Initial Response Team Calls - 101 Backup Response Team Calls - 12
101/05 - 23rd December 15.40h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a report of a Jet Ski broken down roughly half a mile off Tynemouth priory. Once on scene a Brigade Captain was able to confirm that another Jet Ski was towing the Jet Ski into Cullercoats Bay and he kept watch on the tow and then met the Jet Ski once it arrived at Cullercoats. After checking no assistance was required and gathering all necessary details, he then returned to station.
100/05 - 19th December 18.15h IRTThe Brigade were tasked to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue 128 from Leconfield was landing with two Russian seamen who had been burned while working in the engine room of their ship anchored at Teesport. One of the men was suffering from 40% burns to his chest while the other appeared to have head burns. The Brigade assisted in the transfer of the casualties from the helicopter to hospital and then returned to station.
099/05 - 4th December 14.30h IRTWhile on a local area patrol, the Brigade was tasked to attend Sharpness Point where it was reported a dog was stuck on the rocks. Once on scene it was established that Police officers had successfully rescued the dog and the Brigade were able to resume their patrol, a mention should also be given to the Fire Brigade who were also in attendance at this incident.
098/05 - 14th November 18.20h IRTRequest for assistance from North East Ambulance Service after they received a 999 call reporting two people who had fallen from the fence on the shore side of the North Pier in Tynemouth. On arrival it was found that one of the casualties was being carried on the back of another while they tried to climb the locked gates to make their way onto the closed pier, but had fallen between 10 to 20 feet to the concrete below. Both casualties had suffered severe head injuries and were being treated by Paramedics and Advanced Technicians from NEAS. The TVLB assisted, as did Tynemouth RNLI, before it was decided to request RAF Boulmer SAR Helicopter to airlift both to Newcastle General Hospital. Both casualties along with two Paramedics were winched into the aircraft, before being flown to the landing site in Newcastle, which was being manned by Blyth Coastguard CRT.
097/05 - 13th November xx.xxh IRTPaged by Coastguard to assist in the search for a missing jet-skier after the craft was found washed ashore on Whitley Bay beach. Cullercoats Lifeboat and the TVLB commenced a search, but it was soon found that the owner had been assisted to Cullercoats on another jet-ski. The TVLB then assisted in the recovery of the Craft from the beach before being stood down.
096/05 - 6th November 15.30h IRTTasked by Coastguard to assist the Ambulance Service, who had received a call of a man suffering a suspected stroke on Seaton Sluice beach. The casualty was airlifted from the scene to hospital, and the team were released to return to station.
095/05 - 28th October 11.18h IRTPaged after Coastguard received a 'Mayday' call from the fishing vessel 'Minche Harvester' which was taking on water in the North Sea. Tynemouth RNLI All weather lifeboat were tasked as well as an RAF Rescue helicopter to take a bilge pump to the stricken craft. The Minche Harvester was quickly assisted by two German minesweepers who were making their way to the Tyne for a visit, who stayed alongside the fishing vessel until the arrival of Tynemouth RNLI. The boat was towed into the Tyne, and brought alongside North Shields Fish quay for repairs
094/05 - 23rd October 18.58h IRTTasked by HMCG, at the request of the Police, to attend an incident of a person on the rocks at the bottom of Penbal Crag (Priory Cliffs) flashing a torch. Cullercoats RNLI and brigade member went to talk to the man who said he was just fishing and in no difficulty. False alarm with good intent.
093/05 - 23rd October 12.35h IRTAs with incident 092/05, the team were paged by Coastguard to attend an incident of some surfers being washed out to sea off Tynemouth. They were once again recovered by other surfers, and when assessed by the team, made their way home,
092/05 - 22nd October 14.10h IRTPaged by Coastguard to attend an incident of some surfers being washed out to sea off Tynemouth. They were recovered by other surfers, and once assessed by the team, made their way home.
091/05 - 20th October 15.40h IRTCalled while on patrol, at request of Police and HMCG to attend an incident of a person stuck in the mud near Redhaugh Bridge. The team were stood down as they were arriving on the scene as the person had been recovered and taken to hospital.
090/05 - 19th October 21.20h IRTCalled to investigate a report of a person possibly stuck on St Mary's Island. The TVLB Landrover proceeded to scene, and the person was identified as a fisherman, a false alarm with good intent.
089/05 - 17th October 13.38h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard to attend the landing of Rescue 131 at the RVI landing site at Richardson Road. As the team was progressing to the landing site the helicopter was diverted to Wansbeck Hospital, Ashington. Rather than call out another team, TVLB were also asked to prepare the landing site at Wansbeck. This was undertaken and the helicopter landed safely and the patient was transferred directly to the hospital.
088/05 - 16th October 20.15h IRTPaged after reports of a person over the sea wall in Whitley Bay. On arrival it was found that the casualty, a 22 year old woman, had sadly not survived the fall. The brigade then assisted with the removal of the casualty from the scene
087/05 - 14th October 12.30h IRTAs Brigade members prepared to carry out a patrol after the Royal Visit, they were requested to meet Tynemouth ALB and collect the details of a vessel which was being towed into the North Shields Fish Quay. The patrol team met the vessel, which had suffered a damaged propeller and, once the team had passed all necessary details onto the coastguard, the patrol was continued with no further incidents to report.
086/05 - 13th October 11.20h IRT + BRTA request was received from Northumbria Police to carry out a search for a missing male in the Cullercoats area. As the Backup Response Team prepared to carry out a detailed search of the coastline it was confirmed that the man had been found and taken to hospital and the search team was stood down.
085/05 - 24th September 20.27h IRTPaged to investigate a report of a lady in a distressed state in the Browns Bay area. As brigade members prepared for the callout, it was confirmed that the lady had been rescued and the brigade team stood down.
084/05 - 23rd September 10.00h IRT + BRTA request was received from Northumbria Police to carry out a search of the area surrounding St. Mary's Island working north towards Seaton Sluice, looking for any trace of a missing man. Along with Blyth Coastguard, the Backup Response Team was called out and a team of 8 Brigade members carried out a thorough search of the area with nothing found.
083/05 - 17th September 21.30h IRTt Brigade members, once dealt with incident 82, were asked to proceed to the Blyth area where a search was taking place for a missing female. As brigade members prepared for the search, it was confirmed that the missing lady had been found and, along with Blyth and Newbiggen Coastguard teams, the brigade were released from the incident and returned to station. Police ground units and a police helicopter was also involved in the search.
082/05 - 17th September 21.18h IRTPaged by HM coastguard after a report was received of a missing male in the Whitley Bay area. Due to localised weather conditions, the gentleman's partner had been unable to locate him while he was laying lobster pots at low tide and was now becoming concerned for his safety. As brigade members arrived on scene the gentleman was found safe and well and, after gathering all necessary details, Brigade members moved onto the above callout.
081/05 - 17th September 12.10h IRTHM coastguard contacted brigade members with a request to meet a 15ft-fishing vessel called 'Charlene' being towed into Cullercoats harbour by Cullercoats Lifeboat. The details of the two men on board the boat, which had broken down due to primary and reserve engine failure, were taken and passed onto the coastguard control room.
080/05 - 16th September 20.07h IRT + BRTPaged after a report of a 15-year-old male missing in the sea off Tynemouth Longsands. He had been body boarding with a number of friends who had now lost sight of him and for this reason the Backup Response Team was called out. As brigade members arrived on the scene it was confirmed that the man had been found and, after checking that he was fit and well, and gathering all required details, brigade members were able to stand down and return to station.
079/05 - 11th September 13.17h IRTHM Coastguard paged the team to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site for the arrival of Rescue 131 from RAF Boulmer. The helicopter had rescued an 11-year-old boy who had fallen 30ft down cliffs in the Berwick area and had sustained ankle and possible spinal injuries. Brigade members prepared the site and after tough negotiations, persuaded a herd of cows to move away from the area and graze in a different place. The helicopter landed at 1.35pm and brigade members assisted in transferring the young boy into a waiting ambulance. With this done the ambulance took the child to hospital while the helicopter took off and returned to its base.
078/05 - 10th September 17.18h IRTHM coastguard paged the brigade after a report was received of a lady being swept out to sea opposite the High Point Hotel, Whitley Bay. Three 12-year-old boys had seen the lady in difficulty and, realising she was in severe danger, immediately raised the alarm. They found a local man who grabbed a near by orange life ring, which he threw to the lady who was able to grab onto it and be pulled to the shore. While this took place, the man's wife contacted the Coastguard and the Brigade, along with Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer were dispatched to the scene. Brigade members arrived at the incident as the lady was recovered from the water and after checking that she was not injured, confirmed that both the Lifeboat and the helicopter were not required, and both units returned to their bases. Members of the Brigade then looked after the casualty until she was sufficiently warm enough to return to her home. Members of the local Police force were also in attendance. The actions of the young boys and the members of the public made sure this incident had a successful ending especially as the area where the lady had been walking is notorious for its fast rising tide.
077/05 - 8th September 20.37h IRTThe Brigade were paged to attend Cullercoats Harbour once again after a report of a young male who had fallen off the North Pier and possibly suffered injuries. Brigade members arrived on scene to find ambulance and police staff who informed them that the youth had been safely recovered from the water, and, after refusing medical attention, had been escorted home by a parent. With this information the Brigade were stood down and Cullercoats ILB, which had been preparing to launch, was also stood down.
076/05 - 8th September 17.55h IRT"> The Brigade was paged after a report of a coffin being towed out to sea by a speedboat from Cullercoats Harbour. As a brigade member arrived on scene he found that the coffin was infact two surf boards tied together with 3 wine boxes at the back of the structure which had been mistaken as a coffin. With this now established, attention was given to the speed boat which, having only 2 seats and being no more than 15 feet long, had 7 people onboard, no rescue equipment and was dangerously low in the water. A decision was made to launch Cullercoats ILB, who quickly located the vessel, and after issuing suitable safety advice, managed to persuade the vessel to return to the Bay. Once this had been done, all units were stood down and returned to base. The police were also in attendance at this incident and assisted in recovering the 'coffin' from the water.
075/05 - 3rd September 14.53h IRTThe Brigade were paged to man the RVI helicopter landing site in preparation for the arrival of Rescue helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer. However, as five brigade members prepared to secure the area, due to a change in circumstances, the members were told to stand down and returned to base.
074/05 - 29th August 17.20h IRTWhile on a coastal patrol in the Tynemouth area, Brigade members were alerted by a member of the public to a casualty possibly collapsed on the rocks underneath Sharpness Point. Along with local beach lifeguards, the patrol team investigated the area and found a number of youths who had consumed a large amount of alcohol and, while feeling the effects of this, did not require any immediate attention. They were given suitable safety advice and left the area. HM Coastguard were kept informed of the incident until its conclusion and then the Brigade continued on their patrol with no further incidents to report.
073/05 - 27th August 17.00h IRTThe Brigade were paged with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter landing site and assist in the transfer of a man from a local hospital to Rescue 131 who would them fly him to a decompression unit in Hull where he could be treated for a serious case of the bends which he developed while diving. As brigade members prepared to the man the site it was decided that due to the man's ill health, it would be safer to take him via ambulance to Hull and so all units were stood down.
072/05 - 23rd August 18.30h IRTThe Brigade were paged after a report of a vessel missing somewhere off the River Tyne. After a short search involving Tynemouth ILB the vessel was located with all persons safe and well and all rescue units were stood down.
071/05 - 20th August 16.00h IRTA report was received of a vessel overturned in the Hebburn area of the River Tyne. As Brigade members prepared to attend the incident, it was confirmed that all persons were safe and no assistance was required.
070/05 - 19th August 15.45h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a report of people swimming between St. Mary's Island and the main land with more people stuck on the Island. Cullercoats ILB was also tasked to the incident and arrived on scene to find that the 2 persons who were in the water had returned to land and had now left the area. To prevent any more people attempting to swim between the Island and the main land, the lifeboat collected the remaining people on St. Mary's island and returned them to the main land. Here they were met by Brigade members who issued them with suitable safety advice.
069/05 - 17th August 16.22h IRT + BRTOn a warm sunny afternoon, Brigade members were requested to assist the police in a search for a missing child in the Whitley Bay area. As a full brigade Backup Response Team callout was implemented it was confirmed that the Police had located the missing person in the Blyth area and all Brigade units were stood down.
068/05 - 15th August 19.00h IRTA Brigade captain was contacted with a request to send a team to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing site and secure the area in preparation for the arrival of Rescue 131. The helicopter had flown from Barrow-in-Furness hospital with a critically ill male, who had suffered head injuries after a fall in the Lake District. Also onboard the helicopter was a Doctor and nurse plus a relative of the casualty. The brigade team secured the site and assisted in the transfer of the casualty from the helicopter to a waiting ambulance. The Brigade landrover was then used to gather equipment used by the rescue teams which was taken to the Newcastle General Hospital and needed to be returned to the Rescue helicopter and trauma team who had flown with the casualty. Once this was complete and once 131 had left the landing site, the Brigade vehicle returned to station at 22.00.
067/05 - 7th August 20.23h IRT + BRTPaged to assist the Police in locating a missing 82-year-old male who had not been since 9.30am. The last know location of the gentleman was given as near St.Peter's Basin or the surrounding area. Therefore due to the large industrial terrain the Brigade Backup Response Team of 14 members split into 2 large walking parties, with a further 2 mobile units searching roads and car parks. Brigade members also visited private land and asked security guards to keep a look out for anyone who fitted the description of the missing male. At just after 10.30pm, the Police reported the man had been found alive, and all Brigade search teams were stood down and returned to station.
066/05 - 31st July 19.10h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade to investigate a report of a red flare seen somewhere between the Tyne Piers and Royal Quays Marina. Along with South Shields VLB, a search was carried out of the area using the two brigade's landrovers. Members of the public were also interviewed with no one reporting anything untoward. After a thorough search of the area, both teams were stood down.
065/05 - 31st July 14.00h IRT + BRTThe Brigade were requested by the Police through HM Coastguard to search for a missing person who was reported to have gone missing in the King Edward Bay area of Tynemouth. The Backup Response Team was called in and the search commenced at 14:20 with eleven Brigade members and included North Tyneside beach Lifeguards. Nothing was found and the Brigade was stood down 1 hour later. The gentleman was found a number of months later living near London.
064/05 - 28th July 18.17h IRT + BRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a request from the Police for assistance in locating a 79-year-old male missing in the Whitley Bay area. As 12 Brigade members prepared themselves for the search including members of the Backup Response Team, it was reported that the Police had located the missing gentleman and the Brigade was stood down.
063/05 - 28th July 10.07h IRTWhile carrying out a safety patrol for the Tall Ships Event, Brigade members assisted in the safe recovery of a gentleman taken ill while on a fishing vessel located near the South Tyne Pier. Tynemouth ALB rescued the casualty off the vessel and landed him at their lifeboat station. Here he was checked over by an ambulance crew and it was confirmed he was suffering only from a severe case of seasickness, and after a brief rest, he was able to continue on his day out. The Brigade then carried out a patrol throughout the parade of sail event with no further incidents taking place.
062/05 - 27th July 15.35h IRTWhile on a coastal patrol, the Brigade were tasked to keep watch on Tynemouth ALB as she towed the 'Delphic' into Royal Quays Marina after she had suffered main engine failure and broken down at the mouth of the River Tyne. Once at the marina the vessel passed on all necessary details to Brigade members before she made her way upriver running on a small outboard engine.
061/05 - 26th July 15.02h IRTPaged to keep watch over the 'Sarah Danielle' as she was towed into North Shields Fish Quay by Cullercoats ILB. The fishing coble had suffered a broken rudder off Whitley Bay Beach and was unable to make her way back to port. The tow was kept watch on by a brigade member who later met the vessel at the Fish Quay and assisted it into its mooring before gathering all necessary details and passing them onto HM Coastguard.
060/05 - 24th July 16.00h IRTThe Brigade were again paged to attend a car stuck in the sand at Cullercoats. The brigade were stood down en-route as the vehicle made its own way out of trouble.
059/05 - 24th July 15.09h IRTThe brigade were paged by HM Coastguard to attend the North end of Tynemouth Longsands where it was reported that two youths were trapped by the tide on bears back. The Youths, although only 10 metres off shore, had to wade back through shoulder high water carrying their bikes, which they completed without assistance and once on shore their details were taken and suitable safety advice was issued to them about the dangers of being cut off by the tide.
058/05 - 23rd July 14.31h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard after a report of a surfer in difficulties off Longsands beach, Tynemouth. Brigade members, who were painting the watch house at the time of the incident, were on scene quickly and found that a Lifeguard had reached the casualty and looked after him until Cullercoats ILB reached their location. Once on scene, the lifeboat landed the casualty on the shore where he was checked over by Brigade members and, once his details had been gathered, and with him being in need of no medical attention, he was allowed to leave the scene and the Brigade landrover returned to station.
057/05 - 22nd July 18.52h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a request from the police for assistance in removing 3 persons from the end of the North Tyne Pier during a period of very rough sea conditions with waves of atleast 30 feet crashing over the pier. There was concern that if the 3 persons did attempt to return along the pier using the public footpath, they would be subject to the extreme weather conditions and could be pushed into the River Tyne by the large waves. 2 Brigade Captain's and a Brigade member donned lifejackets and went along the pier using the pier tunnel and after reaching the 3 persons, who were fishing at the end of the pier, then brought them back through the tunnel safely. At this point they were handed over to the Police for a safety talk and the Brigade were released from the incident and returned to station.
056/05 - 22nd July 10.06h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a report from a member of the public of a small sailing vessel potentially in difficulty in the Whitley Bay Area. Brigade members and Cullercoats ILB investigated the area and found one vessel that matched the description given by the first informant but appeared to be O.K. and requiring no assistance. After checking with the informant that this was the vessel he had seen, HM Coastguard were informed and the incident can be classed as a False Alarm With Good Intent. At this point the Brigade landrover and Cullercoats ILB were both stood down and returned to station.
055/05 - 17th July 22.10h IRTHM Coastguard received a 999 call reporting a vessel in the vicinity of Browns Bay running with no navigation lights. As Brigade members were still at Cullercoats Bay dealing with the previous incident, they were able to confirm that the vessel was running with no lights but was in no danger and required no further assistance.
054/05 - 17th July 21.22h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard after a report of a person who had fallen off the cliffs at Smugglers Cave, at the south end of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members were on scene within a minute of the page and assisted in the initial stabilisation of the casualty as paramedics, fire crews and police officers arrived at the scene. With the 19-year-old male suffering from major injuries he was placed on a spinal stretcher in preparation for recovery by Rescue 131 from RAF Boulmer. Brigade members were also dispatched to the Richardson Road Helicopter landing site as 131 was intending to land the casualty here so he could be taken to hospital. The male was winched into the helicopter and flown to the landing site. From here he was taken to Newcastle General hospital and the brigade landrover also took one member of the flight crew to the hospital so that he could recover equipment used in recovering the casualty. As the mobile returned to the landing site, 131 developed a fault in one of its main engine's and was unable to take off. Brigade members remained at the landing site for a further hour as mechanics made their way to the landing site to fix the helicopter. Brigade members returned to station and stood down at just after 12.30am.
053/05 - 16th July 17.04h IRTPaged to investigate a report of members of the public in difficulty up the River Tyne near the Baltic Art Gallery. A Brigade member arrived on scene within 8 minutes of the page to find no persons in difficulty. After speaking to a fisherman, the brigade member was able to work out that although persons had been in difficulty, they had managed to get themselves out of trouble and had since left the scene. With this information passed onto HM Coastguard, the Brigade member returned to station and the Brigade landrover, which was on route to the scene, was stood down and also returned to station.
052/05 - 13th July 20.15h IRTWhile carrying out weekly training at the Watch house, Brigade members were alerted by a young member of the public who said he thought he had seen a gentleman jump off the North Tyne Pier into the sea. HM coastguard were informed, and while he was not certain of what he had seen, a search was still carried out of the North pier and the surrounding area. Two fisherman who had been on the pier for the previous hour confirmed that they had seen no person come along the pier and were adamant that no one had jumped off it. With the area searched, and the fishermen's comments in the mind, the Brigade search team of 8 Brigade members was stood down and it appears the incident had been a False Alarm With Good Intent.
051/05 - 9th July 19.05h IRT + BRTHM Coastguard rang a Brigade Captain requesting Brigade assistance after the police had reported a Gentleman missing in the Tynemouth and North Shields Fish Quay Area. Immediately the Brigade Initial Response Team was paged while a full Backup Response Team callout was also implemented. A total of 12 Brigade members responded to the call with 3 members co-ordinating the Brigade search using the Brigade landrover while the other team members were split into 3 teams and dispatched into the search area. At 20.30hrs, the Police reported that they had found the 22 year old male and with this news the Brigade were stood down and returned to station.
050/05 - 9th July 16.25h IRTWhile on a local area patrol, Brigade members were asked to assist a Jet Ski broken down in King Eddy's Bay, Tynemouth. Brigade members were able to get a local rescue unit, Red Seal Rescue, to tow the craft into Tynemouth Haven where a recovery via trailer was possible. While this tow took place, the owner of the craft was taken via the Brigade landrover to his vehicle and trailer that was parked at Derwent Marina. Once the owner returned to the Haven he was able to place his craft on his trailer and remove it from the beach. With this done, Brigade members returned to station and stood down.
049/05 - 7th July 16.45h IRTAs Brigade members returned to station from the previous incident, a urgent request was received from the RAF as Rescue Helicopter 131, who were carrying out a patient transfer, was due to land at the Richardson Road landing site at 16.55. As only 10 minutes notice was given, it was decided that there was no safe way to get the vehicle to the site, and so the mobile team stood down. Meanwhile one team member who works near the site, arrived just in time and helped hold back the large crowds and assisted in the patient transfer.
048/05 - 7th July 16.23h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after reports of a vessel possibly in difficulties in the sea roughly 1 mile off Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members investigated the area and found only one vessel in the area that was in no difficulties and proceeded into the River Tyne.
047/05 - 5th July 15.35h IRTWhile out on a local area patrol, the brigade were informed by members of the public of a gentleman acting suspiciously and possibly in need of assistance at the South end of Whitley Bay Beach. HM Coastguard were informed of the situation and a Brigade member along with local beach lifeguards investigated the area. They found a middle-aged gentleman who required no assistance and therefore with no further action required, the brigade continued on their patrol. A false alarm with good intent.
046/05 - 3rd July 10.05h IRTPaged once again by HM Coastguard after a fisherman was taken ill on a small fishing vessel as it made its way toward the River Tyne Piers. Cullercoats ILB and Tynemouth ALB were both involved in the rescue with Tynemouth Lifeboat collecting the casualty off his vessel and taking him up river to the Tyne Pilot Station. Here he was met by an ambulance crew and brigade members who assessed his condition and then assisted in his removal from the lifeboat to the ambulance. The casualty, who is a male in his 40's, is believed to have suffered an angina attack and was taken to Rake Lane Hospital for further tests.
045/05 - 3rd July 01.37h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard after a report from the Police of a person requiring assistance on the Swing Bridge. Brigade members were stood down as they proceeded toward the scene.
044/05 - 30th June 14.55h IRTPaged once more by HM Coastguard to man the Richardson Road Helicopter landing site at the request of the RAF. As Brigade members proceeded toward the scene they were stood down by the coastguard and returned to station.
043/05 - 30th June 14.30h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard in response to a request from Whitley Bay lifeguards for help in recovering a people carrier stuck in the sand near Watts Slope, South end of Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade landrover arrived on scene, attached a towrope and pulled the vehicle off the beach and then returned to station.
042/05 - 27th June 20.15h IRTAs the Brigade landrover returned to station after the previous incident, HM Coastguard requested that it proceed to the South end of Longsands beach after a 999 call had been taken reporting a suspicious object in the water. Brigade members arrived and confirmed that the object was a large piece of wood and the first informant was thanked for her vigilance and sensibility in calling the coastguard to confirm that the object was nothing suspicious. As Brigade members left the scene they were accosted by a group of youths that proudly claimed to have just placed the log in the water and were hoping that it, with their names carved in it, would act as a modern day 'message in a bottle'. The youths were issued suitable safety advice and the Brigade members returned to station.
041/05 - 27th June 18.35h IRT + BRTBrigade paged by HM Coastguard at the request of the ambulance and police services in response to a report of a 32 year old woman fallen over the cliffs at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. Brigade members arrived on scene quickly and a Backup Response Team callout was implemented with a team of 13 Brigade members responding to the incident. While brigade members assisted in stabilising the casualty and preparing her for evacuation, Rescue 131 from RAF Boulmer was tasked to assist in the rescue of the lady, and, as the tide was coming in at a fair speed, Cullercoats ILB were tasked to stand by the scene incase any members of the rescue services were cut off by the tide. As 131 neared the scene, they requested that Brigade members proceed to the Richardson Road landing site to assist in transferring the casualty from the helicopter to an ambulance that would take her to hospital. The Brigade landrover was dispatched to the landing site, while other Brigade members prepared the casualty for recovery into the helicopter. Once winched aboard 131 the casualty was flown to the landing site where she was assisted once more by the Brigade into the waiting ambulance where she was then taken to Newcastle General Hospital. It appears that she had slipped while walking on the top of Sharpness point and had suspected spinal, hip and major internal injuries.
040/05 - 26th June 14.40h IRTTynemouth Longsands Lifeguards contacted a brigade captain requesting help with a small fibre glass boat which had beached on the south end of the beach and due to a large hole in its hull, was no longer sea worthy. The Brigade captain informed HM Coastguard of the situation and used the Brigade landrover to retrieve the vessel up the beach. The 5 occupants of the new boat were most grateful for the help they received in recovering their boat and appreciated the extensive safety advice they were issued with.
039/05 - 25th June 14.15h IRTWhile painting the outside of the watch house, brigade members were alerted by a member of the public to a Jet Ski stuck on the black midden rocks. Brigade members contacted the coastguard and advised them as to the situation and a brigade member proceeded to the scene. Once on scene it was established that the 2 occupants of the Jet Ski were ok but that their Jet Ski had a broken throttle and could not be fixed on scene. Red Seal Rescue, a local rescue organisation, were passing by the scene and were able to tow the Jet Ski to Tynemouth Haven Beach. Here Brigade members assisted in getting the jet ski out of the water and the details of the 2 people were taken and passed onto the coastguard.
038/05 - 25th June 08.53h IRTA brigade captain was contacted by the Chief Tynemouth Longsands lifeguard reporting a car severely stuck in the sand near the South ramp of his beach. 3 Brigade members spent roughly 30 minutes digging sand out from around the car before using the brigade landrover and spare rope to remove the car from the beach. The gentlemen and his partner had been stuck in the sand for some 8 hours after becoming stuck the previous night.
037/05 - 23rd June 21.40h IRTA brigade captain was asked by HM Coastguard to investigate a report given by a member of the public of a suspicious object in the sea opposite the old High Point Hotel. The Brigade captain investigated the scene and confirmed that everything was ok and the 'object' was nothing suspicious. The member of the public was thanked for his vigilance and the brigade captain stood down.
036/05 - 23rd June 16.16h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade in response to 999 calls reporting a male experiencing severe difficulties in the sea near Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members were on scene within minutes of the page and quickly established that the gentleman had been recovered from the water and administered CPR by local beach lifeguards. While the man was taken to a local hospital in a serious condition, there became concern as to whether the man had been in the water with another person who could no longer be accounted for. Due to the high tide and clear water, searching the area around Cullercoats Bay was easier than normal and so a quick and detailed search was carried out with nothing being found. With all units still struggling to work out whether the man had been alone or not, Humber Coastguard, who were co-ordinating the incident, implemented a major search operation involving Cullercoats ILB, Tynemouth ILB, Rescue 131 from RAF Boulmer, Police Helicopter India 55, police units on the ground, local beach lifeguards and the Brigade. After roughly 1 hour of detailed searching it was able to be established that the gentlemen was indeed on his own and no further persons were missing. At this point all units were released by the Coastguard and the brigade returned to station.
035/05 - 22nd June 16.06h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after taking a 999 call reporting a Jet Ski broken down with one man clinging onto it in the Tynemouth area. Four Brigadesmen responded to the call and quickly located the man who was 500 yards from the shore directly opposite the Park Hotel. Cullercoats ILB arrived quickly and collected the man and his machine and then dropped him off at the South end of Cullercoats beach where he was able to recover his Jet Ski. Brigade members took details from the gentleman and established that his craft had suffered from a fuel shortage and thus he had been unable to make it back to the shore. Once all details had been passed onto the coastguard the Brigade stood down and returned to station.
034/05 - 20th June 23.40h IRTBrigade along with Cullercoats Lifeboat were tasked by HM Coastguard to attend an incident off the south end of Whitely Bay beach, where it had been reported a person had been seen entering the water. With the help of the new more advanced police helicopter, India 55, Cullercoats Lifeboat were able to be directed to the person and pull the casualty out of the water within 8 minutes of the being paged. The boat returned to their station where the crew administered emergency first aid. The Brigade's first aid equipment was utilised and the casualty was placed on oxygen and masks to assist the efforts of the lifeboat crew and ambulance staff. The decision was made to transfer the casualty to the Police helicopter and which flew them to the A&E department of Rake Lane hospital. The Brigade followed to the hospital carrying all the spare gear that had to be removed from the helicopter so that the casualty could be placed in the helicopter. This included one member of the helicopters flight crew who was taken by our landrover to Rake Lane where he and Brigade members assisted in transferring the casualty to the A&E department. With this complete the Brigade were released from the incident and returned to station.
Sadly, despite the best efforts of the emergency teams, the casualty died the following morning.
033/05 - 18th June 13.16h IRTBrigade paged in response to a report of a man entering the water near the black midden rocks, Tynemouth, in an attempt to rescue his dog. Brigade members, who were already at the watchouse on other matters, were able to confirm straight away that the man had recovered his dog and was now safely back on land.
032/05 - 9th June 13.12h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade to provide a watch over Tynemouth ALB who were towing a fishing vessel into North Shields Fish Quay. The Roseanne, a 20ft commercial fishing boat with 3 P.O.B. had suffered a damaged prop and was taken in tow from 6 miles off the Tyne Piers and returned to her berth. The Brigade kept a lookout over the tow and then gathered all required details before passing them onto the Coastguard.
031/05 - 1st June 02.31h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a report from Police Helicopter India 99 that a man was in the river Tyne near the Swing Bridge. Four Brigade members proceeded upriver and arrived just after the man was recovered from the water by the Tyne & Wear Fire Boat. He was passed into the care of an Ambulance crew who took him to a local hospital for a check up after he had spent between 22-30 minutes in the river and thus appeared to be suffering from hypothermia. A Police investigation is underway into how the Man ended up being in the water. With the incident complete, the Brigade team passed on all relevant details to the Coastguard and then returned to station.
030/05 - 29th May 11.15h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade to provide assistance in transferring an injured passenger from a cruise ship who Tynemouth ALB were bringing into the Tyne. The passenger off the cruise ship Thompson Celebration had only boarded the vessel the night before, but unfortunately slipped and sustained injuries to her shoulder. The lifeboat collected the casualty off the cruise ship from roughly 11 miles off the Tyne and landed her at the Shields Ferry Landing. The brigade then assisted in transferring the casualty, who was placed in a stretcher for her own safety, her husband and their suitcases to the waiting ambulance and then also assisted in getting her settled in at hospital. With this complete, the Brigade returned to station at roughly 13.00hrs.
029/05 - 28th May 16.40h IRTPaged to respond to a report of 16ft speedboat 'Evedene' adrift with no persons onboard off Cullercoats Bay. After inspection vessel was found to be stuck on rocks to the North of Cullercoats with potential for it to drift out to sea and pose a threat to shipping. Against the advice of the Brigade, the owner of the boat and 2 members of the public attempted to recover the vessel, but due to the fast rising tide and extremely rough conditions this was not successful. Eventually the boat was blown onto rocks where a safe recovery was made possible and the brigade attached a rope to the vessel to secure it, the next hour was spent using the tide to guide the vessel onto a small beach north of Cullercoats where it was safe from further damage. The vessel was placed on this beach overnight before being recovered and taken for major repair work
028/05 - 15th May 21.45h IRT + BRTThe Brigade was requested to proceed up river to investigate a report of a boat grounded on mud banks near Dunston. Two Brigade Captains proceeded to the scene and found the Sea Hawk, a 10 metre cabin cruiser stuck on the mud with two crew on board and high tied a good 10 hours away. The Crew initially requested to be removed to the shore, but with the boat lying some 80 metres from the shore and deep, dangerous mud between the boat and the shore, this was deemed too dangerous. At this point the Brigade Captains requested a full Backup Response Team Callout and a further 8 men proceeded to the scene and also collected the Brigade's world famous Breeches Buoy equipment. (The Breeches Buoy equipment had not been used in anger for over 30 years, with the T.V.L.B. the only rescue team in the world who still train and are prepared to use the equipment should such a situation ever occur). The decision was made that rather than recover the two men using the breeches buoy, instead the equipment would be used to take food and warm clothes out to the men such that they would be safe on the vessel till the tide allowed them to refloat at some point on the following day. A rocket was fired across the bow of the boat, and a line was attached to the boat and this was then used to haul a stretcher full of provisions to the vessel, and once empty, the stretcher was then hauled back by the Brigade team. At this point, with the time now at 1am and with the men onboard the Sea Hawk happy and warm, the Brigade returned to station and closed down for the night. The following morning a Brigade patrol was carried out to ensure that the Sea Hawk refloated safely, and with this complete, the Sea Hawk continued on her way south and we wish them a safe passage to their destination.
027/05 - 14th May 16.03h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard to provide a watch over the 25ft yacht Enigma who had fouled her propeller in the mouth of the Tyne. Local training yacht Hartlepool Renaissance stood by the vessel while Tynemouth ALB were paged and launched. As the lifeboat proceeded to the casualty, the Enigma successfully cleared her propeller and continued on her way to Blyth, however the Lifeboat still continued toward the Enigma and went along side the vessel to ensure all persons were o.k. With this done and Humber CG happy that all was in order, the lifeboat and the Brigade were stood down. Blyth Coastguard met the vessel at Blyth harbour and gathered all necessary details before passing them onto HM Coastguard.
026/05 - 3rd May 18.35h IRT + BRTAs a brigade captain drove past the old High Point hotel, Whitley Bay, he noticed a number of people looking over the railings. Stopping to investigate he spoke to arriving police and paramedic units and discovered that a teenage girl was sitting on a rock between the promenade and the old sewerage outlet. Realising that she was in some discomfort, the Brigade captain rang HM Coastguard and informed them of the developing situation and asked for the IRT Brigade team to be paged and tasked to the incident. The Brigadesman, policemen and a paramedic then ventured onto the rocks and after evaluating the casualty, immediately placed a support collar on her neck as she indicated that she fallen or slipped some 20ft from the promenade onto the rocks below. At this point, after considering the nature of her fall and the possible injuries she may have sustained and the difficulty of the position she was in, it was decided that Rescue 131 from RAF Boulmar would be required to rescue her. With 131 on route, a Full Backup Response Team callout was put in place and further Brigade personnel arrived at the scene. At this point the TVLB vehicle was sent from the scene toward the Richardson Road landing site in Newcastle, where 131 was planning to land the casualty once she had been recovered. While awaiting the arrival of the helicopter further paramedics and brigadesmen assisted in placing the young lady onto the Brigade spinal board. This complete, the helicopter arrived and winched her up and took her to the landing site. Here she was met by Brigade members and transported into an ambulance before being taken to hospital. At this point all Brigade members were stood down and returned to base.
025/05 - 2nd May 11.55h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade to request a team be sent to the South end of Blyth Beach in response to a report of children in difficulties in the surrounding water. The children were collected by a passing dive boat and landed on the shore where they were later checked over by the winchman from Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer before being given safety advice by a Brigade member on correct behaviour on and around the beach. Blyth ILB was also tasked to the incident but was stood down before reaching the scene.
024/05 - 25th April 22.30h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade at the request of the Police to attend an incident at the Tyne Bridge. A man had climbed up the girders in the centre of the bridge and was threatening to jump. After 2 ½ hours of negotiations the man was persuaded to come down on a fire brigade hydraulic lifting platform, and with the gentlemen safe and well the brigade were stood down and returned to their beds.
023/05 - 10th April 11.54h IRTDuring a local coastal patrol, HM Coastguard requested that the brigade overview the recovery of a small vessel which had capsized off the Tyne Piers. A local safety boat from Tynemouth sailing club and a Police launch towed the 12ft rs300 single-man sailing dingy into Tynemouth haven beach, where brigade members met it and assisted with its recovery before getting all necessary details and passing them onto HM Coastguard.
022/05 - 8th April 16.35h IRTHM Coastguard requested that brigade members proceed to Cullercoats beach and advise a group of youths of the dangers they were exposing themselves to by playing a game of wave dodging in extremely rough and adverse conditions. After this a 2-hour patrol was carried out and numerous other members of the public were given safety advice.
021/05 - 7th April 17.45h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade requesting that the Freeman HLS be prepared and manned for the arrival of Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer. The helicopter was in bound with a critically injured woman from the Berwick area. 131 landed and the casualty was transferred to a waiting ambulance and taken to Newcastle General Hospital.
020/05 - 3rd April 09.16h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade to request that a team assemble and locate a broken down fishing vessel just off the North Tyne Pier. The vessel was located and kept in watch until Cullercoats ILB arrived and prepared to tow the vessel to its requested destination. At this point it was learnt that the vessel was from South Shields and so the brigade kept a watch on the tow until it was safely inside the Tyne piers, at which point South Shields VLB, returning from an earlier callout involving Tynemouth ILB, then continued the watch on the tow before meeting the vessel at South Shields and taking its details.
019/05 - 2nd April 19.50h IRTHM Coastguard informed the brigade of a car stuck in the sand near Cullercoats RNLI station. Brigade members proceeded to the area where they found a car severely stuck in the sand just short of the North lifeboat ramp. The brigade Landrover was used to safely pull the vehicle free before the driver was given basic safety advice on using a car on a beach.
018/05 - 1st April 21.40h IRTAfter the monthly exercise, the Brigade were issued an immediate radio message requesting that assistance be given to the police, who were helping a young male who was in difficulties in the sea in the Whitely Bay area. As Brigade members arrived it was found that the male had been recovered from the water and was safe and well. All Units were then stood down.
017/05 - 31st March 19.15h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist the police in locating and assisting a gentleman reported to be in a distressed state in the Tynemouth area. As Brigade members were preparing to assist, the police reported that the gentlemen had been located and taken into care, and so all units were stood down.
016/05 - 19th March 12.40h IRTRequest from RAF to prepare the RVI helicopter landing site. Patient transported to waiting ambulance safely, team stood down.
015/05 - 9th March 14.50h IRTPaged to search for a jet-ski reported as lost out of South Shields and possibly in the Tynemouth area. Cullercoats and Tynemouth RNLI were tasked to search along the shoreline, while the TVLB checked the land. The jet-ski and owner were found beached on Tynemouth Longsands after his crafts engine had become flooded in the rough seas. It was his first trip out on the pleasure craft, and he was unsure of his surroundings, landing at Tynemouth rather than Cullercoats, a much more sheltered point. The TVLB gave him a lift to South Shields to recover his car and trailer, before assisting him in lifting the jet-ski onto the trailer and off the beach. The winch on the TVLB Landrover was used to haul his craft up away from the high water mark to safety.
014/05 - 5th March 14.30h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade to investigate a report of a Jet Ski potentially in trouble in the Cullercoats area. One of the DLA's at Cullercoats Lifeboat Station had seen the Jet Ski launch from Cullercoats Bay into rough seas, but had now lost sight of the machine and its owner. After a short search, the Jet Ski and its owner were located safely beached on Long Sand's, where he had decided to recover his machine via trailer instead of risk taking the Jet Ski back out into the dangerous seas and then recover from Cullercoats Bay. Members of the Brigade assisted the gentlemen by winching his Jet Ski up the beach to a safe place for collection and then lifted the Jet Ski onto the trailer. The Brigade Landrover then escorted the man's 4x4 off the beach and nearly had to help him again when he briefly found himself stuck in the sand, however he was able to free himself and make his way home.
013/05 - 2nd March 20.25h IRTWhile out on exercise, members of the TVLB were asked to assist in the recovery of a sports car that had been driven onto the beach at Whitley Bay and had become stuck in the sand. The TVLB Landrover was used to drag the car back onto the ramp to the sand, and the owner was able to make his way home.
012/05 - 25th February 04.00h IRTThe brigade, on return from incident 011/05, spotted a VW Polo apparently stuck on the beach at Tynemouth. On investigation one of the occupants, a young lady, informed the TVLB member that they were fine and did not require assistance. She was warned of the rising tide, but was adamant that she would be fine. The two members of the TVLB in the vehicle thought it prudent to keep watch for their safety. They also suspected that it would be quite amusing to see how they managed to get the small car off the loose sand. After watching the other occupant of the car, a young man, push the vehicle closer to the incoming tide, with the front wheels sinking lower into the sand, then backwards (or rather downwards) the TVLB thought that they should intervene. The car was hauled off the beach using the Landrover.
011/05 - 25th February 03.00h IRTThe Brigade were paged after a request from Northumbria Police. Along with Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat the Brigade proceeded to the Tyne bridge where a man was reported to be in the water. Upon arriving it was found that the Fire Brigade boat crew had managed to retrieve the man. Whilst the Police where in talks with the man on the brigade he had decided to jump into the river, sustaining severe leg injuries and resulting hypothermia. The Brigade and the RNLI were stood down.
010/05 - 19th February 17.27h IRTPaged again by HM Coastguard to provide assistance to Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team who had been called out to a report of a fisherman in difficulties near the South Blyth Pier. The brigade were just mustering on station when we were stood down. It later transpired that 1 fisherman had fallen into the water and been trapped between a boat and the Quayside wall. A second crewmate then followed him in to save him, both gentlemen were rescued by the Fire and Ambulance Services. Blyth Coastguard and Blyth ILB were also in attendance. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the 1st fisherman died later in hospital.
009/05 - 19th February 16.35h IRTTasked to investigate a report of a yellow yacht in difficulties in rough seas off Whitley Bay. On arrival it was found to be a marker buoy off St. Mary's Island. This is a common occurrence, and an understandable one in rough weather.
008/05 - 19th February 14.50h IRT + BRTPaged to attend an incident at the south side of King Edwards Bay, where a young boy was reported as having fallen from the top of the Tynemouth Priory Wall to the rocks below. The boy was lying close to the base of the cliff, after sliding down the steep bank feet first, before dropping the last 20 foot to the ground. Obvious injuries were a broken left femur, cuts and grazes. Other suspected injuries were a fractured left fibula & tibia, as well as possible pelvic injuries and due to the serious nature of the incident the Backup Response Team was called in to assist. NEAS ambulance and rapid response crews dealt with the child's injuries, while the TVLB indicated a safe landing site for the Air Ambulance. The boy was then carried on a spinal board by NEAS personnel, TVLB members and Police to the waiting aircraft.
007/05 - 16th February 20.08h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade to locate and observe a broken down fishing vessel who was 2 1/2 miles north north east of the Tyne piers. Tynemouth ALB launched at 20.15 and was alongside the casualty just after 20.30. The broken down vessel, 'Sunlight Ray,' who was 78ft in length and a fishing trawler, had suffered gearbox failure and was gradually loosing all power. The vessel had 5 POB and originated from Fraserborough in Scotland. The Tynemouth lifeboat towed the vessel into the Royal Quays Marina and then skillfully maneuvered her next to her pair trawler the 'Success.' The Brigade kept watch on the tow till its conclusion at Royal Quays and also gathered details of the vessel and crew that were then passed on to the coastguard. All units were stood down and returned to station by 22.15hrs.
006/05 - 14th February 15.19h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard in response to a phone call from a member of the public in South Shields, who reported wind surfers at the mouth of the Tyne whom she believed could be in trouble. Three members of the Brigade attended and found 7 surfers comfortably surfing the break over the Black Middens with waves reaching 5-6ft.
005/05 - 13th February 05.24h IRTThe Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were paged to prepare and man the Richardson Road landing site for the arrival of RAF Sea King Rescue Helicopter 131. The Helicopter was bringing in an injured male with suspected head and arm injuries, from an oil platform off Scotland. The Helicopter landed at 6.10am and the Brigade assisted with the transfer of the casualty from the helicopter into a waiting ambulance.
004/05 - 30th January 18.11h IRTTynemouth VLB were paged to provide a communication link and carry out a watch on Cullercoats ILB who were towing a vessel to the Royal Quays Marina. 'Gemini', with 2 persons on bored had broken down just south of St. Mary's Island and had requested assistance from the coastguard. The vessel was 20ft long with and white and blue in colour. Brigade members monitored the tow before meeting the vessel at the Marina and assisted with securing the vessel to the overnight berth. The boat had suffered engine failure due to overheating caused by a loose pipe.
003/05 - 25th January 20.41h IRTPaged at 20.41hrs to a report of a male who may have jumped off the Tyne Bridge. Along with the local Police force, the Police helicopter India 99, members of the Fire Brigade, and Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat a search of the river was conducted. At 21.30pm members of Tynemouth ILB located a body in the area surrounding the floating night-club Tuxedo Princess. In the following hours the RNLI crew assisted the police and the marine police in the removal and recovery of the body while the Brigade remained on scene to provide a communication link and also to assist where requested. Once the body had been recovered the Brigade and Inshore lifeboat were stood down by the police and coastguard and returned to station, the matter is now being dealt with by the police.
002/05 - 22nd January 13.15h IRTThe Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called out to prepare and man the Richardson Road landing site for the arrival of RAF Sea King Rescue Helicopter 131. The Helicopter was bringing in an injured male from an oil platform off Scotland. The Helicopter landed at 1.35pm and the Brigade assisted with the transfer of the casualty from the helicopter into a waiting ambulance.
001/05 - 10th January 14.00h IRTPaged to prepare the HLS at the Freeman Hospital site in Newcastle for Rescue Helicopter 131 which was inbound with a seriously ill baby. The TVLB assisted with the transfer of the child's incubator and other associated equipment, before pulling the ambulance away from the mud it had become stuck in.
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