Incident at St.Mary's Island, August 2006, Picture Courtsey of Adrian Don

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2007

Initial Response Team Calls to date - 133                 Backup Response Team Calls to date - 8

133/07 - 30th December 10.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request for a crew to be sent to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue Helicopter 131 from R.A.F. Boulmer was due shortly after 11am. The Helicopter landed on time and the Brigade assisted in carrying an empty incubator from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

132/07 - 27th December 11.05h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat's after Northumbria Police requested their help in locating a missing woman. As all the units prepared to carry out a search of the North Tyneside Coastline, including the Backup Response Team, the Police informed the Coastguard that the lady had been found safe and well.

131/07 - 25th December 18.40h IRT

The Brigade were paged on Christmas Day with a request to attend the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with a post natal medi-vac from the Kielder area. Brigade Members secured the site and helped the lady from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

130/07 - 21st December 00.45h IRT

After attempting to ring her Husband, who was fishing on the North Tyne Pier, but getting no answer, a concerned wife rang the Coastguard who in turn paged the Brigade and asked them to further investigate the situation. After a quick search of the Pier, the Fisherman was found in good health still fishing with friends and realised that his phone battery was on low power. He was left to continue his nights fishing with a request to contact his wife and reassure her that all was well.

129/07 - 14th December 13.30h IRT

HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade secure the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site as part of a P.R. Event organised by R.A.F. Boulmer.

128/07 - 2nd December 17.45h IRT

Cullercoats RNLI and the Brigade were paged after a man's dog ran into the sea at Cullercoats Bay and the owner was threatening to enter the water and recover it. As the Lifeboat crew arrived at their station they were met by the owner and his dog which had swam back to shore.

127/07 - 28th November 15.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where a man injured in a rugby match was being airlifted in by Rescue Helicopter 131. The Helicopter landed and the Brigade helped move the casualty from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

126/07 - 22nd November 22.30h IRT

At the request of the North East Ambulance Service, the Brigade were paged to attend the North Tyne Pier where it was reported a number of fishermen were in danger due to the extremely large seas breaking over the structure. Initially two fishermen were escorted off the Pier but it then emerged that more fishermen were located at the seaward end of the Pier. Two Brigade Members attempted to gain access to the Pier Tunnel but the lock on the gate was new and the Brigade had not been given a key for it. Police Helicopter India 99 arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with the two fishermen but reported back that they were being totally ignored despite illuminating the fishermen and contacting them over their P.A. system. It was agreed at this point to allow the men to stay at the end of the Pier where they were in relative safety. However, 30 minutes later a Brigade Captain was informed that the waves were now starting to break over the Pier end putting the Fishermen in even more danger. The decision was made that Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat be launched and attempt to contact the fishermen. However, the fishermen told the Lifeboat crew that they were happy to stay on the Pier and therefore all rescue units stood down. Local news later reported that the men safely left the pier early the next morning.

125/07 - 18th November 01.00h IRT

The Brigade was paged with a request to man the Richardon Road Helicopter Landing Site where R.A.F. Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with a gentleman off an oilrig with had lost 3 fingers and required surgery. The site was secured and the casualty was transfered to hospital.

124/07 - 17th November 17.35h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a young boy believed he was trapped having walked along the old sewer pipe at Whitley Bay Beach, then up to the arches under the promenade where he discovered the gate to be locked but was unable to return the way he had came due to the incoming tide. A Brigade Member arrived on scene and along with Police officers, assisted in lifting the child over the gate and to safety.

123/07 - 14th November 07.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and requested that they be at the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where a Rescue Helicopter was inbound with a critically ill baby from Leeds-Bradford Hospital. Brigade Members secured the site and assisted in the transfer of the baby and it's incubator from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

122/07 - 11th November 18.30h IRT

A member of the public dialled 999 after seeing three young boys playing in caves at Cullercoats Bay and was concerned that the waves were still going in and out of the caves and could have put the children in danger. A Brigade Captain arrived on scene and spotted three boys leaving the area as he arrived. To be on the safe side, a search of the local caves was carried out but no one was found to be in any danger.

121/07 - 4th November 16.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a man dialled 999 reporting his wife missing at sea near Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members were on scene within 6 minutes and a search of the area took place which failed to find the man or his wife. The Coastguard requested that the Brigade turn the siren on the vehicle on and called the man again to see if he really was in the vicinity of Cullercoats Bay. The Coastguard reported back that they believed the man to be in a house as a television could be heard in the background of the call. After a thorough search of the surrounding Bay, caves and rocks, it was decided that the call was a false alarm with malicious intent.

120/07 - 3rd November 18.53h IRT

A vessel returning to the River Tyne spotted a red flare in the air somewhere near the Whitley Bay Coastline and informed the Coastguard. Brigade Members arrived on scene and after failing to find any vessels in difficulty and with numerous fireworks being set off, concluded that the call was a false alarm with good intent.

119/07 - 28th October 11.57h IRT

In a similar fashion to the previous callout, the Brigade was again requested to keep watch over Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat as it towed a broken down boat at the mouth of the River Tyne to South Shields.

118/07 - 21st October 17.57h IRT

The Brigade was paged after a boat broke down at the mouth of the River Tyne. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene and towed the boat back to it's launching point in South Shields.

117/07 - 14th October 20.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to Seaton Sluice where a man was threatening to jump off the cliffs. As they approached the scene the Brigade was informed that the gentleman had been taken into police custody.

116/07 - 12th October 20.30h IRT

Along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, the Brigade was paged after the Coastguard received a report that a girl had been attacked and thrown into the sea at Cullercoats Bay. As a search began of the local area, Brigade Members were approached by a group of teenagers who stated that they thought the girl had run off, however, as this information could not be confirmed the search was continued in conjunction with Northumbria Police. A short while later, a Police C.I.D. unit confirmed that they had located the missing girl near St. Georges Church.

115/07 - 7th October 06.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving reports of people jumping into the sea from the rocks infront of the Rex Hotel, Whitley Bay. As Brigade Members made their way to the scene the Police informed the Coastguard that they had dealt with the incident and no further assistance was required.

114/07 - 2nd October 07.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue Helicopter 128 was in bound from Sheffield with an ill baby. The landing site was secured and, due to the extreme weight of the incubator, 5 Brigade Members, 2 Freeman Hospital security staff and the crew of the helicopter carried the incubator from the Helicopter an awaiting ambulance.

113/07 - 30th September 16.10h IRT

While on a local area patrol at St. Mary's Lighthouse, the Brigade noticed two people on the island who seemed oblivious to the incoming tide which was about to cut them off from the mainland. Two Brigade members waded across the causeway and escorted the two women safely back to their car.

112/07 - 26th September 17.55h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend Cullercoats Bay where they had received a report of children acting dangerously in rough seas. Brigade Members arrived on scene and issued the children with suitable safety advice.

111/07 - 20th September 18.34h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with another request to attend Tynemouth Longsands where it was reported a women was in the water, fully clothed and in great danger. The first Brigade Member on scene approached the women who was now waist deep in the sea and guided her to the shoreline. As additoninal Brigade Members arrived on scene, it was clear that the lady had been fully immersed in the sea and that she was extremely distressed. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene and provided a plastic body cover to keep her warm. She was then cared for by the Brigade and passed into the care of Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service who took her to North Tyneside General Hospital.

110/07 - 20th September 16.20h IRT

While Brigade Members attended a Charity Tea Party hosted by the Chair of the Council, they were paged to attend Tynemouth Longsands where a report had been received of a dog swimming out to sea. 'Henry', a chocolate Labrador was roughly half a mile off shore with a surfer in pursuit attempting to persuade the dog to return to the shore. As Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene, the surfer managed to turn the dog around and it was taken aboard by the Lifeboat crew and returned to its very grateful owner on the shore. The Brigade then returned to the Tea Party to finish their tea and make sure no one had taken their raffle tickets!

109/07 - 17th September 19.35h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a 999 call was taken reporting that the vehicle being used to remove firework equipment from the North Tyne Pier, following the departure of the QE2, was being swamped by waves breaking over the pier which was placing lives in danger. Three Brigade Members arrived on scene, donned lifejackets, and went along the pier and met up with the vehicle which had now started to drive toward the shore side of the Pier. The two occupants inside the vehicle stated that 5 of their crew were still along the Pier and one was reported as missing. Brigade members requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and went back along the Pier looking for the group of men. After roughly 10 minutes, the Brigade Members managed to account for all the workmen, including the one who was thought to be missing but was in fact just sheltering in an arch. With all persons accounted for, the Brigade Members (rather wet and salty) informed the Coastguard that all persons were safe and well and returned to station.

108/07 - 16th September 11.08h IRT

While on a coastal patrol, team members were requested to locate and observe a white and green cabin cruiser reported as sinking off the North Tyne Pier. The River Tyne Pilot Cutter arrived on scene first and kept the vessel afloat until Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat arrived and took the vessel under tow and stopped the ingress of water. The vessel was returned safely to its launching point in South Shields.

107/07 - 14th September 16.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a family of three, including a young girl, trapped on rocks off Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a watch over the family who, while being in no immediate danger, were facing a two hour wait in chilly conditions waiting for the tide to drop before they could safely walk back to the shore. The decision was made for the family to be rescued via lifeboat and Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat were tasked to the scene. The All-Weather Lifeboat arrived on scene and launched its Y-Class Lifeboat which is kept onboard the boat. The Y-boat reached the family and recovered them to the larger vessel before they were returned to Tynemouth Lifeboat Station.

106/07 - 14th September 14.04h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a man reporting that his dog had fallen into the River Tyne at St. Peter's Basin and that he was unable to recover it. The Brigade along with Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade Units were tasked to this incident. As Brigade Members and the Fire Boat arrived on scene, a passing fishing boat recovered the dog and returned it safely to its owner.

105/07 - 12th September 18.58h IRT

While Brigade Members dealt with the first incident, they were approached by a group of twelve year old boys who asked for assistance as one of their friends had fell off his bike and injured himself in the moat surrounding Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members arrived on scene and placed the casualty in their basket stretcher and put a vacuum splint on his right arm that was suspected to be dislocated. The young male was then carried to an awaiting ambulance by 10 Brigade members and placed into the care of North East Ambulance Service.

104/07 - 12th September 18.48h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a boat on fire with five persons in the water off Herd Sands, South Shields. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, RAF Rescue Helicopter 128, South Shields VLB, Northumbria Police and North East Ambulance Units were also tasked to this incident. Brigade members, who were already at the Watch house carrying out gardening, had the persons in the water under observation within a minute of being paged. Brigade members guided the lifeboat into the area however, some of the people in the water were picked up by a passing speedboat while the others managed to swim to shore. All persons were accounted for with three of the crew being taken to a local hospital for a check-up.

103/07 - 11th September 14.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a surfer in difficulty just off the north end of King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth. Four Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the 18 year old male had safely returned to the shore and required no further assistance. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was paged to attend this incident but was stood down before launching.

102/07 - 7th September 16.30h IRT

While on a local area patrol, the Brigade were tasked to keep a watch on Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat as they towed a black and white speedboat to South Shields. The vessel, with five persons on board, was returned to its launching ramp.

101/07 - 5th September 20.25h IRT

While on monthly exercise at Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, the Brigade was requested along with Sunderland VLB to locate a small orange speedboat that had ran out of fuel somewhere around the mouth of the River Tyne. With the light rapidly failing, Brigade Members were dispatched to the Brigade's Watch house where a Ship's Light sits in the top room of the South Tower and was quickly used to light up the river mouth in a search for the vessel. A white parachute flare was also fired by Sunderland VLB and it was with this light that the vessel was located by two members of the TVLB. The vessel was found to be inside the South Tyne Pier and very close to the rocks. Members of Sunderland VLB guided Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat toward the boat and they then towed it back to the South Shields launching ramp.

100/07 - 4th September 01.52h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a person stood on the wrong side of the railings on the Tyne Bridge. The Brigade was requested to attend to the scene and set up communications with the Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Boat which was standing by in case the female was to fall. Once on scene it was established that the lady, while still on the wrong side of the railings, was in fact at the very southern end of the Bridge and would fall onto land should she jump and thus the Brigade were stood down by a Police Officer.

099/07 - 31st August 18.38h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a number of children jumping from the cliffs at Marconi Point, between Browns Bay and Cullercoats Bay. The caller had expressed concern at the fact that he had not see them return to safety. After a search by Brigade members and Police officers, the children were discovered to have returned safely to Cullercoats Bay and left the area.

098/07 - 29th August 01.33h IRT

Paged to take details of the crew of a boat that was being towed into Royal Quays Marina by Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat. Brigade Members attended and issued suitable safety advice before returning home to their beds.

097/07 - 26th August 15.59h IRT

Paged to locate and observe a vessel that had broken down on the River Tyne near St. Peter's Basin. The vessel was located by Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and returned under tow to Royal Quays Marina.

096/07 - 25th August 15.58h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to keep watch over a broken down boat Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat were towing into Cullercoats Bay. The vessel was met by Brigade Members and details were taken and passed to the Coastguard control room.

095/07 - 18th August 20.45h IRT

HM Coastguard requested Brigade members to investigate a sighting of a red flare on the River Tyne. A search was conducted but nothing was found.

094/07 - 16th August 20.34h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard, after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police, paged the Brigade, Blyth and Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Teams and Cullercoats, Blyth and Newbiggin RNLI Inshore Lifeboats to assist in the search for a female who was threatening to cause harm to herself somewhere along the coast between Seaton Sluice and Blyth. As the Brigade Backup Response Team prepared to move North from St.Mary's Island, new information suggested the casualty was in the Newbiggen area and the Brigade were stood down. The casualty was later located in the centre of Newbiggin and taken into Police custody.

093/07 - 16th August 16.09h IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from King Edward's Bay Lifeguards who were treating a 23 year old male who had suffered a head wound after tombstoning at the south end of the Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene and monitored the casualty who had received first aid off the lifeguards who had successfully stopped the bleeding from his head wound. An ambulance arrived on scene and took the casualty to North Tyneside General Hospital where his head wound could be properly cleaned and stitched back together.

092/07 - 15th August 18.13h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a dog swimming out to sea off the Rendezvous Café, Whitley Bay, with the owner considering swimming after it. As Brigade Members arrived on scene the dog decided, not to keep swimming away from the shore, but to turn around and return to the shoreline fit and well, if a little damp.

090/07 - 15th August 15.46h IRT

A Police Community Support Officer was asked by a member of the public to inspect an object that could be seen off King Edwards Bay, Tynemouth, and was causing some concern as it was possibly a boat in difficulty. The PCSO asked the Northumbria Police Helicopter to inspect the object and as they were also unsure as to what it was they decided to inform HM Coastguard who requested the Brigade to inspect the object. On scene, Brigade Members confirmed the object was in fact a lifeguard swimming to and from a lobster pot marking as part of a training exercise and required no assistance.

090/07 - 14th August 21.46h IRT

The Brigade was paged by HM Coastguard after they received a report of a female in difficulty and requiring assistance roughly 20 metres out to sea at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also tasked to the scene. The female was recovered to the shore by the crew of the lifeboat where, against the advice of all rescue personal, she declined to be taken to hospital for further attention and decided to leave the scene.

089/07 - 11th August 17.55h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request for Brigade members to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site. Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer landed a short while later and Brigadesmen assisted with the transfer of an injured mountain biker from the helicopter to a waiting ambulance.

088/07 - 10th August 15.56h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a mother reporting she had lost sight of her 2 year old child somewhere on Cullercoats Bay. As Brigade members and local beach lifeguards arrived on scene, it was confirmed that the child had been found safe and well.

087/07 - 9th August 14.54h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a radio message from a boat stating it was broken down off St. Mary's Island and requiring assistance. A tow was attached between the boat and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and a course was set for the boat's marina at Royal Quays. However, a short while into the tow, the vessel was able to restart its engine and chose to resume fishing and therefore all rescue units were stood down.

086/07 - 7th August 21.06h IRT

The Brigade, along with Northumbria Police and an ambulance from the North East Ambulance Service were tasked to Cullercoats Bay where a report had been received of a youth who had been injured by a rock and required assistance. Once on scene it was established that the 16 year old male had been hit on the head by a rock thrown at him by another youth however, going against the requests of the ambulance service, refused hospital attention and was allowed to leave the scene.

085/07 - 7th August 18.02h IRT

A North Tyneside Council Beach Lifeguard spotted a broken down personal water craft roughly one mile east of the Tynemouth Longsands beach, with two people on board and with at least one clinging onto the side of the craft. The Lifeguard informed crew members of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat who self launched, and also informed HM Coastguard who paged the Brigade. Cullercoats Lifeboat arrived on scene and towed the vessel back to Cullercoats Bay where it was met by a Brigade Member who issued them with suitable safety advice.

084/07 - 7th August 16.06h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that the 'Laura June', one of the few regular fishing boats who's home port is Cullercoats Bay, was sinking in the Playground, South of the South Tyne Pier. Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were both tasked to the boat and managed to prevent the vessel from sinking with Cullercoats Lifeboat then towing her back to her moorings off Cullercoats Bay.

083/07 - 5th August 21.06h IRT

That night, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting people acting dangerously around Marconi Point, Cullercoats. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and issued the six youths with suitable safety advice.

082/07 - 5th August 18.02h IRT

Later on in the patrol, the team were tasked to Blyth Beach where it was reported a car was sinking with persons trapped inside. When team members arrived on scene they were met by officers from the local Police Force who confirmed everyone was safe and well but that the car was facing a much less cheerful fate as it was rapidly filling with water and in danger of being washed out to sea. Brigade members, along with crew members from Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, attached a tow line to the Mitsubishi Pajero, and with the help of 20 or so members of the public managed to recover the vehicle from the sea. The next hour was spent slowly towing the vehicle, and the Personal Water Craft it had been attempting to recover off the beach and to a local car park, which was made much easier with the assistance of a local farmer and his fork lift truck. It was later discovered the vehicle had become stuck in the sea when it had attempted to recover the Water Craft after it had broken down and failed to reach the usual recovery point at the North end of the beach.

081/07 - 5th August 14.52h IRT

While on a local area patrol, team members were requested to attend King Edward's Bay where it was reported a male was unconscious in the water and in need of assistance. Team members arrived on scene and assisted the casualty, who had now regained consciousness, into an ambulance which took him to North Tyneside General Hospital for further attention. It later transpired that the man had entered the water to rescue two boys, aged 13 and 10, who were being swept out to sea, but that he had collapsed while in the water and needed to be rescued by North Tyneside Beach Lifeguards. The two young boys were also rescued and returned to the shore safe and well.

080/07 - 4th August 12.21h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to locate and observe the 16 foot white cabin cruiser 'Lucy' who had broken down 1 and ½ miles off Cullercoats Bay. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat located the vessel and towed her back to her launching point in South Shields.

079/07 - 2nd August 05.48h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request from the Tyne and Wear Fire Boat to provide a communication link between themselves and the Coastguard at the Tyne Bridge, which a man was stood at the very top of, and was threatening to jump off. Three Brigade members attended and looked on as the man was eventually persuaded to come down off the Bridge and was taken in to Police custody at 06.40hrs.

078/07 - 1st August 17.34h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and tasked Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, who were out on exercise, to attend the cliffs to the south of St. Mary's Island where two teenagers, who were staying at the nearby caravan park, had become stuck. As Brigade members and the Lifeboat arrived on scene it was confirmed that the youths had been rescued by officers from Northumbria Police.

077/07 - 31st July 16.44h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting three youths trapped on St. Mary's Island and possibly in difficulty after being seen swimming around the Island in rough conditions. The Brigade landrover, which was positioned at Tynemouth Longsands beach providing back up to the beach lifeguards, proceeded to the scene along with a Whitley Bay Beach Lifeguard. When units arrived on scene they were able to make contact with the youths who then rang the Coastguard control room in Bridlington. Here they said they were going to swim back to the main land, which would have placed them in extreme danger, and refuted calls from the Brigade and the Coastguard for them to stay on the Island till the tide dropped sufficiently so they could use the causeway safely. Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was then tasked to the scene and winched the three youths from the island and landed them on the mainland on a landing site manned by Brigade members. It later transpired that the youths had bragged to the inhabitants of the Island on the previous day that they were going to get deliberately cut off so that the Helicopter would be required to rescue them and therefore Northumbria Police were requested and are now dealing with the incident.

The misuse of rescue units is treated very seriously if it is proven to have occured during a rescue.

076/07 - 30th July 16.45h IRT

During the monitoring of the surfer, a report came in of two missing 13 year old males on Tynemouth Longsands Beach. The decision was made to page the rest of the Brigade IRT team and request Cullercoats Lifeboat to attend to the scene to assist in the search. As further Brigade members and the Lifeboat arrived on scene, the two missing males were found safe and well by Beach Lifeguards.

075/07 - 30th July 16.15h IRT

While on a local area patrol, Brigade members along with North Tyneside Beach Lifeguards noticed a surfer approximately 200 metres off the old swimming pool at Tynemouth Longsands who appeared to be having difficulties reaching the shore in rough conditions, but who was not immediately requesting assistance. The decision was made to monitor the surfer however, at 16.45hrs, with the surfer still not making any headway, and with the other incident in mind, the decision was made to request Cullercoats RNLI to the scene. Once on scene the inshore lifeboat spoke to the surfer who, although in good health, requested a lift back to the shore as he was making very slow progress. He was returned to the Lifeboat station, where the lifeboat crew skilfully recovered their boat to its trailer in difficult conditions, and once checked over by a paramedic, left the scene.

074/07 - 29th July 18.47h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from the cafe on Tynemouth Longsands of a missing surfer. As rescue units arrived on scene it was confirmed that the man had been found safe and well and all units were stood down.

073/07 - 26th July 20.36h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from the North East Ambulance Service of a male sat in the water at the steps leading to the south promenade at St. Mary's Island and requiring assistance. The gentleman was located by the emergency services and given attention as he was a diabetic and had a low blood sugar that had led him to have a fall and suffer a cut to the head. After treatment the gentleman's condition soon improved and he was able to leave the scene.

072/07 - 24th July 18.10h IRT

Later that afternoon, while performing a casualty extraction exercise for the press team, the Brigade were diverted to Cullercoats Bay where it was reported a 14 year old boy had his foot stuck in a lobster pot line and was unable to free himself. As team members arrived on scene, crew members of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat self-launched the boat and managed to free the child from the lobster pot. The boy was then checked over by an ambulance crew and after being given the all-clear was reunited with his relieved parents. It later emerged the boy had been attempting to steal lobsters from the pots and it must be reiterated that this is an extremely dangerous and illegal activity to partake in and the child is lucky that he was rescued so quickly by the Lifeboat crew.

071/07 - 24th July 16.10h IRT

While on patrol with a press team from Land Rover Owner International Magazine, the Brigade were requested to check on the safety of a number of children who appeared to have been cut off by the tide on the Bears Back Rocks at the North end of Tynemouth Longsands. The report had come from a Northumbria Police Traffic unit who had been informed of the situation by a member of the Public. The Brigade along with the North Tyneside Council Personal Water Craft based at Longsands Beach spoke to the lads who were having a swim and required no further assistance.

70/07 - 22nd July 13.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from King Edward's Bay Lifeguards who were attending to a fisherman on their Beach. The man was in a disorientated state and had a history of medical problems. The male was cared for by Lifeguards and Brigade Members until a paramedic arrived on scene and took the casualty to North Tyneside General Hospital for further attention.

69/07 - 19th July 19.25h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of three persons in difficulty at Cullercoats Bay. A Brigade member was on scene within a minute of being paged and looked on as the Lifeboat launched and immediately rescued the casualties as they were less than 50 yards from the Lifeboat Station. While none of the group, who had been pier jumping for more than an hour at Cullercoats, had suffered major injuries, a decision was made to take one of them to hospital as he was suffering from mild hypothermia and water inhalation and required further attention.

068/07 - 16th July 19.06h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to be on standby to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was possibly going to land a walker injured on Hadrian's Wall. As team members prepared to attend, it was confirmed the walker was to be taken to a hospital in Cumbria rather than in Newcastle.

067/07 - 15th July 15.59h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a Brigade member had spotted a distressed female on Newcastle Quayside. The team member cared for the lady until Police units arrived on scene and dealt with the incident accordingly.

066/07 - 14th July 14.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to locate and observe a white cabin cruiser who had suffered mechanical failure 2 miles due east of the south Tyne Pier. The vessel was kept under observation while Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather lifeboat proceeded to the scene and set up a tow. With news that the vessel had sailed from a mooring on the south side of the River, the tow was observed until both boats were safely within the Piers and then the Brigade returned to station.

065/07 - 13th July 23.13h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report off Northumbria Police of a man who may have jumped off the Blaydon Bridge, upriver on the River Tyne. The gentleman had been seen acting suspiciously by a passing motorist who had then returned for another look but could no longer see the man. Along with the Brigade Backup Response Team there was also Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade tenders, North East Ambulance Service members and a number of Police Officers on scene. As the Brigade's back up response team arrived on scene the decision was made that there was insufficient evidence to mount a search of the River and so all units were stood down.

064/07 - 11th July 09.10h IRT

HM Coastguard requested Brigade members meet the fishing vessel 'Suvera' at Royal Quays Marina who had broken down 8 miles east of the Tyne Piers and had then been towed back to safety by Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat. The vessel was met by two team members who gathered all required details and issued suitable safety advice.

063/07 - 10th July 14.18h IRT

Brigade members were informed by a North Tyneside Council Lifeguard of a car stuck in the sand at Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. Two Brigade members took the Brigade land rover along to the slope and after removing a large amount of sand from underneath the stuck Ford Fiesta, then managed to tow the car clear from the sand and back up the slope. HM Coastguard was kept fully informed during the duration of the incident.

062/07 - 8th July 16.55h IRT

HM Coastguard requested Brigade members to locate a broken down 16 foot white cabin cruiser which was somewhere off Tynemouth Longsands. The vessel was located by a North Tyneside Council Lifeguard and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was then directed towards the cruiser. The boat was then towed back to Tynemouth Haven where Two Brigade members assisted the three man crew in getting the boat onto its trailer. The winch on the front of the Brigade Landrover was then used to get the trailer and the vessel owner's 4x4 out of the soft sand at the Haven which it had become well and truly stuck in. It was identified that the vessel had broken down due to a lack of fuel and the crew were given suitable advice to ensure that this does not happen again.

061/07 - 7th July 19.30h IRT

HM Coastguard requested two Brigade Captains to proceed to Cullercoats Bay where a report had been received of a personal water craft acting dangerously within the Harbour where a number of young children were swimming. Once on scene, a number of people were spoken to by the Brigade Captains and local Police and issued with suitable safety advice.

060/07 - 2nd July 22.28h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a request was received from Northumbria Police for assistance in the search for a missing 23 year old male. The casualty was described as vulnerable with a tendency to being violent. The full Brigade Backup Response Team was called out and team members began searching the south end of Longsands beach, where the man had last been seen. Team members interviewed members of the public who were on the beach and after they reported seeing the male towards the north end of the beach, all units were diverted there. Shortly after this, the man gave himself up to Police Officers. Along with the Brigade, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and Police ground and air units were involved in the search which ended at 23.15hrs.

059/07 - 1st July 18.45h IRT

Brigade members were paged after two 999 calls were received reporting a suspicious object floating out to sea off Whitley Bay Beach. Team members arrived on scene and were still unable to confirm what the object was and had some concerns that it may be a diver floating on their back and so requested Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to carry out a further inspection. The lifeboat found the object roughly half a mile out to sea and confirmed that it was in fact 4 black balloons tied together and so the incident was a false alarm with good intent.

058/07 - 29th June 15.49h IRT

HM Coastguard received a 999 call reporting a swimmer in difficulty off Whitley Bay Beach and so requested the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to attempt a rescue. As units proceeded towards the beach it was discovered that the call was in fact a malicious hoax and all units were stood down.

057/07 - 24th June 14.50h IRT

As team members made their way home after the earlier patrol they noticed two ambulances attending Browns Bay. On investigation they found the emergency services were attending to an unconscious male at the Northern end of the promenade at Browns Bay. HM Coastguard were informed and the two team members assisted the Ambulances in gaining direct access to the casualty and assisting in his removal to hospital.

056/07 - 24th June 13.00h IRT

While on a local area patrol the Brigade were requested to keep watch over the 26 ft fishing vessel Abbie Rose after she broke down roughly 2 miles due east of the South Tyne Pier. The vessel was recovered by Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat and towed to Royal Quays Marina where she was met by Brigade members.

055/07 - 24th June 03.39h IRT

Team members were requested to attend reports of a man clinging onto the side of the Swing Bridge in the River Tyne. Team members arrived on scene to find the 24 year old had been rescued by the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade Rescue boat and was in the care of the Ambulance Service. It became clear that the man had climbed over the railings of the Swing Bridge after being caught short after a night of heavy drinking. While on the wrong side of the railings he slipped and thus ended up in the River.

054/07 - 20th June 10.07h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a 999 call was received reporting a man possibly in difficulty while swimming at Cullercoats Bay. A Brigade member was on scene within a minute of being paged and was able to confirm that the man was a regular swimmer in the Bay and required no further assistance. The call was a false alarm with good intent and the first informant was thanked for his vigilance and correct handling of the situation.

053/07 - 17th June 23.38h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a request was received from North East Ambulance Service for assistance in the safe removal of an injured young female who had fallen from the lower promenade onto the beach at King Edwards Bay. Team members assisted paramedics in transferring the casualty into an ambulance.

052/07 - 15th June 21.45h IRT

In a similar fashion to the earlier call of the day, team members were asked to investigate reports of a surfer on the Black Middens rocks in front of our Watch house. Team members once again were able to confirm that the surfer was in no danger and required no assistance.

051/07 - 15th June 15.30h IRT

HM Coastguard requested team members attend to a report of a surfer in difficulty off Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that the surfer was in fact a local beach lifeguard practicing in the surf and who required no assistance.

050/07 - 14th June 23.17h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a flashing red light off Whitley Bay. Team members arrived on scene and confirmed the light was in fact the ordnance buoy, but thanked the first informant for his vigilance and prudent behaviour.

049/07 - 10th June 17.20h IRT

While on a local area patrol, team members were requested to keep watch on a broken down fishing vessel near the South Tyne Pier. Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather lifeboat took the vessel under tow and returned it to its mooring on the south side of the river where it was met by members of Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team.

048/07 - 10th June 01.27h IRT

Team members were requested to proceed up river and provide a communication link with Rescue Helicopter 131 as it was intending to carry out a search of the river for a missing person. As a Brigade Captain and Brigade team member made their way towards the Brigade vehicle they were advised that the crew of 131 had decided that on scene fog made flying conditions too dangerous and decided to return to base, as did the two team members.

04707 - 5th June 12.55h IRT

Paged to assist a broken down vessel in the River Tyne near the Scotswood Bridge. The pleasure craft, with 43 people on board, was assisted by a privately owned recovery vessel who towed it to a suitable marina. Here it was met by team members who gathered all required details and issued suitable safety advice.

046/07 - 3rd June 13.13h IRT

King Edwards Bay Lifeguards requested assistance after the 'sand man' machine, used to clean their beach, ceased to work and required assitance in being removed for repair. Three team members arrived on scene and removed the machine from the beach and also assisted a North Tynside Council cleaning van that had burnt out it's clutch in trying to remove the 'sand man' from the beach before the brigade arrived.

045/07 - 1st June 17.10h IRT

As team members left Cullercoats Bay, they were requested to proceed to Whitley Bay Beach where one of the council lifeguards had been assaulted. He was treated by team members for a minor cut he had received.

044/07 - 1st June 16.35h IRT

HM Coastguard paged team members after a request from North Tyneside Council Beach Lifeguards who had spotted a young male hanging on to a cliff wall just north of their station at Cullercoats Bay. The 15 year old man, who had been jumping off the sea wall behind the Queens Head Pub, had become exhausted and did not have enough strength to reach safety and, with the tide in, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were unable to safely reach the casualty. A Brigade section leader, wearing cliff rescue equipment, was lowered down the 50ft sea wall till he reached the casualty whom he safely secured to his harness. The pair were then carefully winched back up the sea wall using the winch on the front of the Brigade landrover and monitored at all times by 7 Brigade members. Once at the top of the wall the young male was checked for any injuries, and, once deemed fit and well, was allowed to leave the scene.

043/07 - 1st June 12.30 IRT

Requested to attend to a car stuck in the sand at Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. Brigade landrover was used to remove the car from the sand and suitable safety advice was issued to the owner.

042/07 - 31st May 09.45h IRT

Paged to meet a vessel being escorted into Royal Quays Marina by Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat. The boat had broken down 16 miles east of the Tyne Piers and was then towed back towards the Tyne by the Lifeboat. On reaching the marina, the vessel was able to fix its problem and proceed into port under its own power. Here it was met by team members who gathered details of the crew and passed them onto the Coastguard control room.

041/07 - 30th May 22.35h IRT

HM coastguard requested Brigade members assist members of the North East Ambulance Service who required access to the lower promenade at Browns Bay. Two Brigade captains arrived on scene and opened the barrier so that the Ambulance could evacuate an injured male with a broken ankle.

040/07 - 27th May 16.00h IRT

The third call of the day came as team members were at Tynemouth Longsands where the North Tyneside Council Friendship games were taking place. Brigadesmen were requested by North Tyneside Council Lifeguards to assist them with a 15 year old female participating in the games that had collapsed and was suffering breathing difficulties. Team members, along with St. John Ambulance officials who were also at the games, administered first aid to the girl and placed her on oxygen treatment. An ambulance arrived on scene and after a thorough assessment by a paramedic, the girl returned to the taking part in the games.

039/07 - 27th May 12.00h IRT

Later that day, while on a coastal patrol, brigade members were requested to make their way to Browns Bay where a report had been received from Northumbria Police of a person in the water. Team members arrived on scene but quickly confirmed that the incident was a false alarm with good intent as the 'person' was in fact Cullercoats RNLI's training dummy.

038/07 - 27th May 10.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the brigade to attend Royal Quays marina where Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat were towing in a broken down boat which had suffered mechanical failure by the South Tyne Pier. Two team members and members from South Shields VLB attended the scene and collected all required details and issued the crew of the boat with suitable safety advice.

037/07 - 20th May 17.15h IRT

Team members were requested to attend Cullercoats Bay where a member of the public had reported seeing an inflatable being blown out to sea placing its two occupants in severe danger. Team members and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene and found that the four occupants of the inflatable, all residents to the village of Cullercoats, where not in any difficulty, but were requested to stay within the relative safety of the Harbour.

036/07 - 19th May 12.50h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving reports of two canoeists in trouble off Tynemouth Longsands. Brigade members and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene where the canoeists were found to be safe and well and returning directly to shore. Here they were met by Brigade members who checked they were fit and well, and after gathering all required details, allowed the canoeists to leave the scene and then all rescue units returned to station.

035/07 - 18th May 16.30h IRT

As team members left the landing site, they were requested to go to Cullercoats Bay and gather details of a small speedboat that Cullercaots RNLI Inshore Lifeboat had towed in after it was spotted broken down some 2 miles east of Cullercoats Bay. This was carried out by team members and, once all information was gathered and passed onto HM Coastguard, all units returned to station.

034/07 - 18th May 16.00h IRT

HM Coastguard requested team members attend the Freeman Hospital helicopter landing site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 128 was in bound with an 8 year old boy from a hospital near Stoke. Team members arrived on scene, secured the site and assisted in the safe transfer of the boy from the helicopter to a waiting ambulance.

033/07 - 17th May 16.45h IRT

While on a local area patrol, Brigade members spotted a 12ft fishing boat attempting to row ashore to Whitley Bay Beach. Team members requested Cullercoats Lifeboat be sent to assist the vessel and then positioned the team land rover in such a way so that they could use the on board Public Address system to inform the vessel that a lifeboat had been sent to rescue them. It later transpired that the boat had no VHF radio, flare box, mobile phone, or any way at all to raise the alarm and get help and were fortune team members spotted them. Cullercoats ILB arrived on scene and towed the vessel to the causeway at St. Mary's Island where the boat had launched. Here team members assisted in putting the boat on its trailer, before gathering all required information and returning to station.

032/07 - 8th May 18.08h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving reports of a broken down, unmanned, personal water craft in the sea, off the north end of Longsands beach, opposite St. Georges Church. Team members arrived on scene and confirmed that the vessel was in fact a small dive boat with all persons on board safe and well. With this information the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, who had also been tasked to this incident, stood down and returned to station.

031/07 - 7th May 18.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged team members after a report of a ten year old boy in the River Tyne near Dunston requiring assistance. As team members prepared to make their way to the scene it was confirmed that the child had been rescued.

030/07 - 1st May 20.00h IRT

A Brigade team member noticed a red distress flare in the sky somewhere over the Royal Quays Marina and, as he informed HM Coastguard of this sighting, a number of 999 calls also reported the red flare being fired. At the request of the coastguard, five Brigade members then carried out a search from the North Tyne Pier to the Royal Quays Marina for any persons or vessels that could have been in danger and set off the flare. After a thorough search of the area and with nothing suspicious found, it was decided the flare had been fired over land and so all team members returned to station.

029/07 - 28th April 21.50h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a person apparently on board a DFDS ferry who claimed to have seen someone jump from the North Tyne Pier. HM Coastguard were suspicious about the reliability of the call as no DFDS ferry was due to sail from the River Tyne until the following morning, however, as the signal from the callers phone located them somewhere in the Royal Quays area, the Brigade were requested to investigate. After a search of the Royal Quays and DFDS terminal area it was concluded that the call was indeed a malicious hoax and a total waste of lifesaving resources that could be required elsewhere on our coastline and therefore the team returned to station.

028/07 - 25th April 19.50h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a request for assistance from the ambulance service for a diver who reportedly had a spike through his leg near Table Rocks, Browns Bay. Upon arrival a bystander informed the Brigade that the man was in fact an unconscious non-breathing casualty and two fellow divers had commenced CPR. Brigade members took over the CPR and attached a bag and mask with oxygen, and then used the Brigades defibrillator to try and resuscitate the casualty. The gentleman was also attended to by members of the ambulance service, and to assist on the trip to hospital, a Brigade Captain continued CPR in the back of the ambulance on route to North Tyneside General Hospital. Despite the best efforts of his fellow divers, Brigade team members and the North East Ambulance Service, the man died later that evening. The Brigade expresses its condolences to the relatives of the man.

027/07 - 22nd April 17.10h IRT

The team were paged later that day to investigate a report of a boat in distress somewhere within our local area. A mobile phone call was received by HM Coastguard stating the vessel was drifting in choppy seas, but the phone went dead before a position could be confirmed. For this reason Blyth and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboats were launched to search for the vessel. Blyth Lifeboat found that boat, which had been able to restart its engine, and then escorted it back to Blyth Harbour. Team members proceeded to the boats mooring where the crew were issued with sea safety advice and requested to register there craft with the coastguard.

026/07 - 22nd April 13.15h IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard requested the Brigade keep watch on a broken down rigid-inflatable-vessel just off the mouth of the River Tyne. Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat towed the vessel back to its mooring at South Shields where it was met by members of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade.

025/07 - 16th April 19.25h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the team after request for assistance from the Ambulance service after they had received a report of a young man who had fallen while fishing in the old docks at Wallsend. Wallsend Fire Brigade were also called and were able to remove the casualty and the fence that was in their way.

024/07 - 14th April 13.38h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a 999 call reported a canister leaking a substance on to the beach at Whitley Bay. The Brigade was first on scene and immediately cordoned off the beach with a perimeter of 300 metres. The Brigade Backup Reponse Team was called in and team members assisted in securing the cordoned off area and also did a full search of the Beach for any other containers similar to the one causing concern. 8 Fire Brigade units arrived on scene and wearing contamination suits approached the canister and sealed it in a larger container. They then de-contaminated the area and themselves before handing the area back into the control of the Brigade. A Brigade member, also an employee of North Tyneside Council, then arranged for a council vehicle to attend the scene and with the help of the Brigade the canister was placed in the vehicle and taken away for analysis and disposal. Members of the ambulance service and police community support officers were also on scene. For a link to a press report of this incident please click Here.

023/07 - 9th April 19.06h IRT

As team members left North Tyneside General Hospital after the previous incident, an immediate call was received to attend to two young boys who had been spotted clinging to a cliff wall near Browns Bay, at the southern tip of Whitley Bay. Team members arrived on scene and after a brief search, it was soon established that on hearing the sirens of the Brigade land rover, the two lads had quickly climbed down from the wall and ran away from the scene. Team members later found out that the two boys were actually taking part in a dangerous game in which they climb up the cliff wall, wait for the tide to come in around them and then see if they can still climb up the wall. This is an extremely dangerous game that could place their lives in severe danger. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore lifeboat was also paged for this incident, but was stood down before launching. For a link to a press report of this incident please click HERE.

022/07 - 9th April 18.14h IRT

As team members were about to return to station after a days patrol, they were paged by HM Coastguard to attend to a severely hypothermic girl at Cullercoats Bay. The 13-year old had been in the sea for up to two hours and, after being spotted by members of the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards who were providing lifeguard cover on the beach, she was taken to Cullercoats RNLI station where she was cared for and attempts were made to warm her up. However, after an hour she was still extremely cold and required further assistance. Team members arrived on scene and, along with the lifeguards, cared for the girl until an ambulance arrived. Meanwhile, other team members looked after the girl's two friends, one of whom was suffering from a panic attack. An Ambulance and Police units arrived on scene and, after assessing the situation, it was agreed that all causalities should be taken to a local hospital for a check up. The brigade land rover proceeded to hospital where details were gathered and it was confirmed that girl had started to return to a normal body temperature. It later transpired that the young girl had been forced to stand in the water for the two hours against her will. While on the beach, a group of girls from her school had spotted her on the beach and forced her to stand in the water, saying that if she came out she would be physically abused. This incident is an extremely worrying case and one we hope never to deal with again as, had the girl been in the water for much longer, she would have been in a extremely critical condition. For a link to a press report of this incident please click HERE.

021/07 - 7th April 14.10h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a jet ski hitting the rocks at the north end of Tynemouth Long Sands, putting a number of persons into the sea. Team members immediately rushed to the scene, including three who left the wedding celebration of a fellow Brigade member which was taking place at our watch house. (The Groom made the sensible decision, as a good number of fellow team members were available to deal with the incident, to stay at the wedding!). Once on scene they discovered that a 14ft power boat had in fact overturned placing her four crew into the sea, and although all four had reached the shore, they were extremely hypothermic. The team land rover was used to transport the four crew to Cullercoats RNLI station where they were cared for and slowly warmed up. However, the decision was made that two of the four required further assistance and were taken to a local hospital. Cullercoats RNLI managed to tow the boat back to Cullercoats Bay where it was recovered onto its trailer. Two days later the rescuers involved met back up with the four lads as they came to recover the boat and it was pleasing to see that all four had made a full recovery. However, they were also issued with safety advice as they had no lifejackets, flares or radio on their powerboat, which could have assisted in their rescue. For a link to a press report of this incident please click HERE.

020/07 - 6th April 15.40h IRT

While returning from the two incidents in Newcastle, the team was requested to proceed Tynemouth where a report had been received of persons being cut off by the tide. Once on scene it was established that the group of six had already been moved by Police ground units and advised to paddle in a safer spot. After this hectic hour, the team returned to station.

019/07 - 6th April 14.50h IRT

While on route to the Tyne Bridges, the team were requested to go directly to the Redhugh Bridge where it was reported that a person was in the water requiring immediate assistance. As the team reached the scene it was confirmed by the Police Helicopter that all persons were out of the water and accounted for and so the team returned to incident 18.

018/07 - 6th April 14.33h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the team to provide a communications link between HM Coastguard and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat that was carrying out a search for a missing person near the Tyne Bridges. After briefly diverting to incident 19, the team then continued with assisting in the search for the missing person. After an extensive search the team and lifeboat were stood down and made their way back towards Tynemouth.

017/07 - 5th April 13.10h IRT

While at Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, observing the broken down vessel in incident 16, the team were requested to proceed to Blyth beach where a Vauxhall Frontera car was stuck in the stand and, with a rising tide, in danger of being washed out to sea. When the team arrived on scene approximately 15 minutes after being task, they established that the car had been pulled clear of the sand by a construction truck who happened to be close by, and the car had then made a quick getaway from the scene.

016/07 - 5th April 13.00h IRT

While on a local area patrol, the team were tasked to keep observations on a small fishing vessel being towed by Cullercoats Lifeboat towards South Shields. This vessel was eventually met by South Shields VLB who assisted with securing the vessel to its mooring at South Shields.

015/07 - 31st March 13.00h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a request was received from local Police for assistance in locating a vunerable young woman who had disappeared along the coastline in the vacinity of Tynemouth. After an exstensive search by 9 Brigade Members including the Backup Response Team, the lady was found and cared for until the Police were able to reach the scene.

014/07 - 23rd March 19.30h IRT

HM Coastguard requested that a team be sent to assist in the securing and manning of the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site in Newcastle for the arrival of Rescue Helicopter 128. A four man team made their way to the area and arrived in time to assist in the safe landing of Rescue 128 who dropped off a medical team and some equipment. They were then transferred via ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead where they were due to prepare a man for helicopter transfer to a specialist hospital. During this time Rescue 128 left the area to refuel in order to be fully ready for the next leg of the flight. The ambulance returned approximately an hour later with the medical team and their kit, however, they did not have the casualty as it was deemed he was in too serious a condition for a helicopter flight. With this news Rescue 128 returned to its base and the Brigade team stood down and returned to Tynemouth at 21.30h.

013/07 - 19th March 14.41h IRT

Identical callout to number 11, as the workmen on Pen Bal Crag, Tynemouth Priory, were the source of concern for members of the public. Once again team members arrived on scene and found everyone to be safe and this incident was a false alarm with good intent

012/07 - 17th March 17.25h IRT

Brigade Members were paged to attend to a broken down vessel near the Vickers factory on the River Tyne. Three team members arrived on scene and with the help of the Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Boat, secured the vessel at Derwent Marina. The three occupants of the vessel were then issued with suitable safety advice on the safe operating of a vessel on a River.

011/07 - 12th March 12.17h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after reports of people climbing underneath the old Coastguard Station at Tynemouth Priory. Brigade team members arrived on scene and found that it was workmen carrying out work to the cliff and that they were safe and secure and so the team returned to station.

010/07 - 9th March 01.15h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to search from St. Mary's Island to the River Tyne for a missing male. The man's disappearance had sparked a major search operation with the Backup Response Team, Fell rescue teams and Police Units all trying to locate him. At 03.45, after a complete search of the coastline, and with the man not located, the brigade was stood down. At 04.30 the team were then informed that the man had been found at the Regents Centre.

009/07 - 7th March 13.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request for team members to secure the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site in central Newcastle for the arrival of Rescue Helicopter Sea King 177. The site was secured and cleared of any debris and then the helicopter landed and a man, injured near Hadrian's Wall, was taken to a local hospital via ambulance.

008/07 - 27th February 14.20h IRT

After a collision between the car carrier 'Pacific Angel' and the fishing vessel 'Shaligar' on the River Tyne, which left the 'Shaligar' requiring the assistance of Tynemouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat, the Brigade was called out to keep a watch on the tow and meet the fishing vessel at North Shields fish quay. The 'Shaligar', although badly damaged, did not have any ingress of water and was able to limp to the marina, escorted by the Lifeboat, were it was met by Brigade members who took details of the circumstances of the incident and confirmed no first aid assistance was required. The 'Pacific Angel' was not significantly damaged and was able to continue on its passage to Teesside. The incident is now being dealt with by the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch. For a press report of this incident please click HERE.

007/07 - 24th February 00.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from the Police that a man had jumped from the Swing Bridge into the River Tyne. As two Brigade Captains and 2 Brigade members left Tynemouth on their way to the scene, it was confirmed that the man had been recovered by the Police and so all units stood down.

006/07 - 1st February 16.35h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to locate a broken down boat with two men and a dog on board near the Scotswood Bridge, River Tyne. A Brigade Captain and team member arrived on scene and kept watch over the vessel as Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat made its way the 12 miles up river to the vessel. Once on seen they towed the 'Abbie Rose' to Tyne Cruise Club, Newburn, under the watchful eyes of the Brigade members who met the vessel at the Club and gathered all necessary details.

005/07 - 27th January 18.27h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving two 999 calls reporting a red flare being fired somewhere up the River Tyne, just east of the Tyne Bridge. One call had been taken from a man on the Tyne Bridge, and another from a resident living near Walker Riverside Park. As one brigade member made his way towards the Tyne Bridge end of the search area, a Brigade captain and one team member took the Brigade landrover and headed to the Walker area. They located a group of fishermen by the Royal Marine Reserve Base who had also witnessed the red parachute flare but were certain it had been fired from inland on the south side of the River near Gateshead International Stadium. After relaying the information to the Coastguard control room and consulting the map, it was concluded that all the reports put the flare well inland on the south side of the River and so all team members were stood down and returned to station.

004/07 - 27th January 09.50h IRT + BRT

The Brigade Chairman was contacted by a local Police officer who requested that he call out the Brigade search team to locate a 58 year old man who had not been seen since 2am that morning. As 15 Brigadesmen, including members of the Backup Response Team, prepared to commence a search from North Shields Fish Quay to St. Mary's Island, it was confirmed that the man had been located.

003/07 - 21st January 14.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to visit the headquarters of a diving firm in Newcastle. They had received information that a man from Wales had gone diving with someone from the diving group but could not now be contacted. The Captain visited the firm but could not locate any contacts, however, after further investigations, all persons were found to be safe and well.

002/07 - 6th January 12.51h IRT

Paged by HM Coastguard to give immediate assistance to a person fallen on the rocks to the south of St. Mary's Island who, with the tide rapidly rising around him, was in grave danger. The man, a local fisherman digging for bait who was also a diabetic, had fallen and cut his head. Along with the crew of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, brigade members put the casualty into a stretcher and with the assistance of members of the public, carried him to a waiting ambulance.

As a TVLB Captain was leaving the scene, a Member of the Public informed him of a seal put that appeared to be stranded on the beach. Upon examination the pup was found to be purely resting and perfectly healthy and this was confirmed by a local Marine Mammal Medic. The pup eventually swam off, only to return further up the beach, but as neither dogs nor people could get near the pup and with the tide rising, the team stood down.

001/07 - 4th January 10.04h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist in the search for 6 missing rowing boats with an unconfirmed number of persons onboard near the Scotswood Road Bridge on the River Tyne. Along with the Brigade, Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, the Police Boat Northumbria and police ground units, a number of ambulances, and the Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Boat along with five Fire Engines were sent to assist in the rescue. Once on scene Brigade members worked hard in difficult circumstances due to strong winds and a failure of radio communications to establish how many person's were unaccounted for and with the help of the Fire and RNLI boats, were able to confirm that all person's had been rescued. A head count was then carried out on dry land to confirm that all 24 people who had taken part in the row were accounted for and safe. Further to that a Brigade section leader carried out medical checks on four of the casualties who had spent a considerable time on the water to ensure they required no further treatment and none of the people involved were taken to hospital.


The whole incident could have been avoided had those involved taken proper consideration of the dangers of rowing and the need for proper safety equipment. Not only were conditions on the River extremely windy and rough, but none of those involved were familiar with the River Tyne nor did they have suitable lifejackets, rescue flares, maritime radios and they relied solely on a mobile phone for raising the alarm. With proper care and planning, the risk of incidents such as this one occurring can be minimised and can make the job of responding to a situation much easier and straightforward for the rescue services involved. For a link to a press report of this incident please click HERE.

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