before Tynemouth ILB and the TVLB
arrived to begin a search of the river. After an extensive search by Tynemouth
ILB it was decided to stand down and return to station, with nothing found.
057/01 - 22nd
August 21.35h IRT
As we were leaving the Watch House after weekly
training, the team were paged to reports of red distress flares spotted off the
coast near St. Mary's lighthouse. It was discovered that, due to the off-shore
mist, the light flashing on top of the mine buoy was being reflected, and looked
like a flare. This was a well-intentioned false alarm, and it is good to see
that people are still looking out to sea and knows what to do!
056/01 - 15th
August 18.44h IRT
Requested to proceed to Newcastle Business Park,
where a boat was reported as broken down. Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat found the
stricken vessel, and took it under tow to its moorings at the Royal Quays.
055/01 - 9th
August 20.42h IRT
Paged by HM Coastguard at 20.42h
after a report from police that there had been a collision between two boats
in-between the Millennium and Swing bridges. TVLB arrived on scene and liased
with Police and Fire brigade, as Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat made their way to
the incident scene. Three men had taken a small 9m inflatable boat from moorings
upriver of the Tyne Bridge, and were making their way past a boat from HMS Calliope,
crewed by 10 Navy Cadets. The rib collided with the cadet’s launch, and then
careered toward the south quayside. The inflatable struck the quayside, throwing
two of the occupants into it and then into the river. The third fell directly
into the water, and two were recovered by the cadets and taken to the shore.
A life belt was thrown from the shore to the third man in the water, but he appeared to be unconscious and he floated past. A search was initially conducted by the Police helicopter using its thermal imaging camera initially conducted a search. A full search was then conducted by the police, fire brigade, the TVLB, Tynemouth ILB, the Fireboat, a Police Rib and one of the Tyne Harbour Pilot boats. The casualty who had hit the wall was taken to hospital by paramedics with head injuries. The TVLB and Tynemouth ILB were stood down at 22.20h
Update - just
over a week after the incident, the missing man was found a short distance from
where he was last seen. A sad final outcome for the incident.
054/01 - 5th
August 17.20h IRT
Coastguard requested that the TVLB
vehicle, out on local patrol, headed to Blyth as a 19ft yacht was drifting toward
the piers without power. Blyth lifeboat had also launched, and was making its
way to the stricken craft. The lifeboat brought the boat to Blyth yacht club
under tow, and the TVLB checked that the owner was well, and took details to
pass to Coastguard.
053/01 - 29th July
The full Backup
Response Team were requested by Coastguard, after they had taken a 999
call from a person in the public phone box above King Edward's Bay, stating
that his friend was drunk and had gone swimming in his boxer shorts. The TVLB
arrived on scene and began a search of the shore, while Cullercoats Lifeboat
started a sweep of the bay using parachute flares to light the area. The Police
helicopter also arrived, and used its searchlight and thermal imaging camera
to search the bay from the air. It was suspected from the outset that the incident
was a hoax, from inconsistencies in the information given by the caller. All
teams were stood down after these were confirmed by Coastguard and the Police,
and returned to station.
After a busy day at the coast, with over 17
incidents handled by Tyne Tees Coastguard, it was lucky that a real incident
hadn't begun, while all of these resources were occupied on a malicious hoax.
052/01 - 29th July
Coastguard tasked Blyth Auxiliary Coastguard
team to attend an incident where a man in his 20s had fallen over 30 foot into
the water at the west pier in Blyth harbour. The TVLB were asked to also attend
the incident and assist the Blyth team. The man, who had suffered head injuries
in the fall, was recovered, and taken to the waiting ambulance. This is a good
example of how neighbouring teams are always available to assist each other with
incidents if required, and even though the Brigade is not part of HM Coastguard,
we do have a good relationship with our northern neighbour.
051/01 - 29th July
A member of the TVLB was tasked by Coastguard to
meet a vessel which was being towed into the Tyne by Sunderland Lifeboat, who
had already been involved in a major incident off Easington, south of the Tyne.
Just as the vessel was making it's way to its moorings, the team were called to
the incident above.
050/01 - 29th July
14.10h IRT + BRT
Paramedics on the way to an incident
above the Tynemouth Haven requested the assistance of the TVLB to help recover
a disabled woman who had fallen over 20 foot from the path. The first of the
team arrived and liased with the Paramedics, before requesting the Backup
Response Team and getting the Landrover with
help from Ian, a crewmember from Cullercoats Lifeboat crew. Brigade member Michael
was prepared for lowering down to the casualty, along with Paddy, one of the
paramedics. As the rest of the team arrived on scene and prepared the gear for
the lifting of the woman, the police had to keep the watching crowds away from
the scene of the incident. Rescue 131 and the Air Ambulance were both out on
other rescues, which limited the options for how we were going to recover the
casualty. The Fire Brigade arrived, along with their Line Rescue team,
who began to prepare their gear to assist the TVLB with the incident. With close
co-operation between the two teams, the TVLB and Fire Brigade safely lifted
the injured woman to safety, where the ambulance took her to the local hospital.
We later learned that other than cuts and bruises, the woman was well.
049/01 - 3rd July
20.20h IRT + BRT
A dive team reported that there
was a member of their group overdue surfacing, and the TVLB as well as the local
lifeboats were tasked to search for her. The full search team (Backup
Response Team) was tasked to begin a shore
search from the north pier around to the south of Tynemouth Longsands. As the
team began to muster, the diver was found safe and well, allowing all teams
to stand down.
048/01 - 3rd July
Urgent request from Coastguard to respond to a
999 call reporting two boys in difficulty at the north end of Tynemouth
Longsands. On arrival, it was found that the two 14-year-olds had swam from the
Bears Back rocks to the shore in rising seas, but stated that they weren't in
any danger. Cullercoats lifeboat also quickly launched, but were asked to return
to station when the casualties were found to be ashore.
047/01 - 3rd July
Paged by HM Coastguard to attend the
helicopter-landing site at Newcastle, where a fisherman was being airlifted with
severe head injuries. He had fallen onto the deck of the fishing vessel, and was
winched from it by the RAF Sea King 10 miles off Holy Island. The crewman was
assisted to the ambulance, and taken to hospital for treatment.
046/01 - 18th June
Called to attend an incident at the new
Millennium Bridge. A man had jumped into the water, and was being washed down
river, with people on the shore throwing life belts to assist him. Tynemouth
Inshore Lifeboat, and the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were tasked to attend
and South Shields VLB, who were at their watch-house training, also
offered their services and were sent to assist by Coastguard. Both
VLBs arrived on scene and began a search of the incident area. The casualty was
rescued by the Police marine unit, who brought him in a very wet and muddy
condition to the shore next to HMS Calliope. He was then passed to the care of
the paramedics on scene.
045/01 - 18th
Paged by Coastguard to attend the Newcastle
General Hospital helicopter-landing site, where the RAF Sea King was due to
arrive with a casualty from Holy Island. An elderly woman had fallen down stairs
while visiting the island, resulting in head injuries. Sadly, and despite the
best efforts of Holy Island coastguard team and the RAF aircrew, the woman did
not survive the incident. The aircraft was then re-directed to Wansbeck
hospital, and the TVLB were stood down.
044/01 - 17th June
Call by Coastguard to attend an incident on the
western side of the Tyne Bridge where a man had been reported as hanging off and
threatening to jump. Tynemouth Lifeboat and the TVLB were tasked to attend. The
Brigade arrived on scene and spoke to the Police officer in charge, while
contacting the Coastguard and lifeboat to inform them of the situation. As one
of the Police boats, and Tynemouth ILB arrived on scene, the 25 year old man was
brought over the railings and taken to safety. The Brigade and Lifeboat were
stood down and returned to station.
043/01 - 10th
Paged by Coastguard to respond to a 999 call
reporting 4 persons in the water at Browns Bay. TVLB and the police arrived on
scene and began a shoreline search. The police helicopter arrived soon after and
assisted with an aerial search of the area. The North Tyneside Council
Lifeguards made their way to the cliffs from the harbour, while Cullercoats
inshore lifeboat launched to check the area from the sea. The police air support
unit was re-tasked and left the area while the ground and water search
continued, and the police spoke to the first informant and people in the area
who may have seen something. The Coastguard had also requested the assistance of
the RAF Sea King from Boulmer to take over the air search. It was found that
there had been people in wetsuits jumping from the cliffs into the water, and
had left the area when the police and Brigade arrived. The search was concluded
and all units were stood down and returned to their stations.
042/01 - 29th May
Responded to a 999 call to Coastguard reporting
two people in the water in Brown's Bay. The TVLB were tasked to attend and see
if the lifeboat was required. Police ground units and helicopter were also on
scene, with the helicopter seeing that they had made their way to shore, where
Police and Brigade took details from them.
041/01 - 27th May
Coastguard requested that the TVLB begin a
search for a 9-year-old boy reported missing to the lifeguards at Cullercoats
Bay. The surrounding area was searched by the Brigade, Police and members of
North Tyneside Lifeguards. Although the lifeboat wasn't launched, some of the
local crew came to offer their assistance with the search. As well as the coast,
the search went inland to the local
metro station, as the missing boys brother was seen heading that way. After
discussions with police, and extensive searching, it was thought that his
brother had found the child, and they had made their own way home. The police
sent an officer to their address, and the Brigade was stood down.
040/01 - 27th May
Page from Coastguard to attend an incident at
the Swing Bridge, where someone had jumped off into the Tyne. Just after the
pagers had been set off, the police called to say that the man had been
recovered from the water, resulting in an immediate stand down for the Brigade.
It was later reported that the man had become stuck in the mud, and was rescued
by an off duty policeman.
039/01 - 22nd May
Request by Coastguard to prepare the
helicopter-landing site in Newcastle, and await the arrival of the RAF Sea King.
The aircraft was bringing a fisherman to the hospital from a fishing boat over
100 miles out to sea. He had been struck on the head by a block while the nets
were being brought aboard, which knocked him to the deck, resulting in head and
spinal injuries. The helicopter landed safely, and the man was transferred to an
ambulance waiting to take him to hospital.
038/01 - 22nd May
Paged by Coastguard on request of the police to
attend an incident on the south side of King Edwards Bay. A man had tried to
avoid police by climbing the cliffs there, and was surrounded half way up and
refusing to come down. The police were concerned that he could fall and
requested that the TVLB stand by for his safety. He eventually gave himself up,
and was taken into police custody.
037/01 - 19th May
While out on local patrol, the team spotted a
crowd in the car park of the Park Hotel, where an elderly woman had fallen. TVLB
radioed Coastguard to request an ambulance to attend, while one of the team
administered first aid to the injuries to her head. Thankfully she didn't seem
too badly hurt, and was taken to hospital for a check-up.
036/01 - 16th May
Request from Coastguard to attend the RVI HLS
where the RAF Sea King was on its way from Manchester with a sick baby. After
waiting at the landing site for some time, an update was requested from
Coastguard, who then called RAF flight control. It turned out that the aircraft
had changed its flight plan, and had landed at the Freeman hospital instead. The
TVLB returned to station
035/01 - 16th May
Called by Coastguard to assist the Royal Navy
Bomb disposal team deal with an incident off Whitley Bay, where a fishing vessel
reported lifting a mine in its nets. TVLB directed the team to Cullercoats bay,
where they could launch their boat. After extensive underwater searching,
nothing was found.
034/01 - 13th May
14.55h IRT + BRT
TVLB tasked to assist the Police,
who had been called to search for a missing 9-year-old boy on the South end
of Longsands. The boy made his own way back to his mother when he came to see
why the Police helicopter was hovering there, and the full TVLB Backup
Response Team was stood down.
033/01 - 12th May
While on station performing equipment checks,
Coastguard requested that the Brigade make its way to the Black Middens. A small
boat had reported itself lost and grounded on rocks. Due to severe fog,
visibility was almost non-existent. Tynemouth inshore lifeboat managed to locate
the vessel and stood by until high tide to float it off.
032/01 - 7th May
Called to an incident at Links golf course in
Whitley Bay, where a young girl had fallen from the cliffs onto the rocks below.
The TVLB team kept the public back, while the local air ambulance landed in the
small area between the cliffs and the sea, a very impressive job by the pilot.
The young girl hadn't sustained serious injuries, but was still flown to
hospital to be checked out.
031/01 - 6th May
Coastguard were alerted by police to a man
standing on the High Level Bridge in Newcastle threatening to jump. Tynemouth
ILB was called to stand by, while the TVLB were tasked to liase with the police
and provide communications between police, coastguard and the boat. Police
rib Sword arrived at 23.30h, allowing the lifeboat and TVLB to be stood down,
letting us return to the coast. The man was finally talked down and taken to
030/01 - 28th
April 14.30h IRT
A member of the public had reported children
playing on the piers at Cullercoats. The Coastguard asked the TVLB to attend to
warn them off as they were in danger due to the current sea conditions.
029/01 - 27th
Request from coastguard to attend an incident on
the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, where a man was threatening to jump off. The TVLB
mobile was taken to provide communication between the Coastguard, Police and
Tynemouth ILB. Both of the coastal teams were stood down at 03.10h upon the
arrival of one of the police boats. The police later took the man into custody.
028/01 - 25th
April 13.56h IRT
A person was reported threatening to jump from
rocks opposite the Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay. On arrival the TVLB stood back as
the police recovered the casualty.
027/01 - 22nd
April 14.25h IRT
A boat was reported broken down just outside
Cullercoats Harbour. Cullercoats ILB and the Brigade were paged to assist, but
the crew managed to restart their engines and make their own way home.
026/01 - 21st
April 02.00h IRT
Just as the IRT was getting back to sleep, we
were again paged to an incident near to the Swing bridge. One of the onlookers
to the earlier incident had noticed a man climbing on the outside of the
High-level Bridge. TVLB placed one of the team on the Swing Bridge with the
lifeboat crew to observe the man, while the vehicle stood-by on the bridge
liasing with the police and fire brigade. The casualty was talked down by the
trained negotiator at 04.30h, allowing the TVLB and boat to stand down. Thanks
must be given to the Fire brigade, who were good enough to provide tea and
coffee to all involved, much appreciated!!
025/01 - 21st
April 01.30h IRT
Initial Response Team and Tynemouth ILB paged by
Coastguard to attend the Swing Bridge in Newcastle, where three people had
jumped into the Tyne after leaving one of the quayside nightclubs. The fire
brigade managed to rescue two of them, while the Police helicopter picked up the
third, where she was being swept up river.
024/01 - 19th
April 11.00h IRT
RAF requested that the RVI HLS be prepared as a
man was being airlifted from Wooler to the Hospital. The casualty had been
caught up in an electrical explosion, and as the Air Ambulance was tasked to a
second job, the RAF Sea King had been requested. On arrival of the helicopter,
the casualty, who was conscious and chatting, was transferred to the waiting
023/01 - 16th
April 15.38h IRT
Paged by Coastguard to attend an incident on the
outfall pipe opposite the High Point Hotel in Cullercoats. A man had been
reported standing on the pipe, and as the tide was coming in, was in danger of
being washed off. As the first of the team arrived, the casualty was knocked
from the pipe and did not seem to be making any attempt to swim. A council
workman and Captain Hogg waded into the water to save him, bringing him back to
the pipe to be met by other IRT members and the Fire Brigade. The casualty was
escorted along the pipe, and placed into the TVLB Landrover, which took him from
the beach to the waiting ambulance.
022/01 - 6th April
Called to visually assist Cullercoats Lifeboat,
who had been called to recover a boat that had broken down 1.5 miles off St.
Mary's island in foggy conditions.
021/01 - 5th April
A boat was reported upturned next to the new
Millennium Bridge on the Tyne. The Tynemouth ILB, police helicopter and the TVLB
mobile were sent to investigate. It turned out to be half a canoe, which looked
as though it had been in the water for some time.
020/01 - 3rd April
A member of the public called one of the Brigade
Captains, reporting that a young boy had fallen from the cliffs at the Spanish
Battery. On arrival he requested the launch of Tynemouth lifeboat, as the
13-year-old had refused to get into the air ambulance. He was finally taken in
the inshore lifeboat to Tynemouth Haven, where he was passed to the paramedics.
Luckily his injuries weren't too severe, and he just required a brief check in
019/01 - 1st April
Coastguard had received a telephone call from a
boy who had spotted a boat that he thought was in difficulties off King Edward's
Bay. The TVLB were tasked to speak to the boy and see if the boat could be
spotted, while Cullercoats ILB launched quickly to search the area. A boat
fitting the description was found by the ILB but wasn't in any difficulties. The
boy was thanked for his good thinking, and promised that as it was after 12.00h,
it wasn't an April's Fool joke!
018/01 - 29th
March 20.55h IRT
The RAF control requested that the Freeman
hospital HLS be prepared for the Sea King, which was on its way to transfer a
baby from the hospital to a unit in Birmingham. On arrival it was found that a
football game was in progress. As soon as the aircraft gave its 5-minute inbound
warning, the game was cleared, allowing the helicopter to land safely. The baby
and support staff were escorted from the ambulance and onto the aircraft, which
then made its way to Birmingham. Final score was 0-0 at end of play.
017/01 - 28th
March 17.55h IRT + BRT
Police contacted Coastguard requesting
assistance, as a woman was reported missing and could possibly be in danger
at the coast. The full TVLB Backup Response Team
was called, resulting in 20 Brigades men searching from Cullercoats Harbour
to St. Mary's island with the police helicopter. Cullercoats Lifeboat was also
called to search, and did a coastal search in very rough seas. At times we worried
for the boat, but know how well trained the crew are. The Brigade were stood
down at 19.30h and returned to station. The girl later phoned the police, safe
and well at a friend’s house.
016/01 - 25th
March 14.20h IRT
The owner of a dog reported that it had fallen
from the cliffs at Hartley bay, north of St. Mary's. Both the TVLB and
Cullercoats lifeboat were tasked to recover it. On arrival it was found that the
owner had managed to get to the dog & bring it back to the shore. Both teams
were stood down and returned to their stations.
015/01 - 15th
March 19.10h IRT
A call to a small boat south east of St. Mary's
lighthouse. Found to be an empty boat left by local fishermen. This boat is
normally left there, and is a fairly regular cause of well-intended false
014/01 - 15th
March 13.50h IRT
Called to meet the RAF Sea-king helicopter at
one of Newcastle’s hospitals to transfer a seriously ill baby
013/01 - 13th
March 16.15h IRT
Paged to investigate an incident by the outdoor
pool at Tynemouth where a new surfer had got into difficulties and was being
swept toward the rocks. He managed to make his way to shore and to safety.
Almost immediately the team was sent to stand by as observers while the
Cullercoats inshore boat towed a broken down boat from the mouth of the Tyne
back to its berth.
012/01 - 11th
March 16.57h IRT
Police requested assistance to Cullercoats Bay,
where a man had been reported threatening suicide. On arrival a person fitting
the description was seen, drunk, but not in any immediate danger. The Brigade
kept its distance and waited for the police to arrive, who then spoke to the
person. The vehicle was stood down and returned to station
011/01 - 11th
March 15.30h IRT
While out on patrol in the local area, the
vehicle was asked to make its way to St. Mary's lighthouse where divers were
reported in difficulty. Upon arriving, three of the divers were seen to be in
the water about 300m off the shore, unable to make their way back. The team
directed the Cullercoats lifeboat to their position, and the divers were quickly
picked up. Two other divers stranded on the island were also picked up by the
lifeboat crew, as well as two stranded picnickers before all were returned
safely to the shore. During the transfer of their equipment, Jimmy from the ILB
crew showed his diving prowess recovering a dropped weight from under the water.
010/01 - 11th
March 12.30h IRT
During equipment checks, the vehicle was
requested to proceed to the outfall pipe off Cullercoats, where a man was
reported to be having some sort of fit. On arrival, it was found that he had
been walked off by a member of the public and had left the scene.
009/01 - 10th
March 08.30h IRT + BRT
An elderly man was reported missing
from an old peoples home in Whitley Bay, and requested a search team to cover
the coast, as he was a regular walker in that area. The full Backup
Response Team met at Whitley bay police station where they were briefed
on their search patterns, and began to look from Tynemouth long sands, to St.
Mary's island. The team were then tasked to begin an inland search of the gardens
and outhouses along the coastline. The Police helicopter and Cullercoats Lifeboat
were also sent to search the area at various times during the morning. After
7 hours of searching the teams reluctantly stood down, just before a report
was received that a mans body had been found further inland. It was later confirmed
as the man we were looking for.
008/01 - 5th March
Coastguard called a member of the TVLB,
requesting that a team be sent to provide a landing site for the Sea king, which
was bringing a man with severe head injuries to the General hospital in
007/01 - 4th March
The IRT was paged on request of the ambulance
service to assist with a man who had fallen on rocks above Tynemouth long sands.
This was the same individual as the 28/01/01 incident. Again he was transferred
by the Brigade Landrover along the waterline to the waiting ambulance.
006/01 - 17th
February 19.10h IRT
A vessel called coastguard requesting
assistance, as it has broken down 1.5 miles off the Tyne. TVLB were tasked to
try to see the boat from a vantage point, and direct Tynemouth Lifeboat to them.
As the light was failing, Coastguard tasked Cullercoats ILB to assist with the
search. Tynemouth ILB sent up a flare, which then prompted the casualty vessel
to fire a red flare showing his position. It was taken under tow and returned to
the Royal Quays Marina, where the TVLB took details.
005/01 - 17th
February 13.30h IRT
While on station doing maintenance, Coastguard
requested that the vehicle proceed to the beach next to Tynemouth Lifeboat
station where a shark had been reported in the water. On arrival, it was found
to be a dogfish, about 2 feet long, and it had already been taken to one of the
local fish merchants. Coastguard was advised that it was still safe to swim in
004/01 - 8th
February 14.03h IRT
Details taken from a speedboat broken down and
recovered by Cullercoats Lifeboat.
003/01 - 28th
January 16.00h IRT
Coastguard received a request from the ambulance
service to assist with the recovery of a young man that had fallen from rocks
behind Tynemouth Surf Co. above the Tynemouth Longsands. He was in an awkward
position, but with the Paramedics, TVLB, Police and Fire brigade all helping, he
was safely brought down to the beach and placed into the TVLB Landrover. This
was used to transport him along the beach to a waiting ambulance.
002/01 - 21st
January 13.15h IRT
Coastguard received word of a person walking
into the water opposite the Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay. The Brigade arrived as the
North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards who were training at the time had recovered the
casualty. He was taken away for treatment by ambulance, and the Brigade returned
- 19th January 20.00h
Called by coastguard asking us to man the helicopter-landing site at the RVI to meet the RAF Sea king, which was transferring a man who had fallen on a North Sea oilrig, and had possible back and internal injuries. The paramedics, aircrew and TVLB transferred the casualty to the ambulance, which transferred him to hospital.
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