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

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Initial Response Team Calls - 135                Backup Response Team Calls - 15

135/09 - 27th December 11.30h IRT

While providing safety cover at Whitley Bay Beach for the annual Boxing Day swim, Brigade members provided first aid care to two swimmers who were suffering from the early stages of hypothermia. 101 swimmers braved the cold conditions with the air temperature being measured at 2 Celsius and the sea temperature at just 5 Celsius. The event was held to raise funds for the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards. After approximately 30 minutes of attention in which both swimmers were carefully warmed up, both made a full recovery and the Brigade was able to return to station.
One vessel from Red Seal Rescue and lifeguards on surf boards were on hand while the brave swimmers were in the sea - but thankfully their services were not required
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134/09 - 20th December 11.45h IRT

During the previous search, Brigade members came across a fat, maternally dependent, grey seal at the North end of Whitley Bay Beach. A Brigade Section Leader, who is also Area Co-ordinator for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, was called to the scene and reluctantly made the decision to move the seal due to its position on the beach and the proximity of members of the public and their dogs. This process was carried out carefully with the assistance of Brigade members who found a secluded area in which to leave the seal. A check was carried out on the seal later in the afternoon when it was found to have returned to the sea.

133/09 - 20th December 10.37h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a gentleman cycling near the Brier Dene pub, Whitley Bay, who had witnessed a white flare falling into the sea approximately 2 miles offshore. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, who were out on their weekly exercise at the time, immediately proceeded to the area and spoke to some surfers at the sound end of Whitley Bay beach and to a small fishing vessel off Cullercoats Bay who both confirmed the sighting of the flare. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and a thorough search was carried out between St. Mary's Island and Browns Bay. After an hour and a half of detailed searching and with nothing found and no vessel being reported overdue or missing, HM Coastguard concluded that had anyone been in difficulty then the rescue resources used would have located them and all units were stood down. The source of the flare remains a mystery.

132/09 - 17th December 12.14h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats after receiving a request for immediate assistance from Northumbria Police. A member of the public had walked into North Shields Police Station stating that he had seen a half-naked man walking into the sea near the Black Middens rocks on the north side of the lower Tyne harbour. Two Brigade members arrived on scene within two minutes of the page where they met with local Police Officers who stated that they had carried out a search of the local area and had concluded that the citing had probably been of one of three surfers who were braving the rough conditions to surf near the Black Middens rocks. A thorough search of the area was carried out by the Brigade and the Lifeboats, and with no one reported missing, HM Coastguard stood all units down.
While surfing near the Black Middens rocks is a regular occurrence when surfers deem the conditions too dangers at Tynemouth Longsands, the member of the public was correct to call out the emergency services as they were concerned that someone was in grave danger.
The Northumbria Marine Police launch 'Sabre' was all in attendance at this incident.

131/09 - 13th December 13.21h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service the a dog was trapped near St. Mary's Island. A Brigade Section Leader was on scene within a matter of minutes and was able to confirm that the dog had managed to free itself and had been reunited with its owners. With this in mind, HM Coastguard stood other Brigade members down and gave permission for the Lifeboat to return to Station. Two appliances from the Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.

130/09 - 11th December 22.55h IRT

Following the Brigade's monthly training exercise, a Brigade Captain noticed that a taxi had become stuck in the sand just off Watts Slope, Whitley Bay Beach. After being unable to recover the car using his own vehicle, the Captain informed HM Coastguard of the situation and a Brigade Section Leader arrived on scene in the Brigade Land Rover and quickly recovered the car from the sand. The owner of the vehicle was then issued with strict safety advice and promptly left the area.

129/09 - 9th December 13.55h 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 14.15h. Five Brigade members arrived on scene and secured the area as the Helicopter landed and they then assisted in transferring the casualty, an injured female walker, to an awaiting ambulance. The lady was then taken to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

128/09 - 5th December 02.41h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade asking if they wished to assist the driver of a black BMW whose vehicle had become stuck in sand on Whitley Bay Beach near Watts Slope. When no lives are in danger, a car stuck on a beach does not normally result in the calling out of a coastal rescue team, however, as an independent organisation the Brigade can chose to attend, often to prevent the driver taking any undue risk in recovering their vehicle.
Three Brigade members arrived on scene with the Brigade Land Rover and quickly recovered the car back to the road. Here the driver, who said that the car ended up on the beach after his handbrake failed, was issued with strict safety advice. Officers from Northumbria Police and the AA were also in attendance at this incident.

127/09 - 28th November 16.46h IRT

After receiving numerous 999 calls reporting that cries for help had been heard in and around the mouth of the River Tyne, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to search the North Tyne Pier. South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade was called out to search the South Tyne Pier and Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats were tasked with carrying out a detailed sea-search of the surrounding area. Furthermore, as there was some concern that a person may be in the water, RAF Rescue Helicopter 128 from RAF Leconfield was tasked to assist, volunteers from the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards, who were training at Whitley Bay, made their way to the North Pier and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was called out.
Once on scene the Brigade spoke with a number of the 999 callers and a number of anglers who were on the North Tyne Pier and reported that they had seen nothing untoward. A short while later, contact was made with a boat from Red Seal Rescue who explained that they had seen a number of youths on the North Tyne Pier who had been under the influence of alcohol and had been heard to scream and shout. The youths then quickly left the scene as the emergency services arrived.
With no persons reported missing and a thorough search of the area finding no one in danger, HM Coastguard concluded that these youths were most probably the source of the cries that had been heard and the call was put down as a false alarm with malicious intent. The numerous units involved were then stood down and returned to station.

126/09 - 27th November 17.58h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a man and woman at Cullercoats Bay who raised concern over a number of lights that they could see approximately 2 miles off the Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a detailed search of the local area with nothing suspicious found. Approxmiately 10 fishing vessels were returning to the River Tyne following a day's fishing and a car carrier was ancored roughly 3 miles from the Tyne Piers. After HM Coastguard contacted a number of these vessels, all of whom reported that everything was normal, the decision was made that this callout was a false alarm with good intent and the first informants were thanked for their vigilance.

125/09 - 25th November 18.50h IRT + BRT

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 at 20.15h. Due to boggy conditions at the Landing Site, the Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out to ensure enough members were on hand to safely transfer the casualty, a 67 year-old female from the Whitehaven area, safely to an awaiting ambulance. Due to unforeseen delays, the Helicopter did not arrive at the landing site until 22.00h where the casualty was carefully transferred to the ambulance. Brigade members then also assisted in transferring the casualty from the ambulance to the appropriate ward at the Freeman Hospital. With this complete, the helicopter took off at 22.45h and the Brigade returned to station.

124/09 - 15th November 16.52h IRT

As Brigade members prepared to return home following the previous callout, they were requested by HM Coastguard to start a search for a missing person between the mouth of the River Tyne and the North Shields Ferry Landing.
Tynemouth RNLI Inshore and All-Weather Lifeboats had been called out after a report was received of a person falling into the River Tyne at the South Shields Ferry Landing. This casualty was recovered by the Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter 'Collingwood' and transferred to the shore to be taken to hospital. However, there then become some concern that a second person may be in the River and a search was started. A short while later it was confirmed by the ambulance service that only one person had been in the River and there was no second casualty and so all units were stood down. South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance at this incident.

123/09 - 15th November 16.24h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who were treating an injured woman at Tynemouth Longsands Beach. The woman had fallen to the ground and suffered suspected spinal injuries. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the woman had been transferred to an ambulance which then took her to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

122/09 - 8th November 11.10h IRT

Shortly after attending a Remembrance Sunday service at the cenotaph in Tynemouth, Brigade members were alerted to a 72 year-old gentleman who had fallen unconscious. An ambulance was called and a Brigade member who is also a paramedic immediately started to care for the gentleman while other Brigade members assisted where necessary. The gentleman was given oxygen which is stored onboard the Brigade Land Rover and he slowly began to regain consciousness. He was kept warm and monitored until an ambulance arrived to take him to North Tyneside General Hospital for a thorough assessment.

121/09 - 5th November 13.09h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a woman hanging on to the railings at the seaward end of the North Tyne Pier. Two Brigade members arrived on scene within minutes and made their way along the pier at a brisk pace. Arriving at the end of the Pier at the same time as the Lifeboat, the Brigade members found no one in trouble. At the same time, another Brigade member, who was making his way to the scene, discovered that the incident was in fact taking place at Cullercoats Bay. Once at Cullercoats he discovered that a woman had taken an overdose of drugs and was on one of the Piers, but had not actually entered the water. She was transferred to an ambulance for further assessment and treatment. Appliances from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

120/09 - 3rd November 15.37h 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 with a casualty who required hospital treatment. The helicopter landed safely and the casualty, a 57 year-old male who had suffered an injury to his lower-left leg while walking in the countryside, was transferred to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

119/09 - 1st November 07.53h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a young girl who reported that her father had fallen into the River Tyne near the Millennium Bridge. Four Brigade members responded to the incident with the first member arriving on scene approximately 10 minutes after being alerted to the incident.
Once on scene, he discovered that the man had fallen from a small dinghy that was tied on to his yacht which was moored next to the Pitcher & Piano restaurant on the Quayside. Fortunately, the man was wearing a life jacket and was able to make it back to the yacht after spending a short amount of time in the River. Once on the quayside he was treated for mild hypothermia by the North East Ambulance Service and was taken to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
Northumbria Police, the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter 'Collingwood' were also in attendance at this incident.

118/09 - 27th October 08.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a lady who reported that she was in the middle of Tynemouth Longsands Beach and could see a Yacht that was about to come aground onto the Beach. Three Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a thorough search of the area with the only vessel visible being a fishing boat half-a-mile off Cullercoats Bay which was hauling lobster pots. HM Coastguard then spoke again with the first informant who agreed that the vessel she had seen was most probably the fishing boat and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

117/09 - 18th October 21.30h IRT

Three hours later, Brigade members returned to North Tyneside General Hospital and once again manned the Helicopter Landing Site as Rescue 131 returned to drop off the doctor from the previous callout. The drop-off took place without incident and the Brigade returned to station.

116/09 - 18th October 17.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to find a suitable landing site for RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 at North Tyneside General Hospital. Although this is not a usual landing site for 131, it was necessary on this occasion as a patient at the hospital was suffering from decompression sickness and required urgent transfer to a hyperbaric chamber in Hull for further treatment. A suitable site was found within the Hospital grounds and the patient along with a Doctor were transferred to the Helicopter before it departed for Hull.

115/09 - 17th October 17.50h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 after receiving a 999 call reporting that a microlite aircraft had been seen to fly into the sea North of St. Mary's Island. All units arrived on scene and conducted a thorough search of the area, but could find no trace of the aircraft. After further discussions with the first informant, it was confirmed that the aircraft had in fact not landed in the sea but had made a controlled decent into Holywell Dene, Whitley Bay, and all units were stood down.
A short while later, Northumbria Police contacted HM Coastguard to confirm that the microlite had indeed landed in Holywell Dene after the pilot had experienced engine trouble and had decided to land for safety reasons.

114/09 - 17th October 00.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to support Northumbria Police who were responding to a report that a man was threatening to jump off the Millennium Bridge into the River Tyne. As two Brigade members arrived on scene, it was confirmed that the man had come away from the edge of the bridge and had been taken to hospital for further treatment and assessment.

113/09 - 10th October 23.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a broken-down boat in the River Tyne. The Brigade quickly located the boat and kept her under observation while Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat took her under tow and returned her safely to her berth in South Shields.

112/09 - 4th October 16.02h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting that two people were cut off by the tide on rocks in front of Tynemouth Priory at the southern end of King Edward's Bay.
Brigade members arrived on scene and identified the pair who were sat on rocks which kept them above the high tide mark, but which were in a position which made it impossible for them to return to shore as the high tide cut off their route back to the beach.
Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was called, as was RAF Rescue Helicopter 128, as an evaluation was made as to what to do next. The Lifeboat was unable to get close enough to the casualties to affect a safe recovery but did manage to get one crew member ashore who was able to confirm that the pair were happy to wait until the tide dropped and they could reach the beach safely. With this in mind, Rescue Helicopter 128 was stood down but the Brigade called out their Backup Response Team and prepared their Rope Rescue equipment in case the situation deteriorated and their was a need to reach the young man and woman quickly.
At roughly 17.00h, the couple were able to make it back onto the beach where they were met by a Brigade member who took their details and issued them with suitable safety advice.

111/09 - 27th September 16.27h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a man was threatening to harm himself at Marconi Point, between Browns Bay and Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed as the gentleman, who was suffering from the effects of alcohol and drug abuse, was located and cared for by officers from Northumbria Police and two Lifeboatmen. The man was then transported back to Cullercoats Lifeboat Station by the Lifeboat before being taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further treatment.

110/09 - 27th September 12.18h IRT

At the same time as HM Coastguard received information about the windsurfer, they took another emergency call from the skipper of the 25ft fishing vessel 'Olwyn' saying that they had broken down on the River Tyne near St. Anthony's Point, Walker. Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat was launched and towed the vessel back to its moorings at Ouseburn Regeneration Centre where the vessel was met by Brigade members who took the necessary details and issued suitable safety advice. It was at this point that the Skipper of the vessel explained that he had only recently purchased the vessel and was intending to take it out for a 15-minute engine trial when they had broken down. He thanked the Lifeboat and the Brigade for their assistance and hoped that his luck improved in the future.

109/09 - 27th September 12.18h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to Blyth Beach and observe a windsurfer who was reported to be struggling to make it to shore due to the strong offshore winds. Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched and recovered the windsurfer from the sea and landed him on the shore. A Brigade Captain met him on the Beach and checked as to whether he required any medical attention, which he did not, before issuing him with suitable safety advice.

0108/09 - 26th September 14.44h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to keep watch on a 32ft fishing vessel that had broken down 4 miles North-East of St. Mary's Lighthouse. Four Brigade members arrived at the Lighthouse and kept a visual on the vessel as Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat launched and successfully towed the boat back to its mooring on the River Blyth.

0107/09 - 20th September 22.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to prepare a team to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 128 from RAF Leconfield was expected to land at 01.30h the following morning. The Helicopter was en-route to the Fulmer Oilfield, 312km East of Dundee, where a man required transporting to hospital with a stomach illness. The site was manned by 3 Brigade members with the Helicopter landing at 01.55h and the man being taken, via ambulance, to Newcastle General Hospital.

0106/09 - 17th September 18.15h 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 19.00h. The Helicopter had winched an elderly gentleman off the Princess of Norway, which was a few miles off the River Tyne, after the man had suffered a suspected stroke. The gentleman was transferred to an awaiting ambulance which took him to Newcastle General Hospital for further treatment.

105/09 - 16th September 21.30h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police in searching for a vulnerable missing person. The 21 year-old female had last been seen at 17.00h and there was concern that she may on one of the local beaches. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and a total of 16 Brigade Members carried out a thorough search between Spanish Battery, Tynemouth and St. Mary's Island. After an hours searching, and with nothing found, Northumbria Police gave the Brigade permission to stand down.

104/09 - 16th September 14.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance in recovering a man who was reported to be in the water just North of Collywell Bay, Seaton Sluice. Three Brigade members arrived on scene to discover that the man had in fact attempted suicide and had been recovered from the sea by two gentlemen who happened to be walking past. The man was conscious but had lost a large amount of blood and was cared for by paramedics and officers from Northumbria Police before being transferred to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

0103/09 - 12th September 20.06h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of two young women stuck on rocks near Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and located the teenagers as being sat near the Arches underneath the main road. A Brigade Captain made contact with the girls, who were heavily intoxicated, and escorted them through the arches and back to safety. Here they were handed into the care of Northumbria Police.

102/09 - 12th September 18.06h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to provide assistance to the owner of a Vauxhall Vectra which was stuck on Cullercoats Bay with the sea rising around its wheels. Brigade members arrived on scene and, with the assistance of a Land Rover, successfully recovered the car from the sea. The owner of the vehicle was then issued with suitable safety advice. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

101/09 - 8th September 17.30h IRT

HM Coastguard called a Brigade Captain and informed him that a boat, trailer and 4x4 were stuck in the sand at the South end of Tynemouth Longsands Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the 4x4 had made it to the ramp, but that the boat was sitting off its trailer some 30 metres from the ramp. Brigade members worked with the owner of the vessel and successfully recovered both boat and trailer to the safety of the ramp. Then, the gentleman involved was given strict safety advice advising him that it was not suitable to launch a boat from Tynemouth Longsands.

100/09 - 6th September 22.15h IRT + BRT

While representing the Brigade at the North Tyneside Council Lifeguard end-of-season get together at Cullercoats RNLI Station, Brigade members were approached by officers from Northumbria Police with a request to assist in the search for a vulnerable missing person. A 21 year-old female had failed to return home at 19.00h and she was known to enjoy walking on the beaches between Tynemouth and Blyth. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and a search was instigated focusing on the area's local beaches. After approximately 45 minutes, Northumbria Police informed HM Coastguard that the missing woman had been found in Central Newcastle and all units were stood down.

099/09 - 3rd September 13.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to muster a team for a search of the local area. A mayday call from a boat in the area had been received and the Brigade was tasked to search for the owner who was believed to be onshore nearby. However, as the team assembled, HM Coastguard made direct contact with the owner of the vessel and the Brigade was stood down.

098/09 - 2nd September 14.34h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with a man who had sustained an eye injury while working on an oil rig roughly 100 miles off the coast of Aberdeen. The helicopter landed safely and the casualty was transferred to an awaiting ambulance for further treatment and assessment.

097/09 - 31st August 16.15h IRT

Later on in the patrol, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land around 17.00h. The Helicopter had winched onboard a lady in her early 20's who had fallen 20 foot at Trow Rock, South Shields, suffering serious head injuries. The Helicopter landed at the site just after 17.15h and the casualty was transferred, via ambulance, to Newcastle General Hospital for further treatment and assessment.

096/09 - 31st August 13.20h IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to proceed to St. Mary's Island where they had received a report of a boat possibly drifting onto the rocks near the Island. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched on service and made contact with the skipper of the fishing vessel who explained that he had a rope stuck around his propeller. One Lifeboatman entered the water and successfully freed the rope from the propeller allowing the fisherman to continue on his passage to Blyth Harbour.

095/09 - 25th August 19.59h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a youth trapped on rocks near the North Tyne Pier. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and located three youths sat on the most southerly point of Tynemouth Priory. The youths reported that one of their group had suffered an epileptic fit and required assistance. The Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade then arrived on scene and recovered the three youths to the ground where they were checked over by the North East Ambulance Service. As they all appeared to be in good health, they were were then handed over to Northumbria Police who allowed the group to leave the area.

094/09 - 25th August 16.28h IRT + BRT

As the Brigade member made his way back towards the Watch House, he was requested to commence a search for a missing 34 year-old female who was thought to be between St. Mary's Island and the North Tyne Pier. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and a search was carried out with assistance from the North Tyneside Council Beach Lifeguards and Cullercoats Lifeboat. After half-an-hour of searching, Northumbria Police informed HM Coastguard that all units could stand down.

093/09 - 25th August 16.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a fishing vessel possibly in difficulty off Seaton Sluice Harbour. As a Brigade member made his way towards the scene, Cullercoats Lifeboat reported that the vessel was in no difficulty and was in the process of entering Seaton Sluice Harbour. HM Coastguard then gave all units permission to return to station.

092/09 - 14th August 18.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request for a team to be sent to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with an injured teenager. The 15 year-old army cadet had fallen while on exercise on the Otterburn Ranges and had suffered possible spinal injuries. The Casualty was carefully transferred from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance for further treatment and assessment at Newcastle General Hospital.

091/09 - 10th August 10.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land at 11.00h. The Helicopter had rendezvoused with a cruise ship in the North Sea and recovered an American passenger, with a history of cerebral vascular complications, who had fallen over and suffered serious injuries. The gentleman, who was in his 60's and unconscious, was carefully transferred from the Helicopter into an awaiting ambulance and then taken to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

090/09 - 8th August 15.30h IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard requested the Brigade to proceed to the International Ferry Terminal after a security guard at McNulty's Offshore, (based opposite the Ferry Terminal on the South side of the River Tyne), had seen an object in the River which he thought may have been a body. Five Brigade Members arrived at the Ferry Terminal and started an extensive search with the help of Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, Tyne Pilot Cutter 'Collingwood' and staff members from Port of Tyne. After searching for an hour and with nothing found, HM Coastguard were informed and gave permission for all units to stand down.

089/09 - 6th August 13.43h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Tynemouth Longsands Beach Lifeguards reported that a teenager had suffered suspected spinal injuries and required evacuation to hospital. The 15 year-old male had performed a back flip off a 8ft-high sea wall onto sand and had felt pain in his lower back. The casualty was cared for by the Lifeguards until paramedics arrived and placed him on a spinal board for transfer to North Tyneside General Hospital where he was to undergo a thorough examination.

088/09 - 4th August 01.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a woman reported that her boyfriend had entered the water off Whitley Bay Beach and was threatening to commit suicide. Three Brigade members made their way towards the scene and were about to start a search for the man when they discovered that he had been arrested by Northumbria Police and was about to be transported to North Tyneside General Hospital as a precautionary measure. With the danger now averted, the Brigade returned to station.

087/09 - 25th July 23.50h IRT + BRT

Just before midnight, the Brigade's Backup Response Team mustered at Cullercoats Bay where they met with Northumbria Police Officers, Lifeboatmen from Cullercoats RNLI and a number of Lifeguards giving a total search team of 25 people. Five teams were then sent out to carry out a detailed and methodical search for the missing swimmer between St. Mary's Island and the North Tyne Pier. Police Helicopter India 99 also returned to the scene to assist in the search.

After an hour of searching, a member of the public reported a possible body on Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members immediately investigated this report and were able to confirm that it was indeed the body of the missing swimmer.
The young man was transported to North Tyneside General Hospital for identification and the Brigade returned to station at 02.15h.

The Brigade expresses its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the deceased.

086/09 - 25th July 23.15h IRT

Later that evening, the Brigade was paged after HM Coastguard received a report of Red Flares near Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the flares were in fact Chinese Lanterns launched by guests of a wedding party being held in the Priory.

085/09 - 25th July 18.30h IRT

Shortly before the end of the previous incident, Brigade members were called to King Edward's Bay where it was reported that a number of persons were in difficulties on the cliffs. Once again Beach Lifeguards assisted Brigade members and the youths were found to have made it safely off the cliffs and were issued with suitable safety advice.

084/09 - 25th July 15.45h IRT + BRT

While on a local area patrol and speaking with the North Tyneside Council Beach Lifeguards at Whitley Bay, Brigade members were made aware of a person in grave difficulties in the sea a short distance from the shore - a member of the public reported that they had been observing a swimmer who had got into difficulties and that they had now disappeared. Five Lifeguards entered the water and commenced an under water search while Brigade members requested further assistance via HM Coastguard. Within a matter of minutes Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was on scene and commenced a sea search assisted by RAF Rescue Helicopter 131, Police Helicopter India 99, two Lifeguard Personal Water Craft and a Norhumbria Police Marine Division Launch. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was also called out and a major Land search was co-ordinated by the Brigade with the assistance of Lifeguards and Officers from Northumbria Police. Despite this, and even after a search of the seabed by Police Divers, no trace of the missing swimmer could be found and at roughly 19.00h the search was terminated with a plan to resume at midnight - roughly an hour before low water.

083/09 - 24th July 03.36h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after it was reported that a man was in the sea opposite South Parade, Whitley Bay. Almost immediately, Northumbria Police contacted the Coastguard to confirm that the person was in their custody, but two Brigade Members were asked to proceed to the scene in order to 'meet and greet' the intoxicated man.

082/09 - 21st July 16.52h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call and a call from Northumbria Police concerned about an object off Tynemouth Longsands Beach. Although both callers thought it was most probably a large tree log, they also said it may be a small boat and requested the opinion of the Brigade. Brigade members arrived on scene as the object came ashore at the North end of Tynemouth Longsands and it was confirmed as a large log. North Tyneside Beach Lifeguards then assisted the Brigade in trying to secure the log on the beach to prevent it from drifting out to sea again, but due to its weight were unable to move it. It was then dragged above the tide line in the hope that it will remain on the beach.

081/09 - 20th July 00.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist in a major land and sea search that was taking place between Trow Rock, South Shields, and St.Mary's Island. At roughly 23.20h on the previous evening, the Coastguard had received a MAYDAY call from a yachtsaying it had hit rocks, was about to sink, and had three persons onboard - nothing else was heard and the worst was feared.

RAF Rescue Helicopter 131, Northumbria Police Helicopter India 99, Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats, Cullercoats Lifeboat, Tyne Pilot Cutter 'Bewick', one private fishing vessel and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were immediately called to assist and scoured the coastline from Whitburn to South Shields with nothing found. After a short while, the Coastguard, using sophisticated technology, managed to get a bearing on the radio message which suggested that the signal had come from a direction North-East of the Cullercoats Aerial Mast, which is situated to the north of St. Mary's Island. It was at this point that the Brigade was called out and using a private car, the Brigade Land Rover and the Tynemouth Longsands Lifeguards All Terrain Vehicle, a thorough search was carried out from the North Tyne Pier to Seaton Sluice Harbour. At the same time, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team carried out a search from Blyth Harbour also to Seaton Sluice and two crew members of Cullercoats RNLI assisted the Brigade in the search.

At roughly 1am, and after listening intently to the recording of the MAYDAY call, HM Coastguard decided that the call was most probably a malicious hoax. This decision was reached with the knowledge that no search teams had found any sign or wreckage from the vessel on a night where conditions were perfect for searching, also that no one had been reported missing and that none of the local ports had a yacht overdue or knew of a vessel which name matched that of the missing vessel.

080/09 - 12th July 20.56h IRT

A few hours later, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of man in the River just downriver of Royal Quays Marina. The Lifeboat arrived on scene along with the privately-owned rib 'Tricky 2' which had collected two Police Officers and tried to convince the man to climb out of the River. After a short period of negotiation, the man was recovered to the 'Tricky 2' and arrested for his own safety. He was landed at the Marina and transferred to Hospital for further assessment.

079/09 - 12th July 16.00h IRT

As the Brigade resumed their patrol following the previous incident, they were asked to proceed to the King of Scandinavia, which was alongside at the International Ferry Terminal, where two crew members were stuck in the basket of a mechanical lift near the Ship that had stopped working. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also called and was able to recover both crewmen from the basket and return them to the shore.

078/09 - 12th July 15.35h IRT

Later in the patrol, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to proceed to the North end of Seaton Sluice where a mother had dialled 999 after becoming concerned for her 13 year-old son who was having difficulty while kayaking out at sea. As Brigade members made their way to the scene they were informed that the boy had managed to return to shore but were asked to still attend in order to issue him and his parents with suitable safety advice. This was done and the family were grateful for the quick response of the Brigade.

077/09 - 12th July 13.00h IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard requested the Brigade to proceed to Tynemouth Longsands Beach where the Beach Lifeguards were caring for a man who had suffered a heart attack. Brigade members arrived on scene at the same time as an ambulance and assisted in transferring the casualty from a Council Beach Vehicle to the ambulance. The man was taken to the Freeman Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

076/09 - 11th July 21.25h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a 15 foot white motorboat named 'Sunfly' floating near the North Shields Fish Quay with nobody onboard. As Brigade members arrived on scene, the vessel was taken in tow by the Tyne Pilot Cutter 'Bewick' and secured at the International Ferry Terminal. Here, Brigade members and the crew of the 'Bewick' carried out a full inspection of the vessel and found no obvious signs that it had been used at any point in the recent past or that someone may have fallen overboard from it. The vessel had a registration number on it allowing it to launch from Cullercoats Bay in 2007 and after a short investigation, a possible owner for the vessel was identified and his property was visited. Unfortunately, no one was at home and so with no further information to go on, and remembering that it appeared that the vessel had not been used for a while and may have simply slipped loose from its moorings, the Brigade was stood down by the Coastguard. The vessel was transferred to Tyne Dock for safety and further investigations will be carried out in the next few days.

075/09 - 11th July 11.00h IRT

As Brigade members prepared for a coastal patrol, they overheard Tynemouth Longsands Beach Lifeguards request an ambulance to attend to an injured female surfer who had suffered a cut to her leg caused by the fin of her surfboard. Brigade members arrived on scene and assisted the lifeguards, who dealt with the surfer's injuries in a professional manner, until the ambulance arrived on scene and transferred the 16 year-old to North Tyneside General Hospital for further attention.

074/09 - 8th July 19.12h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a Brigade Captain reported a surfer signalling for immediate help at the South end of Tynemouth Longsands. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and escorted the surfer ashore who had suddenly found the strength to make it back without assistance. Once on the shore he was checked over by the Brigade and given sensible surfing advice.

073/09 - 7th July 13.44h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Tynemouth Longsands Beach Lifeguards reported being informed by Northumbria Police that a man was missing within the local area. It quickly became apparent that the Police were looking for a 56 year-old male from the Killingworth area who they were extremely concerned for and who was known to enjoy spending time at St. Mary's Island, Tynemouth Priory and King Edward's Bay. The Brigade called out their Backup Response Team and, with the assistance of North Tyneside Beach Lifeguards and the two Beach Lifeguard Personal Water Craft, carried out a detailed search between Spanish Battery and St. Mary's Island. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were also called out and focused on the area North of St. Mary's Island running up to Seaton Sluice. After two hours, and just as the search teams were about to stand down, the Police confirmed that the man had arrived safely back at his home.

072/09 - 4nd July 23.15h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain after receiving a 999 call reporting a number of possible flares in the sky over Whitley Bay. The description given suggested that the flares were in fact a firework called a Chinese Lantern which behaves and looks very similar to a distress flare and, after a short investigation, a Brigade member was able to confirm that it was indeed Chinese Lanterns that had been set off by a group of people holding a party on Whitley Bay Beach. The first informant was visited and thanked for her vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

071/09 - 4th July 15.45h IRT

While on a local patrol at Cullercoats Bay, Brigade members became aware of a Personal Water Craft which appeared to have broken down just to the North of the Bay. Two North Tyneside Council Lifeguard Personal Water Craft made their way to the scene and quickly established a tow with the Craft before returning it to the safety of the Bay. HM Coastguard was kept informed during the duration of the incident and the Brigade then continued their patrol with nothing else to report.

070/09 - 4th July 01.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after Northumbria Police reported taking a 999 call stating that a half-naked man had been seen entering the sea at Cullercoats Bay. Rescue units were on scene within a matter of minutes and carried out an extensive search with nothing found. A number of flares were set off to illuminate the search area, but these failed to lead to any sightings and, after being unable to contact the 999 caller, the Police concluded that the call was most probably a malicious hoax.

069/09 - 2nd July 22.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported a person in the sea opposite North Parade, Whitley Bay. Upon arrival, Brigade members found a woman on the beach in a state of disarray and under the extreme influence of alcohol. After a brief chat to ascertain that she was not hurt, she was supplied with a blanket to cover her modesty and Northumbria Police Officers then arrived to ferry her home.

068/09 - 1st July 19.50h IRT + BRT

While preparing to carry out a Rope Rescue Exercise as part of the Brigade's July Drill, Brigade members were approached by a member of the public who was looking for a 34 year-old new mother who was believed to be suffering from post-natal depression, had been missing since 11am, and was known to enjoy running along the North Tyneside Coastline. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was quickly mobilised and 14 Brigade members carried out a search from the mouth of the River Tyne to St. Mary's Island with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team searching to the North of the Island and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat searching out to sea. After two hours, and with nothing found, all search teams were stood down and returned to station.

3rd July 2009 - The missing lady has now been found safe and well.

067/09 - 30th June 21.14h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 128 was due to land within a few minutes. Due to the short notice, Two Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Appliances were also sent to the Site and arrived in time to secure the area and assist in the transfer of an empty incubator that had been flown from the Hull area to transport a new born baby to a Hospital in the South for further treatment. Once on scene, the Brigade looked after the Helicopter Crew and kept them fed and watered as they waited roughly an hour for the baby to be transferred into the incubator and then brought to the Helicopter. The Helicopter then took off without incident and the Brigade returned to station.

066/09 - 28th June 17.21h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who were responding to a report of a lady with a broken leg at the South end of Tynemouth Longsands. Brigade members arrived on scene with the paramedics, and two Brigade members entered the sea to assist two members of the public who were carrying the lady from the rocks to the shoreline. Once at the shore the casualty was assessed by the paramedics, a Brigade Vacuum-splint was applied to her left leg, and she was placed in the Brigade Land Rover and transferred to the awaiting ambulance. After further assessment, it was decided to take her to North Tyneside General Hospital to ascertain whether her ankle was broken or just badly sprained.

065/09 - 21st June 15.28h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance in locating a 73 year-old man who they were extremely concerned for as he has left a suicide note at his home in Whitley Bay and had been acting out of character. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and with the assistance of North Tyneside Council Beach Lifeguards, the Brigade carried out a detailed and methodical search between Cullercoats Bay and Hartley Bay. However, after two hours searching, and with no sightings of the man, the Brigade was stood down by the Police and returned to station.

064/09 - 19th June 14.22h IRT

As Brigade members carried out a sea safety talk at Whitehouse Primary School, they were alerted to a pregnant lady who had collapsed and was unconscious in the entrance to the school. An ambulance was called and the lady was cared for by Brigade members and placed on Oxygen as she slowly regained consciousness. Once the ambulance arrived, she was assessed by paramedics and taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further examination.

063/09 - 19th June 12.10h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a man may be attempting to commit suicide within the grounds of Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke to Police Officers who informed them that they had, along with their Helicopter, done a search of the local Coastline with no sign of the gentleman, but were still concerned for his safety. With this in mind, Brigade members called out their Backup Response Team and began co-ordinating the Local Beach Lifeguards to do a search of the local area. After roughly 30 minutes the decision was made by the Police to stand the search teams down as they felt there was insufficient evidence to confirm that the gentleman was in the Tynemouth area.

062/09 - 15th June 21.07h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist the fishing vessel 'Boy Jack' who had broken down off Collywell Bay, Seaton Sluice. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and quickly returned the vessel to its berth.
The crew, who had to be assisted in similar circumstances on the 21st May, were reminded that when in difficulty at sea they should contact the Coastguard immediately either via VHF Radio on Channel 16 or via phone by dialling 999 - they had done neither of these and had caused an unnecessary delay in rescue resources reaching them.

061/09 - 14th June 20.21h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving two 999 calls reporting red flare sightings between Willington Quay and the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members carried out a detailed search of the River along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. After roughly half-an-hour, with nothing untoward found, both units were stood down and returned to station.

060/09 - 13th June 14.42h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth and Newbiggen Coastguard Rescue Teams after receiving a 999 call reporting a dog stuck halfway up the sea wall in Seaton Sluice near the King's Arms pub. The three teams arrived on scene and worked together to affect a rescue with a member of the Newbiggen team being lowered down the wall, recovering the dog and then being hauled back to safety. The dog, a 12 year-old Jack Russell, was non-the-worse for its expedition, while the owners were issued with suitable safety advice.

059/09 - 11th June 12.25h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving 999 calls reporting a dinghy in distress by the Redheugh Bridge. Three Brigadesmen and one Brigade Section Leader made their way to the scene to find one red two-manned dinghy in no apparent danger at the foot of the King Edward VII Bridge. The Tyne and Wear Fire Boat then arrived, spoke with the red dinghy and left the vessel safely in its location to carry on with whatever it was doing. With no persons now thought to be in danger the Brigade was stood down.

058/09 - 7th June 20.30h IRT

The Brigade was called by Cullercoats RNLI to provide advice on a seal carcass that had been found in the Bay and to decide how best to dispose of the body. While at this call another seal was reported to Northumbria Police to be ashore at Colliwell Bay. This seal was alive but had been there for two days and was considered to be quite unwell and was therefore lifted off the beach and into the care of the RSPCA.

057/09 - 7th June 18.30h IRT

Later that afternoon, Brigade members made their way to the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site and assisted with the transfer of the incubator, now with a young baby in it, from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance. The baby had been flown to Newcastle to undergo a critical transplant.

056/09 - 7th June 11.10h IRT

While out on a coastal patrol, HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade proceed to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land at 11.30h. Once on the ground, an incubator and three medical staff boarded the Helicopter on route to a hospital in Manchester.

055/09 - 6th June 16.25h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting at least one person in the River Tyne opposite the North Shields Ferry Landing and one personal water craft towing another. Brigade members arrived on scene and monitored the situation as the person was recovered safely from the water by the Tyne Pilot Cutter and then the Lifeboat arrived on scene and towed the broken-down water craft back to its berth at South Shields.

054/09 - 31st May 17.55h IRT

Later that afternoon while on Coastal Patrol the Brigade was tasked to attend Whitley Bay Beach where a member of the public thought they had a visual on two people who were cut off by the tide. As Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched to respond to this incident, Four Brigade members arrived on scene and were able to confirm that no persons were cut off by the tide and the lifeboat was stood down.

As Brigade members returned to the Brigade Land Rover that had been parked and locked on Watts Slope, Whitley Bay, it became apparent that the vehicle had been broken into. A group of three youths had managed to force open one of the windows, had turned on the blue lights and were attempting to steal the GPS system when they were chased off by the owner of the Boardwalk Café. The Brigade Land Rover is one of the primary resources in North Tyneside for Coastal Rescues and had it been stolen or seriously damaged then this would have placed a serious strain on the Brigade's resources and potentially placed lives in danger - this point is reiterated by the fact that we have dealt with 4 callouts today and 7 since Thursday. Northumbria Police were informed of the attempted theft and are currently investigating the matter.

053/09 - 31st May 16.45h IRT

Shortly after the previous incident, North Tyneside Council Beach Lifeguards at Tynemouth Longsands Beach reported that they were searching for a three year-old boy who had been missing for 25 minutes. HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist and just as the Brigade prepared to attend the scene it was confirmed that the boy had been located and reunited with his relieved parents.

052/09 - 31st May 16.30h IRT

While still exercising at the Priory, the Brigade was approached by a member of the public and informed that a man was being drunk and abusive to other members of the public in the priory grounds. Northumbria Police were contacted via HM Coastguard and Officers arrived and appropriately dealt with the gentleman.

051/09 - 31st May 14.30h IRT

While Brigade members carried out a Rope Rescue Exercise at Tynemouth Priory, HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade proceed to the car park near St. Mary's Island where a member of the public thought they could see a capsized yacht. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and agreed with the first informant that the vessel appeared to be capsized but found that after carrying out a closer inspection using binoculars, the vessel was in fact the right way up and that its design gave the illusion of being capsized from a far distance. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat also launched to this incident and went along side the vessel to confirm that everything was O.K. - which it was. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was also in attendance at this incident.

050/09 - 30th May 13.11h IRT

While on a coastal patrol, the Brigade was tasked to keep watch over Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat as she towed the speedboat 'Infinity' back to its berth at Royal Quays Marina after it had broken down ½ a mile off Cullercoats Bay. Once at the marina the skipper of the vessel was spoken to by Brigade members and issued with suitable safety advice.

049/09 - 29th May 13.36h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Tynemouth Longsands Beach Lifeguards were informed that a 6 year-old girl had gone missing on the North end of their beach. As five Brigade members and the Lifeguards began a search for the child, she was located by her parents safe and well. Northumbria Police Officers were also in attendance at this incident.

048/09 - 28th May 12.47h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had been alerted to 7 pairs of shoes found at the top of Spanish Battery. Although the shoes appeared to have been dumped, the decision was made to carry out a search of the Battery and the rocks below it. Two Brigade members, one North Tyneside Council Lifeguard Personal Water Craft and the Northumbria Police Helicopter India 99 carried out a detailed search of the area with nothing untoward found. With no persons reported missing, all units were stood down.

047/09 - 26th May 10.00h 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 with a casualty from the South Shields area. As five Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the Helicopter chose to divert to South Tyneside General Hospital and so the Brigade was stood down.

046/09 - 22nd May 17.09h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of an unconscious 16 year-old at King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth. The Brigade Land Rover arrived on scene two minutes after being called to find that the youth was unconscious due to consuming alcohol. He was placed onto the Brigade's Basket Stretcher and transferred to an Ambulance to receive further attention at North Tyneside General Hospital. Along with the Brigade, two North East Ambulance Service Rapid Response Vehicles along with a Road Ambulance and two Northumbria Police Community Support Officers were involved in this incident - incidents such as these are avoidable and place a great strain on valuable and limited resources.

045/09 - 21st May 12.55h IRT

A Brigade Captain was contacted by HM Coastguard with a request to assemble a team to keep watch over Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat as it towed the 'Boy Jack' back to Seaton Sluice Harbour. The 14 foot fishing vessel had suffered engine failure 200 yards North of St. Mary's Island and its 3-man crew were successfully returned to the harbour. On arrival they were met by Brigade members and issued with suitable safety advice.

044/09 - 18th May 23.05h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land 40 minutes later. As three Brigade members made their way towards the Brigade Land Rover they were informed that the Helicopter had stood down and that their assistance would no longer be required.

043/09 - 17th May 16.48h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police of a man lying face down on Table Rock, Browns Bay. The report had been taken from a man who had been out on his bike and had proceeded home before calling the Police allowing roughly 20 minutes to pass before rescue units arrived on scene. Therefore, despite a thorough search by the Brigade, Six Police Officers and an Ambulance crew, no person fitting the description given could be located and so all units stood down.

042/09 - 15th May 20.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a surfer in difficulty on the Black Middens Rocks. The Brigade and the Lifeboat carried out a thorough search of the area with no surfer spotted and, after speaking to a number of onlookers, it was confirmed that the surfer had safely returned to shore and left the area.

041/09 - 13th May 19.53h IRT

While returning to Tynemouth after the previous callout, the Brigade was informed that two Police Community Support Officers had observed two young males who appeared to be stuck 30 feet up the North side of Tynemouth Priory. The Brigade Land Rover was on scene within 30 seconds of the call and one Brigade member made contact with the lads using mobile phone and immediately decided that a Rope Rescue would be required to successfully recover the two casualties. Working in close conjunction with the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade, one Brigade member and two specially-trained Firemen from their Rope Rescue Team based in Hebburn were lowered over the Priory wall towards the casualties with the Brigadesman rescuing one of the young men and one of the Firemen rescuing the other teenager. Both casualties, aged 14 and 15, were cold after spending an hour stuck on the cliff but after a thorough check-up by a North East Ambulance Crew required no further medical attention and were taken back to their homes by Northumbria Police, albeit after a strict safety talk from the Brigade.
The incident saw the Brigade use their New Rope Rescue Equipment for the first time in an emergency to great success and also demonstrated the strong working relationship between the Brigade and the local Fire Brigade.

Photos of this rescue can found by clicking HERE.

040/09 - 13th May 17.50h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue Helicopter 128 from RAF Leconfield was due to land with a casualty they were preparing to recover from the sea a short distance from Souter Lighthouse. The casualty, a young male, had been located face-down in the water and was in a critical condition. As the Brigade vehicle made its way to the Landing Site they were diverted by the HM Coastguard to attend South Tyneside District Hospital Helicopter Landing Site as the Helicopter had decided to take the casualty to this site. The area was secured by the Brigade and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and the casualty was transferred to the hospital. Despite the best efforts of all involved, the casualty was pronounced dead a short while later and the Brigade expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased.

039/09 - 11th May 22.50h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police informed them that a car had become stuck in the sand just past the North end of Whitley Bay Promenade. Five Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly towed the Volvo off the sand and back onto the promenade. The driver, from Manchester, was then issued with suitable safety advice which included remembering not to drive on sand.

038/09 - 25th April 17.07h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting what was thought to be a person being swept out to sea at the North end of Tynemouth Longsands. Two Brigade members arrived on scene within minutes of being paged and were able to confirm that the person was in fact a balloon that had now been swept ashore. It was then recovered by the Brigade and correctly disposed of. Cullercoats RNLI were also paged for this incident but were stood down before launching.

037/09 - 18th April 15.55h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a kayaker requiring assistance ½ a mile off the centre of Tynemouth Longsands. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and guided the Lifeboat onto the casualty, who was fit and well, and returned him to Cullercoats Bay. The kayaker, who had become caught in the rip, was then given a lift to his car by a Brigade member and issued suitable safety advice.

036/09 - 5th April 23.10h IRT

A short while later, a Brigade captain was contacted by HM Coastguard and informed that a car was stuck in the sand at Tynemouth Haven Beach. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and managed to remove the car from the sand - although not without slightly remodelling the front of the Golf - most notably its now portable bumper.

035/09 - 5th April 21.24h IRT

Later that evening, HM Coastguard again paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land with an injured gentleman who had fallen while climbing in the Lake District. Three Brigade members manned the site and assisted in the transfer of the man into an awaiting ambulance.

034/09 - 5th April 19.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting two young males climbing around the front of Tynemouth Priory, on the King Edwards Bay side, only inches away from an 80ft drop. Six Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and issued very stringent safety instructions to the two boys and their two friends, all of whom were 14 year-olds not local to the area nor familiar with the extreme dangers they were exposing themselves to.

033/09 - 5th April 01.33h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after two Northumbria Police Officers reported the sighting of what they thought may be a red flare near St. Mary's Island. Four Brigade members carried out a search from Tynemouth to St. Mary's Island with the Police Officers covering the area from the Island to Blyth. After half an hour of detailed investigation, and with no vessels in sight or reporting the need for assistance, it was decided that the officers possibly saw a firework and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

032/09 - 27th March 09.24h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a dog swimming out to sea at Tynemouth Longsands with the owner threatening to enter the water to attempt to recover it. As Brigade members arrived on scene it was confirmed that the dog, a boxer named 'Milly', had swam back ashore and the Lifeboat was stood down. Details of the dog owner were gathered and suitable safety advice was issued.

031/09 - 26th March 01.50h IRT

Early the next morning, Brigade members returned to the boat to assist its owner in recovering it from the mud and back onto its trailer. This was done with little fuss and the Brigade returned to station at 03.00h.

030/09 - 25th March 20.09h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a young man who was with his 11-year-old brother in a 10ft white speedboat that had become stuck on mud flats 300 yards down river of the Derwenthaugh Marina. Five Brigade members proceeded to the scene where they found the boat to be 40 metres off shore and totally cut off by the mud. With high tide 6 hours away, and with the pair having no suitable clothing or safety equipment, the decision was made to request RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer to assist and recover the pair. The Helicopter arrived at 21.20h and quickly winched the brothers off their boat and onto dry land. The Helicopter winch man also secured a line to the boat which was then attached to a strong point on the land to prevent the vessel drifting into the River as the tide rose.

029/09 - 24th March 00.01h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain and informed him that Rescue 131 was due to land at 00.45h at the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site after rescuing an injured crew member from a tanker in the North Sea. As three Brigade members made their way towards the scene they were informed that the Helicopter had decided to go to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough and so stood down the team.

028/09 - 21st March 01.45h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain at 22.00h and informed him that Rescue Helicopter 131 was expected to land at 02.25h at the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site and requested that the Brigade provide a team to man the site. Four Brigade members secured the landing site and assisted in the transfer of a young baby, who was in an incubator and from the Greater Manchester area, from the helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

027/09 - 17th March 12.58h IRT

A short while later, HM Coastguard again paged the Brigade with a request to monitor a 18ft fishing vessel that had broken down just off Tynemouth Priory. Three Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a watch over the vessel which was quickly recovered by Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and returned to its mooring point in South Shields.

026/09 - 17th March 11.44h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a man possibly requiring assistance while surfing at the south end of Whitley Bay beach. Five Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the gentleman was fit and well and required no further attention.

025/09 - 12th March 18.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain after they received a report of a seal on rocks at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that the seal was fit and healthy and required no further assistance at that point.

024/09 - 10th March 21.00h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted the Brigade Chairman amd informed him that they had received a phone call from a lady who had driven her car onto the sand at Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly towed the lady's car out of the sand and issued suitable driving advice.

023/09 - 2nd March 11.10h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after Northumbria Police requested assistance in locating a vulnerable woman who had gone missing from North Tyneside General Hospital. The Backup Response Team was called out and a total of 10 Brigade members along with Coastguard officers from Blyth and Police Helicopter India 55 covered a large search area running from Seaton Sluice to the North Tyne Pier. After two hours of intensive searching, and with no sign of the missing woman, the Police allowed all units to return to station.

022/09 - 1st March 17.12h IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a phone call from the Deputy Launching Authority Officer at Cullercoats RNLI reporting the sighting of a possible red flare just off Cullercoats Bay. After an intensive search by the Brigade and Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat, no vessel could be found in need of assistance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

021/09 - 28th February 20.59h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police informed them that at a man was stood on the wrong side of the railings on the Tyne Bridge. Brigade members arrived on scene but were very quickly informed by Police Officers that their assistance was no longer required and returned to station.

020/09 - 25th February 14.31h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Rescue Helicopter 131 after the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade informed them that a person had jumped from the Redheugh Bridge into the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene as the casualty was recovered from the River by the Fire Brigade Rescue Boat and transferred to an ambulance in a critical condition.

019/09 - 24th February 02.15h IRT

Following the previous callout, Brigade members were called out early the next morning after Northumbria Police located the missing man near the mud banks at the North end of Whitley Bay Beach where he was threatening to cause harm to himself. Police Helicopter India 99 was on scene and kept a visual on the gentleman as Brigade members arrived and prepared their rope rescue equipment in case it should be required. After a short wait, and just as Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was preparing to launch to assist, the Helicopter confirmed that the man had given himself up to Police Officers and all units were stood down.

018/09 - 23rd February 19.28h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance in looking for a 42 year old man from Jarrow who was reported to be missing and had last made contact from a phone box in the Tynemouth area. The Backup Response Team was called out and a total of eight Brigade members spent two hours searching from the North Tyne Pier to Cullercoats Bay looking for the gentleman but to no avail. The man continued to call his family from his mobile phone during this period and so after discussions with Northumbria Police the search was scaled down and the Brigade returned to station.

017/09 - 21st February 11.15h IRT

While on a rope rescue exercise at Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, the Brigade was asked to monitor a personal water craft that had broken down near Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station on the River Tyne. Within a few minutes the boarding boat was launched and towed the stricken craft back to its launching point at South Shields.

016/09 - 20th February 20.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance in locating a missing person near Royal Quays Marina. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene they were informed by Police Helicopter India 99 that their services were no longer required and returned to station.

015/09 - 18th February 15.00h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain after an ambulance reported seeing two persons possibly in need of assistance at Browns Bay. A Brigade member arrived on scene and was able to confirm that the two people were in fact fishermen who required no assistance.

014/09 - 10th February 01.45h IRT

A Brigade Captain was contacted with a request to organise a team to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land at 02.30h. Three Brigade members prepared the site and assisted in the transfer of a man, who had been airlifted off a North Sea Oil Rig after suffering an unpleasant injury to a rather private place, to an awaiting ambulance.

013/09 - 8th February 02.21h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade who were responding to a report of a man stood on the wrong side of the railings at Royal Quays Marina. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, it was confirmed that the man had been prevented from entering the River Tyne by Northumbria Police officers and was taken into custody for his own safety.

012/09 - 2nd February 13.45h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted the Brigade Chairman and informed him that RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land at the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site at 14.30h with an elderly gentleman from a farm near Hexham who was suffering from a heart complaint. Two Brigade Captains and a Brigade member manned the landing site, which was covered in snow, and assisted in the transfer of the man to an awaiting ambulance. Brigade members then remained on scene for a further half hour as heavy snow prevented the Helicopter from taking off. Eventually there was a brief break in the snow falls which allowed the Helicopter to return to RAF Boulmer. Photos of this rescue can found by clicking HERE.

011/09 - 30th January 15.58h IRT

Later that afternoon, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade again along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats after Northumbria Police informed them that a man had been sighted acting suspiciously at the foot of Tynemouth Priory. As the Brigade arrived on scene the gentleman made his way off the rocks and was promptly arrested by Police Officers. Units from the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade and the North East Ambulance Service were also in attendance along with Police Helicopter India 99.

010/09 - 30th January 12.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI after receiving a report that a small boat had broken down just off the Black Middens rocks. The Lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and towed the vessel back to its mooring at South Shields.

009/09 - 24th January 22.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a phone call from a man at King Edward's Bay who had spotted a light on the rocks in front of him but had subsequently lost sight of the light and was concerned as to what may have happened. Four Brigade members arrived on scene, spoke to the first informant and quickly located a fisherman on the waters edge who was using a light similar to the one reported. A Brigade member made his way across to the fisherman who was enjoying an evenings fishing, although had caught nothing, and was in no need of assistance. The first informant was thanked for his vigilance and the Brigade returned to station.

008/09 - 23rd January 14.39h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a man had jumped off the Redheugh Bridge into the River Tyne. A short while later it was confirmed that the gentleman had been recovered by the Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Boat and was not thought to have survived the incident. All Brigade units were therefore stood down.

007/09 - 22nd January 20.24h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a man had reported that his fiancé had threatened to commit suicide at Tynemouth Longsands. Police Helicopter India 99 did a sweep of the beach and inshore waters, Cullercoats lifeboat did a sweep of the white water while Brigade members searched the shoreline. The first informant, who was on the beach, then informed the Police that he had received a phone call and that the lady was O.K. and heading home. The search was called off and all units were stood down when confirmation was given by the police that she was in fact at her home.

006/09 - 18th January 16.30h IRT

A short while later, HM Coastguard again paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a gentleman at Browns Bay who could see a young male acting suspiciously on Marconi Point. Brigade members arrived on scene along with units from Northumbria Police, quickly identified the person involved and were able to confirm that he was out for a walk and did not require any further assistance.

005/09 - 18th January 16.06h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had taken a 999 call from a gentleman who had stated that his wife was attempting suicide in Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members and Lifeboat crew were quickly on scene and were able to confirm that the lady had been recovered from the sea and taken into the care of the Police. She was later transferred to an Ambulance to be taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment. Red Seal Rescue units were also in attendance at this incident.

004/09 - 9th January 17.20h IRT

HM Coastguard received a call from the Chinese owner of a people-carrier whose vehicle had become stuck in the sand at Watts Slope, Whitley Bay Beach. With no lives in danger, the Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain, informed him of the situation and let him decide whether to attend or not. The Brigade captain made the decision to assist the gentleman and using the Brigade Land Rover and a Land Rover owned by another Brigade member they were eventually able to pull the vehicle out of the sand and back onto the road.

003/09 - 6th January 14.05h IRT

While on a local area patrol, Brigade members provided a radio relay point between HM Coastguard and Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat as the Coastguard's communication aerial was not working effectively and the Lifeboat was launching to assist a broken-down vessel 8 miles off the River Tyne. After a short while the Coastguard was able to fix their communication problems and the Brigade was stood down. The lifeboat quickly arrived on scene with the fishing vessel and towed it back to Blyth.

002/09 - 1st January 16.45h IRT + BRT

As the Brigade vehicle left St. Peters Basin it was contacted by the Coastguard with an urgent request to attend Tynemouth Longsands where a woman was reported to be in the sea. Another Brigade member was contacted who instigated a Backup Response Team Callout and a total of 10 Brigade members assisted in carrying out numerous searches of Longsands Beach, Cullercoats Bay and King Edwards Bay. After 30 minutes of intense searching, Northumbria Police confirmed that the woman had been located safe and well.

A quick note of thanks must be made firstly to the members of the public who assisted in freeing the Brigade Land Rover from the sand after it became stuck at Longsands the first time around - and secondly to Honorary Brigade Member David Lilley who brought his Tractor to assist in towing the Brigade Land Rover to safety after it became temporally inconvenienced in the sand for a second occasion. A cold, wet, sweaty, sandy way to start to the New Year!

001/09 - 1st January 15.10h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade for their first callout of the New Year after receiving a phone call from the skipper of a boat that had broken down just outside the piers at the River Tyne. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also paged and towed the vessel back to Royal Quays. Here its crew was met by Brigade members who transported the boat owner and his companion back to their base at St. Peters Basin and issued the pair with some extremely stringent safety advice.

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