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

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2008 - Our Busiest Year Ever!

Initial Response Team Calls - 147                  Backup Response Team Calls - 13

147/08 - 31st December 16.44h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a dog walker who had spotted a suspicious orange light in the sky roughly 200 feet above St. Mary's Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and took a detailed description of the sighting from the gentleman before continuing to the Causeway leading to the Island where they carried out a detailed search for anything out of place. After failing to find anything suspicious and with no further sightings of the light, the Brigade contacted HM Coastguard who were happy for the team to return to station.

146/08 - 26th December 16.45h IRT

Later that afternoon, HM Coastguard again paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with an injured motocross rider from the Hexham area. The injured male had suffered a suspected broken fibula to his right leg and, once the helicopter had landed, was skilfully lifted by Brigade members from the helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

145/08 - 26th December 14.40h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after receiving a call from the skipper of a boat in the lower harbour of the River Tyne who had discovered that his vessel's propeller had become stuck in some unknown obstacle and no longer worked. The Brigade kept a look-out on the vessel until the Lifeboat arrived on scene and successfully cleared the vessel's propeller allowing the boat to continue on its journey.

144/08 - 20th December 08.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a women reported seeing a person either jumping or falling off Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. After a thorough search of the area, including assistance from Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat who searched the seaward side of the point, nothing was found and all units were stood down.

143/08 - 17th December 04.15h IRT

Later that morning, HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain who then arranged for a group of Brigade members to proceed back to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Rescue Helicopter was due to land at 05.00h now with a 5 week-old baby onboard who had been collected from a hospital in Barnsley. The site was manned and the incubator was successfully transferred to a Ambulance for transportation to the Newcastle General Hospital.

142/08 - 17th December 00.10h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land at 00.40h to pick up an incubator and medical team. The site was manned and the equipment and persons were safely transferred onto the helicopter.

141/08 - 15th December 16.34h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were searching for a 36 year-old vulnerable person who they were very concerned for. The Brigade Backup Response Team was called out and just after 10 Brigade members and Blyth CRT had started a search ranging from Cullercoats to St. Mary's information was received that the missing lady had walked into North Tyneside General Hospital and all units were stood down.

140/08 - 7th December 19.40h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist a potential self harming male at King Edwards Bay. Upon arrival the Brigade was then asked to assemble at the Blue Reef Aquarium Car Park for a brief by officers from Northumbria Police who issued a description of the man to the Brigade. A search was carried out from Tynemouth to Whitley Bay without success and the Brigade returned to the Car Park where they waited with Police Officers as his location was tracked using his mobile phone. At 22.30h the Brigade was stood down as a report was received that the man was now in Gateshead.

139/08 - 6th December 12.20h IRT

A short while later, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a dog stuck by the sea wall opposite the High Point Hotel with access difficult due to the high tide. Brigade members arrived on scene and decided to use their cliff rescue equipment to lower a team member down to the dog. At this point Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch by the Brigade to provide safety cover should anything untoward occur. Once the lifeboat was on scene the Brigade member made his way down to the dog, only for it to immediately run off along the rocks and into Whitley Bay. Despite a detailed search of the area, the dog could not be located and all units were stood down.

138/08 - 6th December 11.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to investigate a report of an injured seal at the North end of Tynemouth Longsands. Upon arrival a Brigade member discovered that the seal had been recovered by staff from the Blue Reef Aquarium for further assessment.

137/08 - 2nd December 11.55h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land in less than 10 minutes. Brigade members who work close to the Hospital were able to arrive just as the Helicopter landed and assisted in transferring the 51 year-old casualty who had suffered a heart attack to an awaiting ambulance.

136/08 - 29th November 17.20h IRT

During the previous incident Brigade members noticed a small craft which appeared to have suffered engine failure near the Fish Quay and was in need of assistance. The Brigade asked the Pilot Cutter to investigate who discovered that the craft was in fact a Red Seal Rescue boat that had suffered mechanical problems and was subsequently towed to safety.

135/08 - 29th November 17.03h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had received a report of a small black dinghy sailing up and down the River Tyne near the North Shields Fish Quay with an elderly gentleman on board who appeared to be soaking wet and may have needed assistance. Despite an intensive search involving the Brigade, Police Helicopter India 99, the Tyne Pilot Cutter 'Collingwood' and two Red Seal Rescue Craft, the dinghy was not found and, with no one reported as missing, all units were stood down.

134/08 - 24th November 00.33h IRT This was the 134th Callout in 2008 - a new record for callouts in a year!

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to the High Level Bridge where Police negotiators were attempting to convince a middle-aged man to return to the right side of the Bridge railings. After approximately 30 minutes, the man agreed to come back over to the safe side of the railings and, due to his heavily intoxicated state, was assisted in doing this by members of Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade.

133/08 - 23rd November 15.34h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a young girl who appeared to be stuck on the mud banks at the North end of Whitley Bay Beach. Blyth Coastguard, who were in the area on a local area patrol, also responded to the call. Brigade members were first on scene and located the young lady sat just below the top of the mud bank. The Brigade Chairman had a brief discussion with the lady who he persuaded to come back up the bank and was escorted into the care of local police officers.

132/08 - 20th November 19.42h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 at the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where it was bringing in an eight-week old baby from the Manchester area. The baby, who was in an incubator, was successfully transferred from the helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

131/08 - 19th November 21.15h IRT

While returning from a maintenance run in the Land Rover, the Brigade was informed by HM Coastguard that a 4x4 had become stuck in the sand just off the south ramp at Tynemouth Longsands and, as no lives were in danger, was given the option of whether to attend or not. Brigade members arrived on scene and successfully recovered the vehicle to the ramp.

130/08 - 15th November 15.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the concerned girlfriend of a kayaker. The gentleman had left in his kayak from South Shields Beach around 2 hours earlier but she could no longer see him. As a major search was about to begin, the gentleman was located fit and well at the south end of South Shields Beach.

129/08 - 5th November 14.00h IRT

A Brigade member was contacted by his sister who reported that a large mammal had been sighted acting strangely at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands. Upon inspection it was discovered to be an Atlantic white-beaked dolphin that had become stranded on rocks and was unable to swim back out to sea. After a detailed inspection, the dolphin was discovered to be severely ill and a vet arrived and put it to sleep. Brigade members then worked with representatives from North Tyneside Council, the Environment Agency, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, staff from the local Blue Reef Aquarium and a crew from the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade to safely remove the body of the dolphin for transportation to the Natural History Museum where it will undergo a post mortem.

128/08 - 1st November 23.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to gather a team to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land with an incubator containing a new born baby from the Manchester area. Brigade members were on scene at the Landing Site for 00.15h but due to a number of delays, it was not until 05.45h that the Helicopter eventually landed. The incubator was carefully removed from the Helicopter and transferred to an awaiting ambulance which took the baby into the Hospital for further treatment.

(This is one of the longest waits Brigade members have had for a helicopter to land while at a landing site and took its toll on one Brigade member who fell asleep for a brief while at 3am!)

127/08 - 31st October 15.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a man in Whitley Bay who had become concerned for the safety of his son who had taken their dog for a walk but only the dog had returned home. As Brigade members prepared to commence a major search of the area, the son was found asleep on top of a local cliff and returned home. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were also called to this incident but were stood down before launching.

126/08 - 29th October 12.30h IRT

While on their way back from the previous call, a Brigade Captain was contacted by an officer of North Tyneside Council who asked if they could be of assistance to a council sub-contractor who had a got a 4 and a half tonne fork lift truck struck in the sand at Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and used their Land Rover along with a second Land Rover belonging to a Brigade member to pull the fork lift away from the incoming tide before a larger machine arrived and pulled it off the sand.

125/08 - 29th October 11.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the Redheugh Bridge on the River Tyne where a motorist had reported a person who looked like they were about to jump off the Bridge. Upon arrival, Brigade members liaised with officers from Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade who confirmed that they had carried out a thorough search of the area and had found no one matching the description of the missing person. Furthermore, Police Helicopter India 55 and the local fire boat had searched the River with nothing found. When attempts made to contact the first informant failed, it was decided that the call may be a hoax and all units were stood down.

124/08 - 16th October 15.20h IRT

While on a local area patrol in North Shields, Brigade members noticed an elderly lady collapsed on Saville Street. An ambulance was immediately requested and Brigade members cared for the lady who had suffered a serious cut to her nose leading to the loss of a large amount of blood. The ambulance was quickly on scene and took the 78 year old woman to hospital for further treatment.

123/08 - 10th October 20.07h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after they received a 999 call from a man who said he was stood on King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth, and that his friend was being blown offshore in an inflatable dinghy. A thorough search of the area was carried out with the Lifeboat launching two white parachute flares to fully illuminate the bay. Nothing was found and the Coastguard, when ringing the 999 caller back to gain more information, received a torrent of abuse from the man who refused to cooperate or answer any questions. With this in mind and no sign of any person in danger the call was put down as a false alarm with malicious intent.

122/08 - 9th October 16.43h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after they received a 999 call from a gentleman stood by the Park Hotel, Tynemouth, who could see 2 swimmers off the Old Swimming Pool who he thought may be in need of assistance. A Brigade member was on scene with the first informant within 3 minutes of being paged and decided to request the launch of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to check on the health of the two swimmers. The Lifeboat launched and quickly confirmed that they were both ok and were carrying out a swim as part of training for a triathlon.

121/08 - 6th October 16.30h IRT

As Brigade members returned to Tynemouth Longsands to collect gear used on the previous incident, Brigade members became aware of a man who had appeared to have collapsed at the North end of the Beach. Northumbria Police and a North East Ambulance Service Ambulance were in attendance with the man, who was Polish and heavily intoxicated, eventually taken home by the Police. Brigade members then returned to searching for birds caught up in the oil slick.

120/08 - 6th October 15.00h IRT

While Brigade members searched for oiled birds around St. Mary's Island, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with an urgent request to attend the North end of Tynemouth Longsands were a man had been found suffering from a suspected heart attack. The man was transported off the beach in the Brigade land rover before being transferred to an ambulance and taken to North Tyneside General Hospital where he arrived in a critical condition.

119/08 - 6th October 09.30h IRT

Following the reports of birds covered in oil that were received on the previous day, two Brigade Captains and two Brigade members spent nine hours carrying out a patrol of the North Tyneside Coastline looking for any further birds that had been affected by the oil slick. In total eight live birds and two deceased birds were recovered and handed over to RSCPA for further assessment and treatment. While the birds were all unable to fly due to the oil affecting their wings, a number of the birds still proved quite difficult to capture and some skilful use of a blanket was required to keep the birds calm and they were taken to safety. The cause of the slick is still under investigation however birds covered in oil have now been reported as far North as the Scottish Border and as far South as Teesmouth. Photos of this rescue can found by clicking HERE.

Following this incident the Brigade was featured in an article on ITV Local News. The Brigade also featured in the Evening Chronicle on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th October and they also posted a video clip on their web site. The Northumberland Gazette also produced an article on the incident and finally, an article was also printed in The Sun.

118/08 - 5th October 18.01h IRT

Later that afternoon the Brigade was paged along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after numerous 999 calls were taken reporting a surfer in difficulty by the old swimming pool, Tynemouth. Brigade members arrived on scene within 3 minutes of the page and were able to confirm that the surfer involved had managed to be return to shore where he required no medical assistance. It later transpired that the surfer had got his foot stuck in a rock while chest deep in the sea and had been assisted to safety by three fellow surfers.

117/08 - 5th October 14.45h IRT

During the previous patrol the Brigade was asked by HM Coastguard to proceed to Cullercoats Bay where Northumbria Police had received a report that a number of personal water craft were being driven recklessly and endangering life. Brigade members attended the Bay and spoke to a number of people and reminded them about the rules of the Harbour.

116/08 - 5th October 12.30h IRT

The Brigade Chairman while on holiday in Spain received a report that a bird covered in oil had been found at Cullercoats Bay and contacted a more local Brigade member who took charge of rescuing the animal. In total three Brigade members proceeded to the Bay where they eventually found two birds, both of which had been covered in crude oil and were unable to fly. After an investigation using local contacts it was established that as many as 40 birds had been located around the high-tide mark between the River Wear and Druridge Bay, all covered in oil. The Brigade contacted HM Coastguard, who up until this point had been unaware of the incident, who are now investigating the source of the oil spill and considering any necessary counter pollution measures. After rescuing the first two birds the Brigade then carried out a coastal patrol in which they located one further bird which was recovered and transported to a local lady for further treatment.

115/08 - 28th September 13.22h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a personal water craft had broken down half a mile off Pen Bal Crag, Tynemouth. Brigade members kept a visual on the craft until the Lifeboat arrived on scene and towed it back to Cullercoats Bay.

114/08 - 25th September 18.30h IRT

The Brigade was advised by HM Coastguard that a member of the public had reported that there was an injured young gannet by the old swimming pool at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and while one stood in front of the bird to get its attention the other member skilfully picked it up from behind and transferred it to a local woman who then took over the care of the bird.

113/08 - 24th September 12.30h IRT

When contacting HM Coastguard at the start of a coastal patrol, the Brigade was informed that a car was stuck in the sand near Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. As no lives were in danger HM Coastguard left the situation at the discretion of the Brigade as to whether they wanted to attend the scene. Once on scene the driver of the car made a donation to the Brigade before his red ford fiesta was towed to safety.

112/08 - 21st September 23.46h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade requested assistance at the Tyne Bridge where a male was sat on the barrier at the very north end of the Bridge. After approximately half an hour of negotiations the gentleman was convinced to climb down from the Bridge and was taken into Police custody.

111/08 - 13th September 12.26h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 131 after receiving a 999 call reporting a white sailing dinghy in trouble off King Edward's Bay. Despite an intensive search by all rescue units, nothing was found and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

110/08 - 8th September 03.04h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance in searching for a middle-aged man who had gone missing and was known to frequent the coastal area with a particular interest in Tynemouth Priory. The Backup Response Team was called out and team members assembled at the Watch House to be briefed by Police Officers. Just after this briefing had finished it was confirmed that the man had been located in Wallsend and all units were stood down.

109/08 - 7th September 15.48h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with the Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 after receiving a report of a person in the rip off King Edward's Bay and in desperate need of assistance. Two surfers who were about to enter the sea were altered to the child's plight and went to his aid. They were able to recover the casualty but were in danger of being pushed onto the rocks at the North of the Bay so two Brigade members entered the water and brought the casualty ashore. The casualty was cared for by Brigade members until 131 was able to land on the beach and transfer the casualty, who was suffering from hypothermia, to Wansbeck Hospital for further observation.

108/08 - 6th September 19.00h IRT + BRT

While returning to station following the previous incident, the Brigade asked HM Coastguard if any help was required to assist with the Major Search and Rescue operations taking place near Warkworth where severe flooding was placing resident's lives in danger. Three Brigade Captains and Five Brigade members spent the following four hours assisting Amble Coastguard Rescue Team with protecting the residents of Warkworth which included building numerous barriers out of sand bags and offering a number of fireman's lifts. Members of the Backup Response Team assisted in Warkworth while the remaining Brigade members were placed on standby incase further assistance was required, which it was not.

107/08 - 6th September 17.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a yacht sailing down the River Tyne towards the Royal Quays Marina spotted what it thought to be a body floating in the River. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and recovered the body which was then transported back to Tynemouth Lifeboat station and passed into the care of the Police. Two Brigade members were asked to speak to the young crew of the sail training yacht and thank them for their alertness.

106/08 - 6th September 14.00h IRT

During the previous incident, the Brigade was paged after Northumbria Police received a report that a body had been seen floating down the River Tyne near the Millennium Bridge. In total two Brigade Captains and five Brigade members along with the Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and one Red Seal Rescue Craft carried out a detailed search of the River with only a dead sheep spotted. With no further information all units returned to station.

105/08 - 6th September 13.00h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to proceed to Derwenthaugh Marina, River Tyne, where two reports had been received via Northumbria Police of a number of vessels and a large amount of debris floating down the river, which was becoming increasingly swollen by the influx of rain water. Two Brigade members attended the scene and confirmed that all vessels at the marina were safely secure and then carried out a search of the river for any missing vessels with nothing found.

104/08 - 6th September 08.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet the 30ft sailing vessel 'Gigi' which was being escorted into the River Tyne by the Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat. The 'Gigi' had been on passage from Inverness to Mersea Island (just off the east coast of Essex) when they decided they could continue south no longer as weather conditions continued to deteriorate. The Lifeboat was despatched to their aid and escorted them to a berth at the Royal Quays Marina. The three-man crew were well equipped for their journey with all the necessary safety equipment and had made the prudent decision to take refuge in the Tyne.

103/08 - 2nd September 17.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of three youths jumping from a point known as 'Dead Man's Leap' on the North side of Marconi Point, Cullercoats. Four Brigade members arrived on scene and tried to convince the lads of the risks of jumping from 'Dead Man's Leap', as the danger is in the name.

102/08 - 29th August 05.50h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from a fishing boat that was leaving the River Tyne that a small unmanned rowing boat had been spotted floating close to the end of the North Pier. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and recovered the one-man sculling craft and, along with Brigade members, carried out a search around the pier to ensure no one was in any difficulty. With nobody located, the craft was returned to Tynemouth Rowing Club and a Brigade member who is Vice-President of the club was able to use his contacts to confirm that the boat had most probably been stolen from the club and pushed out into the river. With the craft recovered, and no persons missing, the Brigade returned to station.

101/08 - 28th August 22.35h IRT This was the 23rd Callout in August 2008 - a new record for callouts in a month!

Later that night, a retired Brigade Member noticed what he thought were Red Flares off the Whitley Bay Coastline. He contacted the Coastguard, who in turn informed a Brigade Captain who then arranged for a number of team members to attend to confirm whether they were distress flares or not. As three Brigade members proceeded to the scene, it was confirmed that the flares were in fact fireworks and all units were stood down.

100/08 - 28th August 19.30h IRT The 28th August is the earliest the Brigade has passed the 100 callouts in a year mark in it's history!

As Brigade members made their way back to the Watch House following the previous callout, they were asked to proceed to Whitley Bay where it was reported that a woman was in the sea opposite the Rendezvous Café and required immediate assistance. As Brigade members arrived on scene, the lady was helped from the sea by officers from Northumbria Police and, after being checked over by a paramedic, was taken into the care of the Police. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was also in attendance at this incident.

099/08 - 28th August 18.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was in bound with a gentleman taken ill in the Hexham area. The helicopter landed safely and the man was transferred to an awaiting ambulance.

098/08 - 27th August 19.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting that a number of youths were in difficulty off the old sewage pipe, Whitley Bay. Seven Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that the group of youths were in fact three divers who had all the required kit and were in no immediate danger.

097/08 - 26th August 09.12h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard following the discovery of a handbag by the Police at St. Mary's Island. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and North Tyneside Council Lifeguards were also brought into the search. After a short while all units were stood down by the Coastguard. The woman was later spotted by Whitley Bay Lifeguards and cared for until the Police arrived on dealt with the matter.

096/08 - 26th August 02.00h IRT

Early the next morning, the Brigade was again called out to meet the Rescue Helicopter as it flew into the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site with a baby in the incubator. The incubator was carefully transferred into an awaiting ambulance and taken into the Hospital for further treatment.

095/08 - 25th August 20.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was in bound to pick up an incubator. The helicopter landed and the incubator was safely loaded into the helicopter which then took off on route to a hospital in Manchester.

094/08 - 23rd August 22.57h IRT

Later that night, the Brigade was paged to attend reports of red flares off Whitley Bay. Three Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly established that the 'flares' were in fact fireworks being set off from the Boardwalk Café on the beach. A Brigade member was sent inside the café to find the 'event manager' so suitable advice could be given about setting fireworks off at the sea and he returned with the café owner and a rather confused, somewhat worse for wear and extremely apologetic father of the Bride! He was quickly sent back inside to rejoin the festivities while the owner of the café was given the number of the Coastguard so she could inform them of any future firework events.

093/08 - 23rd August 16.55h IRT

Shortly after returning from the landing site, Brigade members were paged with a request to assist the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service who were attending to reports of a dog fallen from Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that 'Daisy', a white spaniel, had fallen off the wall outside the Priory and landed 20 foot below in an area known as 'Jingling Geordie's Hole'. After a brief debate between Brigade members and the Fire Brigade it was agreed that the dog would be rescued by their Rope Rescue Team. Eventually, a fireman was lowered to the dog and secured it onto a Brigade stretcher before it was brought back up to safety. The dog was then transported to a local vet's by the Brigade Land Rover. (Photo's of this incident will be added shortly once released by the Fire Brigade.)

092/08 - 23rd August 15.28h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to gather a team to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was in bound with a man from the Alnwick area that had suffered a heart attack. The site was manned by two Brigade members and the man was quickly transferred to an awaiting hospital.

091/08 - 20th August 14.11h IRT

The Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were paged after a yacht become entangled in the nets of a near by fishing boat. Once on scene the Lifeboat crew were able to free the yacht from the nets and all vessels were able to continue on their way.

090/08 - 20th August 00.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a car had gone over the cliffs at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands, landing 40 foot below in the old outdoor swimming pool. Brigade members arrived on scene and, along with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue units and crew members from the North East Ambulance Service, quickly found that all four occupants of the car had miraculously survived without major injury. The car, a 'Nissan Note', had gone through the cliff barrier, 'flown' some 15 foot across to another cliff bank, and then slid down the cliff side, overturning at least once, before coming to rest in the old swimming pool. Brigade members remained on scene for 3 hours as a recovery truck arrived and skilfully removed the car from the beach. Photos of this rescue can found by clicking HERE.

089/08 - 19th August 21.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a woman sat in the Brierdene Car Park, Whitley Bay, reported seeing a red flare out to sea. After detailed discussions with the first informant, the decision was made to fire off a white parachute flare to illuminate the area and see if any further red flares were sighted. After a thorough search of the area, and with no further flares sighted, the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent and the Brigade returned to station.

088/08 - 17th August 13.13h IRT

Later that day, while attending a Sand Castle Building Competition in aid of the Brigade at Whitley Bay Beach, HM Coastguard requested team members to proceed to Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, where they had received a report through Northumbria Police that a small boat may be in difficulty. Once on scene it was established that the vessel was in difficulty after suffering a fouled propeller, but had been towed to safety by Red Seal Rescue, a local organisation that provides rescue boats for Tynemouth Sailing Club.

087/08 - 17th August 06.54h IRT

The Brigade was paged after a man was reported to be in the River Tyne near St. Peter's Basin. As three Brigade members made their way towards the scene it was confirmed that the man had been rescued by a passing boat.

086/08 - 16th August 18.54h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a yellow object floating south roughly one mile off Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene and, after carrying out a thorough visual inspection of the area, decided that the object the man had seen was in fact the yellow ordnance buoy. The man was thanked for his vigilance and Brigade members stood down.

085/08 - 14th August 21.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was in bound with an injured soldier from the Otterburn Ranges. The man was transferred to an awaiting ambulance and taken to Newcastle General Hospital for further treatment.

084/08 - 12th August 23.53h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade at the request of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service who were attending an incident on the Scotswood Bridge, River Tyne, where a gentleman was standing on the wrong side of the railings. Six Brigade members attended and stood by with numerous Firemen, Northumbria Police Officers and North East Ambulance Personnel as negotiators spoke to the man. At roughly 01.45h, the man was convinced to climb back onto the right side of the railings and was taken into Police custody for his own safety.

083/08 - 11th August 07.44h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where an RAF Rescue Helicopter was in bound with a man who had sustained head injuries in a road traffic accident. The gentleman was transferred to an ambulance for further assessment and treatment.

082/08 - 9th August 18.10h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the Brigade Chairman requested assistance in caring for a 15 year-old surfer who had suffered a serious knee injury on Tynemouth Longsands Beach. The casualty was cared for by North Tyneside Council Beach Lifeguard’s who stabilised his leg and used their vehicle to transfer him to the South Ramp at the Beach. Here he was met by an ambulance and then taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and surgery.

081/08 - 8th August 11.15h IRT

HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade provide a team to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was in bound with an injured sailor. The gentleman, who was Spanish and spoke no English, had reported failing chest pains while on board an oil tanker some 130 miles out to sea. The Helicopter landed safely and the gentleman was transferred to the RVI for further assessment.

080/08 - 4th August 21.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of teenagers being washed out to see at South Blyth Beach. The group of five, who had been wave dodging, all managed to make it back to the shore where they were met by Brigade members and given blankets to keep them warm. An ambulance arrived on scene and confirmed that none of the casualties required further medical assistance and they were allowed to leave the scene.

079/08 - 4th August 08.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade captain with a request to meet Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat at Morston Quay on the River Tyne where they were towing the trawler 'Rosanne'. The vessel, which had suffered engine failure 6 miles east of the Tyne Piers, was successfully returned to its mooring point.

078/08 - 31st July 12.38h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a phone call from a concerned parent who had lost sight of her 6 year-old daughter on Tynemouth Longsands beach. Brigade members immediately contacted the North Tyneside Council Beach Lifeguards who work at Longsands and within five minutes they were able to reunite the missing girl with her relieved mother.

077/08 - 30th July 22.11h IRT + BRT

Later that evening, the Brigade was again paged, this time with a request to arrange a search team to cover the North Tyneside Coastline. The Backup Response Team was called out and team members prepared to look for a missing woman. However, 20 minutes into the incident, it was confirmed by Northumbria Police that the missing woman had been located and all units were stood down.

076/08 - 30th July 20.11h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was in bound with a 29 year-old injured female from a road traffic accident near Alnwick. The site was manned and the casualty was successfully transferred to an awaiting ambulance who took her for further treatment at Newcastle General Hospital.

075/08 - 29th July 21.02h IRT

Following a 'Mayday' call, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the Brigade were tasked to assist a speedboat that had broken down 1 mile off Cullercoats Bay. As the Lifeboat launched, the vessel was able to restart its engine and was then escorted into the safety of Cullercoats Bay.

074/08 - 27th July 19.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to the man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with two male casualties. The Brigade was assisted at the landing site by 4 appliances from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and two ambulances that transported the pair to Newcastle General Hospital.

The two men had set out at roughly 3pm from South Shields in their 16ft speedboat with the intention of sailing down to Sunderland to watch the Air Show. However, localised fog meant that visibility was reduced to less than 50 metres and the gentlemen had ended up heading North of the River Tyne. Following this, their boat suffered a catastrophic structural failure and immediately sank.When they failed to return to South Shields, a close friend contacted the Coastguard who instigated a major search and rescue operation involving Tynemouth and Sunderland RNLI, South Shields and Sunderland VLB and Sunderland Coastguard. However, working on the understanding that the men had sailed for Sunderland and with the fog failing to lift, it was only by sheer luck, that at roughly 19.45 the men were located 1 mile off Sharpness Point, Tynemouth, by a passing fishing vessel. The men, who estimated they had been in the sea for well over 2 hours, were taken aboard the fishing vessel, then transfered to Tynemouth All-Weather Lifeboat and finally airlifted onboard Rescue 131 and taken to the Landing Site. Considering localised weather conditions, and the fact that both men were suffering from hypothermia, their prospects of survival had the fishing boat not spotted them would have been extremely slim.

073/08 - 26th July 15.47h IRT

HM Coastguard requested that a Brigade member meet a vessel at Royal Quay Marina that had broken down and was awaiting recovery by an RNLI Lifeboat. However, the boat was able to restart it's engine and continue on it's passage to Sunderland.

072/08 - 24th July 16.32h IRT

Later that afternoon the Brigade was paged to attend the North end of the same beach where it was reported that a person was in difficulty in the sea. Once again Lifeguards and Brigade members attended, but it was found to be a youth only pretending to be in difficulties.

071/08 - 24th July 14.28h IRT

The Brigade was called out after a report of two missing children was forwarded to the Coastguard from Tynemouth Longsands Lifeguards. The pair were quickly located by the Lifeguards and reunited with their parents.

070/08 - 22nd July 23.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after it was reported that a woman was attempting suicide at Whitley Bay Beach. As Brigade members arrived on scene, a figure was spotted by the Northumbria Police Helicopter crouching on the water line. Brigade members and Police officers approached the casualty, who turned out to be the woman in question, and she was taken in to care.

069/08 - 20th July 18.50h IRT

The Brigade was called to reports of children 'wave dodging' at the North Pier Cullercoats. Three Brigade members and officers from Northumbria Police attended the scene and suitably warned the children of the potential dangers.

068/08 - 13th July 15.35h IRT

HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade meet a broken down boat at Cullercoats Bay that the local RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was in the process of towing. The boat had suffered engine failure and the two crew were met by Brigade members and issued with appropriate and comprehensive safety advice.

067/08 - 13th July 12.30h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard requested the Brigade's assistance after a lady found clothing at Brown's Bay similar to what she had seen a lady wearing on the previous evening when she had been acting in an unusual manner. A full search was put in place including the Brigade's Backup Response Team and North Tyneside Beach Lifeguards. After an extensive search and with nothing found, the decision was made to return later that evening at low tide to carry out another search. This search was also completed with nothing found.

066/08 - 9th July 16.00h IRT

A Brigade member was approached by a member of the public who asked for assistance with an elderly lady who had taken ill while at Cullercoats Bay. The Brigade member informed HM Coastguard and, with the assistance of the local council beach lifeguards, cared for the lady until an ambulance arrived and provided further care.

065/08 - 7th July 15.08h IRT

Shortly after concluding the earlier incident, Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the Brigade were asked to proceed to the Gut at North Shields Fish Quay where a dog had fallen into the water and there was grave concern that the owner may risk his life in an attempt to save her. Fortunately the Lifeboat was quickly on scene and recovered the dog from the River and returned it to its very grateful owner.

064/08 - 7th July 13.28h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboats after Northumbria Police informed them of a vulnerable missing person who may have been somewhere along the North Tyneside Coastline. The Brigade Backup Response Team was called out and, helpfully assisted by North Tyneside Beach Lifeguards, carried out a shore based search for the missing gentleman. Meanwhile, the Lifeboats along with a Council Personal Water Craft searched the sea going as far north as St. Mary's Island. After 1 and a half hours of searching the gentleman was found by Northumbria Police Officers at a house in Cullercoats.

063/08 - 5th July 20.22h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police received a report of a vessel possibly needing assistance ½ a mile off the mouth of the River Tyne. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched and spoke to the vessel who was happily fishing and with this information all rescue units were stood down.

062/08 - 5th July 06.57h IRT

The Brigade was paged to assist and monitor Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat as they towed back the fishing vessel '5 Lady Mo' which had suffered a broken rudder just off Blyth Harbour. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and quickly returned the vessel to its moorings just inside Blyth Harbour.

061/08 - 3rd July 21.51h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a boat broke down one mile off Whitley Bay Beach. The Brigade were requested to establish visual contact with the vessel, which had suffered a seized engine, and guide the Lifeboat to her. The boat was then towed to Royal Quays Marina.

060/08 - 3rd July 05.13h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was in bound with a 2 month old baby girl. Brigade members arrived on scene and assisted with the transfer of the child and her incubator from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

059/08 - 1st July 21.00h IRT + BRT

Later that evening the Brigade along with Blyth Auxiliary Coastguard were asked to search the North Tyneside Coastal strip for a missing 22 year old woman. The Brigade Backup Response Team was called out and 15 Brigade members searched the area for an hour and a half before being stood down, as Northumbria Police had found the person further inland.

058/08 - 1st July 19.36h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after they received a 999 call reporting that two divers were in difficulty 200 yards off Browns Bay. When Brigade members arrived on scene they found an exhausted diver who was being helped to the rocks by a fellow diver who had swam out to assist him to shore. Brigade members helped assist both men out of the water and to safety.

057/08 - 29th June 17.41h IRT

Later that day, shortly after completing a Coastal Patrol, the Brigade was paged after a mayday signal was received by the coastguard from the Cullercoats Aerial Mast. After an intensive visual search of the sea using Sharpness Point as a look out position, nothing untoward was found and the Brigade returned to station.

056/08 - 29th June 09.54h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a North Tyneside Council Lifeguard informed them that Northumbria Police had requested their help in a search for a missing person. A council personal water craft along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were launched for a seaward search while the Brigade Backup Response Team was called out to carry out a search of the surrounding coastline. Shortly after the search began, the casualty was located in the arches underneath Whitley Bay sea front.

055/08 - 28th June 19.45h IRT

The Brigade was paged when it was reported that there was a broken down boat a mile off Cullercoats Harbour. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched and towed the vessel back to safety. Once on land, the crew of the boat were issued with suitable safety advice by Brigade members in the hope of avoiding a similar situation occurring in the future.

054/08 - 24th June 18.55h IRT

Northumbria Police requested the assistance of Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the Brigade via HM Coastguard after receiving a report of a 14 year old girl who was in the water at North Shields Fish Quay. The casualty was quickly recovered from the River by Lifeboat crew and returned to their boathouse where she was wrapped in blankets and cared for until paramedics arrived. At this point she became concerned that her friend may also be in the River and this led to the Brigade and the Lifeboat crew returning to the Fish Quay. After discussions with Northumbria Police Officers it was confirmed that all persons were safe and all units were stood down.

053/08 - 22nd June 19.15h IRT

The Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were called to Cullercoats Harbour after it was reported that two youths were in trouble in the water. Upon arrival it was found that the group of youths had left the area and were moving north to Browns Bay. As no one was in need of assistance, the Lifeboat and Brigade were stood down.

052/08 - 20th June 01.10h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to gain information on a boat being towed into the River Tyne by Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat. The boat was brought into Royal Quays Marina.

051/08 - 18th June 17.10h IRT

The Brigade was called to assist an elderly man who fallen on the rocks at Seaton Sluice. Brigade members, assisted by Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade and the North East Ambulance Service helped transport the man, who had a suspected fractured ankle, to an awaiting ambulance.

050/08 - 15th June 19.15h IRT

Shortly after the incident at Tynemouth Haven, the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI were tasked to Tynemouth Longsands where a number of people had been cut off by the tide. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and successfully recovered the people to the main land.

049/08 - 15th June 18.47h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Cullercoats and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboats after receiving a report of a male fully clothed walking into the sea at Tynemouth Haven. Tynemouth RNLI crew member Paul Middleton, who happened to be at the Haven at the time, entered the water in an attempt to prevent what appeared to be a suicide attempt. Brigade member Harvey Smith, responding to the page, also entered the water and attached a floatation device to the man to help keep him afloat. On shore, other Brigade members co-ordinated the two lifeboats with Tynemouth ILB collecting the casualty and Cullercoats ILB recovering Paul and Harvey. The casualty was then taken to North Tyneside General Hospital to receive further assistance.

048/08 - 13th June 20.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after it was reported that a suicidal woman was on the rocks at St. Mary's Island. Both emergency services approached the area cautiously and on arrival found that the person had moved back to the Island causeway and the situation was left in the hands of Northumbria Police.

047/08 - 12th June 21.36h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving several reports of a red flare over the mouth of the River Tyne. After a search of the area it was decided that no one was in danger and the Brigade were stood down.

046/08 - 10th June 14.04h IRT

Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the Brigade were called out after a 999 call was received by the Coastguard reporting a yacht being blown over off the North Tyne Pier. A thorough search of the area was carried out by the Lifeboat and the Brigade with assistance from a North Tyneside Council Lifeguard Personal Water Craft. With nothing found and no further reports of any yachts in distress the call was classed with a false alarm with good intent.

045/08 - 8th June 20.11h IRT

Shortly after completing a coastal patrol, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend King Edward's Bay where the Police had noticed two persons waving from the rocks below Tynemouth Priory. As Brigade members approached the pair they started to make their way back along the lower edge of the cliff. In no immediate danger, they were escorted off the rocks and to the safety of the beach by the Brigade.

044/08 - 7th June 21.00h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a call from a young man who reported that two of his friends had disappeared while swimming toward the boats anchored near Cullercoats Harbour. The Brigade Backup Response Team was called out to assist the search along with the Rescue Helicopter from RAF Boulmer and the Northumbria Police Helicopter. After a thorough search, no persons were found to be in difficulty and the first informant could not be located. Eventually one of the persons who was reported as missing was located and was arrested by the Police for further questioning. After two hours the search was called off.

043/08 - 3rd June 11.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of persons possibly trapped by the tide on Table Rock, Browns Bay. Upon arrival Brigade members found that the persons were in fact fisherman wading back across the rocks and in no immediate danger.

042/08 - 29th May 14.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat in response to a call reporting a twelve year old boy who was in difficulties in the sea at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands. Upon arrival the child was found to have been rescued from the sea by a member of the public and he was cared for until an ambulance arrived. North Tyneside Council Lifeguards along with Northumbria Police Officers were also in attendance.

042/08 - 25th May 17.00h IRT

While on a local area patrol, the Brigade was requested by HM Coastguard to proceed to Jarrow, South Shields, where a person had fallen in the river and required immediate assistance. As the Brigade were on patrol they were sent to this incident as the closest available unit. As the Brigade Land Rover reached the Tyne Tunnel, they were stood down by the Coastguard as Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team had already reached the scene. The person in the water was eventually rescued and transported to a local hospital. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat also responded to this incident.

040/08 - 15th May 20.43h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a suicidal woman near the Rex Hotel, Whitley Bay. The lady was found to be in a very distressed state and standing on the wrong side of the railings 30ft above the rocks. After 2 hours of difficult negotiations, the Police were able to convince the lady to return to safety and the Brigade stood down.

039/08 - 15th May 12.20h IRT

The Brigade was asked to attend an incident on the River Tyne near Blaydon where it was reported that a woman was in the River. Police Helicopter India 999 was on scene and co-ordinated the rescue from the air with the lady being recovered from the water prior to the Brigade's arrival.

038/08 - 11th May 15.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the fishing vessel 'Helen Anne' contacted the Coastguard reporting that he was lost in the fog. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched, located the vessel near the Ordnance Buoy off Whitley Bay Beach, and escorted it back to Blyth Harbour. Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat were also tasked to this incident but were stood down once Cullercoats RNLI located the vessel.

037/08 - 10th May 18.36h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after being informed that a young child was being intimidated into standing in the sea at Cullercoats Bay. The report suggested that the child had been in the sea for approximately 30 minutes, was starting to struggle and was up to half a mile offshore. Once on scene Brigade members found that the child had managed to return to shore and, due to him consuming sea water, an ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital for a full medical examination. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

036/08 - 10th May 16.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of four girls cut off by the tide on the Bear's Back Rocks, to the South of Cullercoats Bay. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched and safely recovered the young ladies to the main land. Here they were met by Brigade members and issued with suitable safety advice.

035/08 - 9th May 20.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting that two young girls were experiencing serious difficulties in the sea near King Edward's Bay. Upon arrival, Brigade members established that the incident had started when one of the girl's had slipped off the North promenade and into the sea. Two of her friends had then tried to rescue her, but all three girls had ended up requiring immediate assistance. A young man, who happened to be passing the scene, tried to assist the girls and thankfully, via the intervention of other members of the public and the use of life belts, all those involved were able to make it to safety. Brigade members then attended to the casualties, who were in various stages of shock and the decision was made to send four casualties to hospital in two ambulances. Northumbria Police were also called to the scene as a number of youths were on the beach and appeared to be under age and consuming alcohol.

034/08 - 8th May 18.32h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported seeing two swimmers in difficulty in King Edward's Bay. Upon arrival Brigade members observed a number of swimmers who were enjoying the warm sun and cold sea but could not see anyone who appeared to be in difficulty. After a further search, two swimmers wearing wet suits were spotted close to the sea wall at the Northern end of the Bay and were in a small swell. Although not in any major danger, it appeared that one was beginning to struggle and for this reason both were asked to come out of the water and were asked to swim in a safer place in the future.

033/08 - 5th May 20.22h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a 63 year-old woman attempting suicide at St. Mary's Island. Brigade members were first on scene and located a very distressed woman in the sea to the north of the Island. One Brigade member cared for the casualty as Northumbria Police units and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene. The distressed women was talked out of the sea by Police officers and escorted to a waiting ambulance.

032/08 - 1st May 18.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat after Falmouth Coastguard received a signal from an Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon (EPIRB) from somewhere in the vicinity of Blyth. A land and sea search was mounted in an attempt to find the signal and satellite's along with technology onboard the Lifeboat was used to try and pinpoint the location of the signal. A report of old EPIRB's being thrown into a skip in Blyth harbour was investigated by Blyth CRT and they found various beacons and old flares underneath a pile of fish heads. The EPIRB's were disconnected and once a satellite pass confirmed that no distress signals remained activated, all units were stood down.

031/08 - 29th April 20.35h IRT

The Brigade was asked to investigate a report of a capsized boat off the beach at Whitley Bay. After a search and the help of the Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat it was found that it was a false alarm with good intent.

030/08 - 29th April 13.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a dog with a broken leg on the rocks north of St. Mary's Island. Open arrival Brigade members found that the dog had fallen thirty feet injuring both of its back legs. As the dog weighed in excess of 8 stone and appeared to have spinal injuries, the Brigade basket stretcher was used to retrieve the animal and carry it some 300m across the rocks back to the Island causeway. The Brigade land rover was then stripped of equipment and the dog was placed in the back of the land rover and transported to the dog owner's vet in Gosforth.

029/08 - 28th April 11.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a person had fallen in the River near Hebburn. As Brigade members made their way toward the scene, information was received confirming that a work boat had retrieved the casualty and he was in the care of the North East Ambulance Service.

028/08 - 26th April 17.25h IRT

While travelling home from work, two Brigade members stopped to assist officers from Northumbria Police who were dealing with an incident in the blocked off arches at the north end of Whitley Bay lower promenade, directly underneath Whiskey Bends. Several youths had gained access to the area and were acting in a disorderly manner. The police requested that the TVLB help assist them in gaining access to this remote area. The Brigade land rover was collected, HM Coastguard were informed, and the two Brigade members removed the locks using the equipment carried in the vehicle. The youths, who had begun fighting with each other, were escorted to safety by the Police and the Brigade returned to station.

027/08 - 19th April 07.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a man threatening to throw himself into the sea at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. Upon arrival, the first Brigade member on scene approached the person, who was stood on the rock ends, who then returned to the beach with the assistance of the Brigade. The North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police arrived on scene and the gentleman was taken into custody for his own safety.

026/08 - 16th April 15.30h IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to investigate a report of a unmanned personal water craft adrift in the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the craft had in fact broken down and the crew were attempting to recover it to the shore. The River Tyne pilot boat was also in attendance at this incident.

025/08 - 12th April 15.00h IRT

While on a local area patrol, Brigade members assisted the driver of a Ford Fiesta which had been driven straight off the ramp at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands and into the sand where it had become stuck. The vehicle was removed courtesy of a tow from the Brigade land rover.

024/08 - 10th April 19.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a man stranded on rocks at the north end of Browns Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and found a fisherman, who was cut off by the tide on a rocky projection, but was in no immediate danger as the tide had already reached its highest point. The gentleman was requested to stay on the rocks and was monitored by two Brigade members for approximately an hour until he was able to safely return to the mainland.

023/08 - 7th April 14.30h IRT

After receiving a report from a member of the public who had seen clothing on the shoreline at Tynemouth Longsands, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the scene and try and establish who the clothing belonged to and whether they were in any danger or required any assistance. Brigade member, who were on a local area safety patrol at the time of being paged, arrived on scene and after speaking with the first informant, requested Tynemouth RNLI, who were already at sea on an P.R. exercise, to assist in searching the area for any persons in difficulty.
After a short period of time Brigade members were informed by 3 separate members of the public that the clothes belonged to a group of youths who had been swimming in the sea and had had their clothes washed away by the tide. They had then come out of the sea and left the beach partially clothed and headed in the direction of Cullercoats. This information was relayed back to HM Coastguard who stood down Tynemouth RNLI and cancelled the launch request that they had given to Cullercaots RNLI. Brigade members then continued on their local area patrol.

022/08 - 6th April 14.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was in bound with an injured female. The lady had been involved in a road traffic accident and was assisted by the Brigade members who helped transfer her from the helicopter to an awaiting Ambulance.

021/08 - 28th March 01.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a man was threatening to jump off the top of the Tyne Bridge and requested the Brigade to provide a communication link at the scene. After approximately an hour of negotiations, the gentleman was escorted off the Bridge via officers from Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade who used their telescopic ladders to lead him to safety.

020/08 - 22nd March 15.00h IRT + BRT

The Brigade was requested by Northumbria Police to assist in the search for a missing teenager by concentrating on the area from the mouth of the River Tyne up river to St. Peter's Basin. The Backup Response Team was called out and 14 Brigade members took part in the callout which included the search of any moored boats or vessels they came across. The search was soon extended to the south bank of the River with South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade covering this area and the Police Launch also searched all deep water moored boats. At 18.45h, with the search area covered and nothing found, the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

019/08 - 21st March 13.40h IRT

While on a local area patrol, Brigade members were informed of a group of teenagers near the South Pier, Cullercoats, who appeared to be tampering with a lifebuoy. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke to the group, who had been pier jumping and were all wearing wet suits, who explained that one of their group had fallen into difficulties and that they had used the lifebuoy to pull him to safety. The Brigade assessed the young male who had fallen in the sea for any injuries and, after ensuring he was fit and well and issuing him with some suitable safety advice, he left the scene. HM Coastguard was kept up to date during the duration of the incident and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was also in attendance.

018/08 - 14th March 14.25h IRT

HM Coastguard received a request off the North East Ambulance Service for assistance with caring for a casualty who had fallen on Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members, who were out on a coastal patrol at the time, were on scene within 3 minutes and cared for the casualty until an ambulance arrived on scene and took the casualty to hospital.

017/08 - 12th March 21.20h IRT

HM Coastguard called the Brigade with a request to investigate a possible sighting of a red flare over the Jarrow/Hebburn area of the River Tyne. Brigade members spread along the north bank of the Tyne and were joined in their search by the Northumbria Police Helicopter and the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue boat. After a detailed search, nothing was found and all units were stood down.

016/08 - 11th March 20.30h IRT

A Brigade Captain was contacted and informed that Rescue Helicopter 131 was in bound to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site and was asked to assemble a team to man the site and assist the Helicopter crew. Four Brigade members attended the site and the Helicopter touched down at 23.40hrs with the Brigade assisting in transferring the casualty, who had been airlifted off an oil rig after suffering breathing difficulties, to the awaiting Ambulance.

015/08 - 10th March 13.35h IRT

HM Coastguard called the Brigade with a request to investigate a potential pollution problem highlighted by the Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth. Blue Reef has a pipeline that sucks water from the sea from 500 metres directly in front of their building. From 7th March they had been seeing an oil scum/residue on top of the seawater tanks. Brigade members investigated and concluded that no external pollution was visible and the cause was possibly due to a drum or barrel of oil being lodged beside the in take which is sub-sea. The findings of the team members were reported back to the Coastguard control room.

014/08 - 8th March 14.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public dialled 999 and reported that a vehicle was trapped on the causeway at St. Mary's Island with concern that someone may still be trapped inside it. Along with paging the Brigade, the Coastguard also deployed the Rescue Helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer which was on a training exercise in the local area. The first Brigade member on scene found that the vehicle, which was a North Tyneside Council van which had been taken across to the Island to empty the bins, was in fact empty and the driver was safe ashore and so his attention switched to trying to recover the vehicle which now had water lapping around its wheels, two of which had slipped off the causeway.

Assisted by three local lifeguards, the Brigade member attached a rope to the van and an attempt was made to pull it to safety. This failed and a second rope was then attached to the van which was then attached to a four wheel drive vehicle which again attempted to pull the vehicle back onto the causeway, again without success. By this time the council van was partially floating and it was deemed too dangerous to continue to have people in the water alongside a large moving object. The Brigade then stood by the vehicle as safety cover until the tide lowered which allowed a recovery vehicle to attend and remove the now submersed and over turned vehicle. Photos of this rescue can found by clicking HERE.

013/08 - 5th March 21.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to attend the Redheugh Brigade where it was reported a man was threatening to jump. The Brigade was at attendance at the incident for approximately two hours whilst a Police negotiator persuaded the man to climb down to safety and he was then taken into the care. The Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Boat was also in attendance.

012/08 - 5th March 16.35h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a woman passenger had jumped from a car as it stopped at the Park Hotel roundabout, Tynemouth, and ran towards the sea. As Brigade members arrived on scene, it was confirmed that the woman had been apprehended by Police officers and taken back to the driver of the car who was also her carer.

011/08 - 21st February 21.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting lights flashing on the rocks opposite St. Georges Church, Cullercoats. A swift response by a Brigade Captain confirmed that the lights were in fact Fishermen who were in no danger and were left to continue their fishing.

010/08 - 17th February 17.26h IRT

While on a local area patrol, Brigade members were flagged down by a local shop owner who made them aware of a young child who was in his shop and had become separated from their parent. Brigade members informed Northumbria Police and carried out a search of the local area to try and locate the parent. After a short period of time the child's parent was found safely and Northumbria Police released the Brigade from the incident to continue their patrol.

009/08 - 8th February 04.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of numerous flares being sighted out to sea off the Rex Hotel, Whitley Bay. Upon arrival, a young man pointed out to the Brigade members where the 'flares' were and this was confirmed as the ordnance buoy which lies roughly a mile out to sea. The gentleman was thanked for his diligence and the Brigade stood down.

008/08 - 6th February 15.30h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a drifting dinghy just inside the River Tyne Piers with possible sightings of clothing floating next to it. As there was the possibility of a missing person, the Backup Response Team was called out to carry out a search of the River as Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats launched and carried out a search of the area with help from the River Tyne Pilot Cutter and a Police Helicopter. After a short search information came to light indicating that the clothing was in fact debris floating down river and that the dinghy had been abandoned some days earlier and, with no missing persons being reported to the Police, the Brigade was stood down along with the Lifeboats once they had safely recovered the dinghy.

007/08 - 24th January 12.59h IRT + BRT

After receiving a call from Northumbria Police reporting a missing woman, HM Coastguard called out the Brigade and the Backup Response Team was deployed with a request to help search for the lady working north from Seaton Sluice. As six Brigade members arrived on scene they were informed that the woman had been found safe and well and were stood down.

006/08 - 16th January 18.18h IRT

A member of the public reported to the Coastguard that they had seen what appeared to be flares being set off directly off the centre of Tynemouth Longsands, with the Brigade dispatched to investigate the sighting. Once on scene, Brigade members confirmed with the first informant the sightings but, before any further investigations were launched, were informed by the Coastguard that a number of military aircraft were practicing in the area and were considered to be the instigators of the flares. With this information, the first informant was thanked for his prompt response and the Brigade returned to station.

005/08 - 16th January 00.35h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to carry out a search from North Shields Fish Quay round to Cullercoats Bay after receiving a call reporting two 21 year old males who had been out fishing all day and had not returned to their families. As Brigade members prepared to carry out a search it was confirmed that that two men had turned up safe and well at their homes.

004/08 - 15th January 16.38h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to investigate a report of a yellow kayak which had been spotted heading down the River Tyne. After speaking to the first informant and carrying out a brief search of the area, a sea kayaker was spotted heading back to Tynemouth Haven. Here he was met by Brigade members who issued him with safety advice and carried out an inspection of his safety equipment which, thankfully, was found to be in good condition and suitable for kayaking.

003/08 - 9th January 03.26h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to attend an incident at Hartley Bay where two persons were reported to be at the bottom of the cliffs. Along with the Brigade, the incident was attended to by Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, seven Fire Brigade units, two Ambulances, Police Helicopter India 99 and a number of Police patrol units. One casualty was pronounced dead at the scene with the other being taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. The incident is under investigation by the police with no further details available.

002/08 - 2nd January 01.10h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a young man who had fallen off the river path and become stuck in the mud in the River Tyne, near Blaydon. As four Brigade members assembled at the rescue vehicle in Tynemouth, another Brigade member who had arrived at the scene confirmed that the man had been brought safely out of the mud by the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade and therefore the Brigade stood down.

001/08 - 1st January 01.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a person on the wrong side of the railings at Royal Quays Marina. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, information was received confirming that the person had been recovered safe and well.

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