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

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Initial Response Team Calls - 129              Backup Response Team Calls - 11

129/10 - 31st December 11.51h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a foreign tourist cut off by the tide on rocks adjacent to St. Mary’s Island. The gentleman, who was from Romania, had climbed onto the rock to take a photograph of the Island but was not familiar with the tidal conditions of the North Sea and was in a dangerous predicament as the tide was still rising around him. Fortunately, Cullercoats Lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and rescued the gentleman before landing him into the care of Brigade member at the causeway opposite St. Mary’s Island. Once on dry land the gentleman was found to be a little shaken but generally none-the-worse for his adventure and soon left the area to continue his holiday.

128/10 - 30th December 09.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site for RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 which was due to land at approximately 11am with a sick fisherman who had been airlifted off a vessel East of Flamborough Head. The Helicopter landed shortly before 10.45h and the casualty was taken to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

127/10 - 27th December 20.18h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with an urgent request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land at 20.35h. Brigade members arrived on scene and assisted in transferring a critically injured male, who had been involved in an accident while ice climbing on Swirral Edge, Helvellyn, from the helicopter to an awaiting ambulance which took him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary. Also on onboard the Helicopter was a doctor from Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team who had located the casualty on the mountain and cared for him until his arrival at hospital.

Despite the best efforts of all involved, the gentleman succumbed to his injuries and died overnight.

126/10 - 21st December 17.33h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a small boat had broken down 4 miles upriver from the Mouth of the River Tyne near the Shepherd Offshore facility. As Brigade members made their way to the scene, in blizzard conditions, further information was received confirming that the vessel was now back underway and no further assistance was required. The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Boat was also tasked to this incident.

125/10 - 19th December 19.31h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a resident in Tynemouth reporting what she thought was a red flare over the Sharpness Point area. Brigade members carried out a thorough search of the area, with nothing untoward found, and after further discussions with the first informant, decided that the call was a false alarm with good intent.

124/10 - 17th December 08.58h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a call reporting that a man had fallen into the River Tyne near the Albert Edward Dock. The gentleman was recovered from the water by a passing boat and placed into the care of paramedics and local fire crews at the North Shields Ferry Landing. The man, who was in the River for at least 10 minutes, was conscious but extremely hypothermic and was taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment. Officers from Northumbria Police and the Police Marine Unit were also in attendance at this incident.

123/10 - 5th December 15.03h 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 15.30h. The helicopter, which had rescued a gentleman who had broken his leg on cliffs near Seaham, landed at the site shortly before 16.00h and the casualty was transferred to an awaiting ambulance before being taken to the RVI Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

122/10 - 30th November 15.30h IRT

Following the previous callout, Brigade members made their way to the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site to see if the site would be suitable for Rescue 131 to return to once it had been to Whitehaven. While on scene at the Landing Site, Brigade members were requested by paramedics to assist in the transfer of a casualty from the Great North Air Ambulance which was about to land.
Three Brigade members assisted in the transfer of a male casualty from the air ambulance to an awaiting road ambulance before the casualty was taken to the Freeman Hospital.

Following the Brigade's inspection of the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site and considering local weather conditions, Rescue 131 decided to land at Newcastle Airport on its return from Whitehaven and therefore the Brigade was stood down shortly after 16.00h.

121/10 - 30th November 14.08h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Sea King Helicopter 131 was due to land in 25 minutes. The site, which was covered in 2 foot of snow, was manned by seven Brigade members and the Helicopter landed without incident. As the Helicopter was landing to collect an incubator and medical crew, the Pilot then demonstrated astonishing skill to take off and land the Helicopter between two lamp posts (with no more than a few metres clearance on each side) and on the main path which made transporting the incubator onto the Helicopter much easier. The Helicopter then took off en route to collect an ill child from Whitehaven Hospital.

120/10 - 29th November 17.00h IRT

Due to the continued poor weather conditions, the Brigade again assisted the North East Ambulance service in responding to a variety of incidents between 17.00h and midnight. These incidents included:
Assisting a rapid response vehicle stuck in the snow on the Marden Estate
i) Attending to an 84 year-old woman suffering from a shortness of breath in her home on the Marden Estate. The casualty was cared for by Brigade members before an ambulance arrived and transported her to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
ii) Transporting two ambulance staff from Sandyford ambulance station to Blucher ambulance station.
iii) Assisting an ambulance stuck in the snow in North Shields. After some hard work clearing the snow surrounding the ambulance and getting the Brigade Land Rover in a suitable position to the tow the ambulance, the vehicle was eventually recovered to the main road.

119/10 - 28th November 17.05h IRT

While making their way through Wallsend at the start of the above incident, Brigade members came across a middle-aged man who was lying unconscious on the main High Street. The casualty, who had also suffered a cut to his head, was cared for by Brigade members as an ambulance was requested. However, once the casualty had regained consciousness he decided to decline further treatment and left the area.

118/10 - 28th November 16.00h IRT

The Brigade approached the North East Ambulance Service and offered assistance to the Service in attending any incidents that paramedics were requiring help in attending due to the continued adverse weather conditions in the North Tyneside area. Three Brigade members took the Brigade Land Rover and were on call until 00.30h. During this time they assisted at the following incidents:
i) Collecting three Paramedics from their homes and taking them to Sandyford and Wideopen Ambulance Stations.
ii) Assisting paramedics who were attending reports of a 13 year-old who had suffered a leg injury while sledging near the Rising Sun Farm. Brigade members and paramedics were only able to get their vehicles to within ½ a mile of the casualty and so one of the Brigade's basket stretches was carried across two fields, (and through one hedge!), to the casualty who was then carefully placed onto the stretcher and then pulled back along a footpath to the nearest road before finally being placed into an ambulance and taken to North Tyneside General Hospital.
iii) Assisting paramedics in responding to a report of a non-breathing male at an address in Wallsend. Once on scene it was established that the casualty was breathing and conscious and he was also taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

117/10 - 26th November 22.04h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a possible flare in the sky between Browns Bay and Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members made their way to the first informant's house in Whitley Bay and discussed with him what he had witnessed. Following this a thorough search of the local area between St. Mary's Island and the North Tyne Pier was carried out with nothing suspicious found. With no further reports received and visibility ranging between 200 yards and 1 mile due to heavy snowstorms, HM Coastguard decided to stand the Brigade down shortly after 22.45h.

116/10 - 26th November 04.20h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from a taxi driver that he had witnessed a woman walking into the sea at the North end of Tynemouth Longsands beach. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the woman had come out of the water and was now being cared for by paramedics and officers from Northumbria Police. With this information, HM Coastguard stood the Brigade down and also the cancelled the launch of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat which had been about to enter the sea.

115/10 - 22nd November 21.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain and informed him that Rescue Helicopter 128 was now on its way back from Birmingham and was due to land at the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site at 22.20h. Nine Brigade members, supported by five officers from Northumbria Police, secured the site and the helicopter landed at just after 22.35h. Due to the extremely boggy conditions on site, Brigade members carefully carried the incubator across the landing site and to an awaiting ambulance. From here the casualty, a one-day old baby, was transferred into the Freeman Hospital and the Helicopter returned to its base.

114/10 - 22nd November 14.59h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 128 from RAF Leconfield was due to land at 15.40h. The site was cleared and manned by five Brigade members and the Helicopter landed on time. Once on the ground, a 3-man medical team and an incubator were transferred onto the Helicopter before it then took off again on route to collect a seriously-ill baby from the Birmingham area.

113/10 - 21st November 14.04h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a Kite Surfer possibly in difficulty near St. Mary's Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with the first informant who explained that he had last seen the Kite Surfer heading towards land between the North Tyne Pier and Marconi Point, Cullercoats. Brigade members then carried out a quick search of that area and positively identified the Kite Surfer playing in the waves off Tynemouth Longsands and requiring no further assistance. This information was passed on to HM Coastguard and the Brigade returned to station.

112/10 - 20th November 05.23h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to a report of a woman standing on the wrong side of the railings on the Redheugh Bridge. Four Brigade members attended the scene along with Police Officers, paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service's Hazardous Area Response Team, officers from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire and Rescue Service Rescue Boat. Shortly after 06.00h the woman was assisted back over the railings by a number of Firemen and she was then handed into the care of the ambulance service.

111/10 - 13th November 15.05h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting two persons on the wrong side of the sea wall North of Cullercoats Bay. After a thorough investigation of the area, Brigade members located a group of teenagers who were confirmed as the persons the 999 caller had witnessed but they required no assistance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

110/10 - 31st October 05.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after they received a report from the family of a 26 year-old male who had told them that he was intending to commit suicide in the Whitley Bay area. A further call was then held between the gentleman involved and a Police Officer in which the sound of crashing waves could be heard. As a Brigade Captain took a full brief on the incident from a Police Officer, it was confirmed that the gentleman had been located safe and well in the Monkseaton area and all units were stood down.

109/10 - 30th October 11.28h 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 at 12.30h with a gentleman airlifted off an oil-rig 150 miles East of the River Clyde. The Helicopter landed at just before 1pm and the gentleman, who had a problematic spleen, was able to walk to an awaiting hospital before undergoing further assessment and treatment. Four offices of Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

108/10 - 24th October 13.39h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Tynemouth RNLI Lifeguards in recovering a vehicle which had become stuck in the rising tide. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the Lifeguards confirmed that the vehicle had been recovered by a local business owner using his 4x4.

107/10 - 19th October 17.12h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving multiple 999 calls reporting a yellow Personal Water Craft (PWC) being swept onto the rocks at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth, with conflicting reports as to whether the person onboard the craft remained in the sea. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene to find that, thankfully, the man on the PWC had reached the shore and did not require any medical assistance. It soon became clear that the man had been playing in the surf on the craft along with two of his friends who had been on another PWC which they had abandoned on the shoreline at Longsands as they had gone to check on the welfare of their friend.
With everyone safe, the Lifeboat returned to station and Brigade members assisted the men in recovering the PWC which had been landed on the beach onto a trailer which was then towed by the Brigade Land Rover off the Beach to safety. With the tide dropping, Two Brigade members walked round with the men to the second craft, which had become stuck on rocks, and managed to float it back out to sea and round onto Longsands Beach. Here, it was once again placed onto a trailer and towed off the beach by the Brigade Land Rover.
Once all craft were recovered, Brigade members then issued the men with suitable safety advice as surf conditions were really too dangerous for playing in and the men can count themselves very fortunate to have escaped the incident without major injury and with both PWC's in 'reasonable' condition.

106/10 - 18th October 20.21h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a fishing vessel sailing back to the River Tyne reported that a green laser pen was been aimed towards their Wheelhouse as they sailed past St. Mary's Island. The vessel reported that this had also happened yesterday and they believed that the persons with the laser pen were attempting to harm the crew of the vessel with potentially serious consequences. Brigade members arrived on scene along with officers from Northumbria Police but unfortunately the persons believed to be shining the pen had just left the area in a vehicle. At this point the Brigade was stood down and Northumbria Police continue to investigate the matter.

105/10 - 7th October 14.06h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a man who had become cut off by the tide at St. Mary's Island along with his wife and his elderly mother-in-law. After considering all options, and the fact that the tide would not allow the group to return to the mainland till around 19.00h, it was decided to launch the Lifeboat to bring them back to safety. Due to the local sea conditions the Lifeboat brought the group back to their Lifeboat Station in Cullercoats where they were met by Brigade members and given a lift back to their car which was parked opposite the Island. The group were a little shaken, but none the worse, following their eventful afternoon.

104/10 - 1st October 03.26h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports that a young drunken male had entered the water at Whitley Bay, opposite 'Deep' Nightclub. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and spoke with Police Officers who confirmed that the gentleman had been recovered safe and well from the water and was now receiving a quick medical assessment in an Ambulance. At this point the Brigade and the Lifeboat were allowed to stand down and return to station.

103/10 - 24th September 06.28h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a resident of the flats at Dolphin Quays, North Shields, reporting that a man had just been recovered from the River Tyne and required urgent assistance. Brigade members arrived on scene along with paramedics and found that the man had spent approximately 10 minutes in the River and was now conscious but showing signs of severe hypothermia. The casualty was quickly transferred to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment. Brigade members then assisted officers from Northumbria Police in retrieving a few of the man's belongings from the River bank before returning to station.

102/10 - 22nd September 15.16h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to observe a 12ft white speedboat that had broken down ½ a mile off Cullercoats Bay and was being towed ashore by a passing RIB. The speedboat was brought ashore without incident and the skipper of the vessel was issued with suitable safety advice by Brigade members.

101/10 - 19th September 19.05h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain and asked him if the Brigade was willing to assist the owner of a Nissan Terrano that had become stuck in the sand at Cullercoats Bay. The Brigade Land Rover was taken to the scene and was able to quickly pull the 4x4 clear of the sand and to safety. The owner of the vehicle was then issued with advice as to the best way to drive a 4x4 on sand.

100/10 - 19th September 14.24h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to observe a broken-down green and yellow personal water craft approximately half-a-mile off Tynemouth Longsands beach. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched and quickly towed the craft back to Cullercoats Bay where it was met by Brigade members who issued the owner of the craft with suitable safety advice. The owner took onboard these comments and stated that he had broken down while en-route to pick up his brother and sister who had just completed the Great North Run and was now unsure how they would get back across the River!

099/10 - 18th September 07.22h 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 due to land shortly after 08.00h with an injured fisherman from the Seaham area. The Helicopter landed without incident and the casualty, who had been found suffering from back injuries on rocks where he was believed to have fallen at some point during the night, was transferred to an awaiting ambulance and taken to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

098/10 - 13th September 21.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a man threatening to jump into the River Tyne, near Royal Quays Marina, in an effort to recover his Hi-Vis Jacket that had fallen into the River. The man had initially called the Coastguard and demanded that a Lifeboat be launched to recover his jacket, a request which the Coastguard naturally refused as no lives were in danger. He then threatened to enter the River himself and it was at this point that the Brigade and officers from Northumbria Police were sent to further investigate.
The gentleman, who was fishing with friends, was located by a Police Officer and given strict safety advice about the consequences of improper use of the 999 service. Thankfully, a passing Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter retrieved the man's jacket and this quickly calmed him down.
At this point the Brigade and the Police Officers returned to station. South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were also in attendance at this incident and were able to guide the Brigade onto the man's position from a vantage point on the South side of the River.

097/10 - 12th September 13.40h IRT

While on a coastal patrol, Brigade members were alerted to a tractor that had broken down below the tide line on Tynemouth Haven beach and was in need of a tow. Brigade members quickly attached the necessary ropes and pulled the tractor to the safety of the road and saved it from a watery grave. The remainder of the patrol passed off without incident.

096/10 - 9th September 19.15h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain and requested assistance in assisting two elderly women from the cottage at St. Mary's Island. The women had become cut off by the tide some hours before and had been kindly looked after by the owners of the cottage. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was sent to the scene at approximately 17.00h and confirmed that the women did not require immediate recovery and it was decided that the best means of taking them off the Island was via the Brigade Land Rover once the tide had dropped. The two women, one of whom was 94, were carefully transported back to their car and the Brigade returned to station.

095/10 - 1st September 19.53h IRT

While carrying out their monthly training exercise, HM Coastguard paged Brigade members after receiving a 999 call from a 10 year-old girl reporting a group of teenagers in imminent danger of being cut off by the tide on the North side of Sharpness Point near the old outdoor swimming Pool. Brigade members arrived on scene to find a group of eight 14 year-olds, all local to the area, quietly minding their own business as one of them played his guitar to the rest of the group, unaware of the incoming tide. They fully co-operated with Brigade members and safely made their way off the rocks before being issued with suitable safety advice.
A special note of thanks should be offered to the quick thinking first informant who knew exactly which emergency service to ask for and acted outstandingly for her young age.

094/10 - 29th August 20.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who were responding to reports of a drunken male on Tynemouth Longsands Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that paramedics had spoken with the man, who was in a particularly inebriated state, but he had refused their assistance and had since staggered from the scene. With this information in mind, HM Coastguard gave permission for the Brigade to stand down.

093/10 - 27th August 13.39h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from the RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Tynemouth Longsands that they were searching for a missing child. As Brigade members made their way towards the Beach, the Lifeguards confirmed that the child had been found safe and well and all units were allowed to stand down.

092/10 - 23rd August 10.28h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a fishing vessel aground at Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene to find the 20ft Fishing Vessel 'Scout' hard aground and listing to starboard. The vessel had become stuck at around 08.30h but had chosen not to inform HM Coastguard. With low tide occurring at 10am, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched at around 11am to assist the vessel as it began to refloat. Once refloated, the skipper of the vessel confirmed that the boat remained watertight but he requested a tow by the Lifeboat back to his home port of North Shields due to a damaged propeller. The Lifeboat quickly took the vessel in tow and returned her to her moorings just after midday.

091/10 - 21st August 20.56h IRT

Later that evening, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had received a call reporting three people cut off by the tide opposite the High Point Hotel, Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and identified three fishermen who were fishing at the very end of the old sewage pipe that runs approximately 150 metres out from the main land. With the tide just beginning to rise, local Police Officers decided that they wished for the fishermen to return to the mainland and so the Brigade Land Rover was brought to the scene with the intention of using its PA system to communicate with the men. Just as the Land Rover arrived, the fishermen decided to come back to the main land where they were met by a Police Officer and issued with suitable safety advice.

090/10 - 21st August 16.10h IRT

While on a local area patrol, Brigade members were contacted by the local RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor who asked if they could assist the owners of a large trailer that had become stuck in the sand at Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. The trailer had a large generator on it which was to be used that night to power a large screen showing the film 'Jaws' as part of the Whitley Bay Film Festival.
After Brigade members evaluated the situation, further Brigade members were asked to assist due to the extremely heavy nature of the trailer. After a few failed attempts, the trailer was eventually towed out of the sand and placed in a more sensible position on the promenade. Suitable safety advice was then issued to the owners of the trailer.

089/10 - 14th August 17.50h IRT

While observing the yacht at Spanish Battery, HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade proceed immediately to Whitley Bay Beach where they had received a report from Northumbria Police that a drunken male had reported a woman in the water. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with local RNLI Beach Lifeguards who confirmed that they had carried out a thorough search of the area and found no one in trouble, and that the male who had made the original report had now left the area with Police Officers. With this information HM Coastguard gave the Brigade permission to return to Tynemouth to watch the stricken yacht.

088/10 - 14th August 16.54h IRT

While on a local area patrol at Cullercoats Bay, HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade proceed to Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, and attempt to identify a yacht off Souter Lighthouse that had requested assistance. The yacht had left Sunderland harbour a short while earlier and had immediately lost engine power but, rather than turn around, had decided to continue on her passage to Tynemouth which meant going against the wind and would therefore take around 2 hours to complete.
As the yacht was still making progress, albeit slowly, HM Coastguard decided not to immediately launch Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat and instead requested that the Brigade look to see if any other vessels were in the area that could help tow the yacht closer to Tynemouth with the plan to launch the Lifeboat once it was a short distance from the Tyne Piers. After a thorough search of the area Brigade members were only able to identify the DFDS North Sea Ferry 'King of Scandinavia', which had just left the Tyne on its passage to Holland, and it was decided not to ask the Ferry to help a small 27 foot yacht! At around 17.45h, the Lifeboat launched and towed the vessel to Royal Quays Marina where it could undergo engine repairs.

087/10 - 12th August 17.42h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a woman stood in the car park opposite the Briar Dene Pub, Whitley Bay, reporting what she thought was a boat overturned and two people in the water next to it. Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that the overturned boat was in fact a small fishing boat that is regularly moored at the spot and the two people in the water were in fact lobster pot markers. After a quick sweep of the area by the Lifeboat and local RNLI Lifeguards found nothing untoward, HM Coastguard confirmed that all units could return to base.

086/10 - 8th August 18.15h IRT

Shortly after completing the patrol, HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain and asked him to proceed to Sharpness Point, Tynemouth, where a 999 call had been made reporting 2 surfers in difficulty approximately 200 yards offshore. The surfers appeared to be waving for help and kept falling off their surfboards. The Brigade Captain radioed the local RNLI Beach Lifeguards, who were just about to finish for the day, and asked that they launch their Personal Water Craft to investigate. This was done and it was found that the men were in fact fishing off their surfboards and, firstly kept waving at each other as they kept catching fish and, secondly kept climbing off their surf boards to dive down to recover their fish - an unusual but seemingly effective way of fishing. They were issued with suitable safety advice about the effects of being seen to franticly wave while close inshore and were allowed to continue on their way.

085/10 - 8th August 15.45h IRT

A short while later, RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Whitley Bay asked Brigade members to assist with caring for a 61 year-old woman who had fallen near the Rendezvous Café, Whitley Bay. Brigade members assisted the Lifeguards until an ambulance arrived on scene and took the lady to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

084/10 - 8th August 15.26h IRT

While on a local area patrol, Brigade members were asked by HM Coastguard to proceed to Browns Bay where a 999 call had been made reporting two divers requiring immediate assistance roughly 20 metres from the shore. Brigade members arrived on scene within 90 seconds of the call and found that both divers had managed to return to the shore and did not require any further assistance. It later transpired that the divers were Father and Son and the Father had shouted for help after struggling to swim ashore but had eventually been aided by his son. RNLI Beach Lifeguards were also in attendance at this incident and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was paged to attend but was stood down before launching.

083/10 - 6th August 21.00h IRT

On completing the exercise at Seaton Sluice, a Brigade member raised concern for the safety of a young woman who he had seen entering the water at the South end of Blyth Beach and he could now no longer see. Brigade members carried out a quick search of the area and found a pair of trainers very close to the water's edge and footprints leading into the Sea. The shoes had been left on a sandbank which was rapidly becoming covered by the incoming tide and were therefore moved to higher ground to prevent them being washed away.
HM Coastguard was informed of the situation and Brigade members carried out a rapid search of the Beach to see if the owners of the shoes could be found. After 20 minutes, a woman was found who confirmed that she was the owner of the shoes and she had left them on the sand as she had gone for a run along the Beach. The young woman was issued with suitable safety advice about the sensibility of leaving unattended shoes at the water's edge before being reunited with her trainers and allowed to continue on her way.


082/10 - 6th August 20.10h IRT

Just after commencing a mock search of the dunes at Seaton Sluice, Brigade members were informed by HM Coastguard that they had received multiple 999 calls reporting that the fisherman on the pipe at Browns Bay was now in danger of being cut off by the rapidly incoming tide. Brigade members returned to the scene and found that the man was still not in any immediate danger but, as he was now the cause of 999 calls and was clearly causing great concern for a number of people, decided to use the Land Rover's PA System to ask him to return to the shore. After a short while the fisherman came off the sewage pipe and was spoken to by Brigade members where he apologised for causing concern but explained that he had fished on the pipe for over 40 years without incident. The gentleman was thanked for his co-operation and the calls were put down as false alarms with good intent.

081/10 - 6th August 19.40h IRT

As Brigade members made their way in the Brigade Land Rover to Seaton Sluice to carry out a monthly training exercise they were flagged down by a motorist opposite the High Point Hotel, just north of Browns Bay. The motorist reported that he had seen a man standing on the old sewage pipe for over 45 minutes and he was concerned for his safety. The sewage pipe runs approximately 150 metres out from the main land and is slightly higher than the surrounding rocks and is therefore the last surface to disappear under an incoming tide.
Using binoculars, Brigade members were able to confirm that the man was fishing and did not appear to require any assistance. HM Coastguard was informed and Brigade members continued on their way to Seaton Sluice.

080/10 - 6th August 13.19h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a teenager in a wet suit possibly waving for assistance on the seaward side of St. Mary's Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out an extensive search of the Island with assistance from the Lifeboat crew and also local RNLI Beach Lifeguards. After 45 minutes, and with no one found and no one reported missing, it was decided that the call was most probably a false alarm with good intent and all rescue units were stood down.

079/10 - 4th August 02.53h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the High Level Bridge in Newcastle, where the Police and Fire Brigade had reported that a woman was stood on the wrong side of the railings and was threatening to jump. Brigade members arrived on scene and waited with the other emergency services while a Police negotiator spoke with the woman. Shortly after 03.45h, the woman climbed back over the railings and was taken into the care of the North East Ambulance Service.

078/10 - 3rd August 20.03h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade asking if Brigade members would be willing to assist the owner of a 4x4 that had become stuck in the sea at Cullercoats Bay while trying to recover his boat. Brigade members arrived on scene and realised that the vehicle was the same one that had become stuck in the sand at Tynemouth Haven 8 days ago. With the tide rapidly rising, the Brigade Land Rover was used to pull the 4x4 out of the sea and to the safety of the South Ramp. Once this was done, strict safety advice was issued to the owner of the vehicle and it is hoped that he will have paid better attention this time.

077/10 - 26th July 19.30h IRT

Shortly after completing the exercise and returning to station, Two Brigade Captains were asked by a member of the public to assist the owner of a 4x4 that had become stuck in the sand at Tynemouth Haven. HM Coastguard was informed and the Brigade Land Rover was used to quickly recover the vehicle to the safety of the road.

076/10 - 26th July 15.59h IRT

While carrying out a Rope Rescue Exercise at Tynemouth Priory, HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to investigate a report of three swimmers possibly in difficulty off the North end of Tynemouth Longsands Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene at the same time as Northumbria Police Boat 'Sabre' who spoke with the swimmers and discovered that they were in fact RNLI Beach Lifeguards carrying out a training swim and requiring no assistance. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the Brigade returned to their training exercise.

075/10 - 24th July 18.34h IRT

Later that afternoon, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade following a 999 call from a woman who said she was between Tynemouth Priory and King Edward's Bay and thought she could see a boat that had broken down. Brigade members arrived on scene and found two boats, both of which required no assistance, but were unable to make contact with the first informant. After HM Coastguard was unable to re-establish contact with the first informant and with no sign of any vessels in trouble, the Brigade was stood down.

074/10 - 24th July 16.10h IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade observe Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat tow back the 25ft fishing vessel 'Ben' that had broken down a short distance off Marsden. The vessel was brought into Royal Quays Marina where Brigade members met with the crew and issued suitable safety advice.

073/10 - 23rd July 20.47h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade following a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports that a person had fallen into the River Tyne near St. Peter's Marina. Once Brigade members arrived on scene they were informed by officers from Northumbria Police that a male teenager had been seen to climb out of the River but, as police officers approached to confirm that he did not require any medical attention, he had then ran away from them along with a number of other teenagers. Despite an intensive search of the surrounding area, the individual could not be found and so HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade stand down and the incident was left in the hands of Northumbria Police.

072/10 - 16th July 18.24h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with three men who had been involved in an incident near the entrance to Sunderland Harbour. All three men were transferred to an awaiting ambulance and taken to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

071/10 - 12th July 19.36h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who were responding to reports that a man had fallen from rocks in the Whitley Bay area. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the casualty, a 27 year-old male, had fallen from rocks into the sea just to the North of Browns Bay, and had been recovered to the rocks by a group of divers who just happened to be returning to shore when the incident had began. Paramedics cared for the casualty, who had suffered suspected spinal injuries and Brigade members requested the assistance of RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer. An orange smoke flare was deployed by Brigade members as the Helicopter approached and it arrived on scene shortly after 20.00h. The casualty was then carefully placed in a stretcher before being winched aboard the Helicopter.
He was then flown to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing site, which was manned by Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, before being transferred to an awaiting ambulance and taken to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

070/10 - 11th July 23.42h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police in locating a male, thought to be suffering from severe depression, somewhere in the Tynemouth area. The Brigades Backup Response Team was called out but, as team members arrived at the South end of Tynemouth Longsands, it became apparent that the gentleman had been located by the Police stood up to his waist in the sea. After a short negotiation the man was convinced to come out of the sea and was taken to an awaiting ambulance by Police Officers. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also in attendance at this incident.

069/10 - 10th July 03.22h IRT

While carrying out a local area patrol, Brigade members were flagged down by a member of the public who informed them that a gentleman was lying on the pavement having a panic attack. Brigade members cared for the gentleman until he had calmed down and it was decided that he did not require medical attention and he left to continue his day. HM Coastguard was kept fully informed during the duration of this incident.

068/10 - 6th July 03.22h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade asking if members would be willing to assist the owner of a Nissan Micra that had become stuck in the sand in the middle of Cullercoats Bay. Three Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly recovered the car to the safety of the South ramp. Following this, the four occupants of the car were issued with strict safety advice and Brigade members returned to bed.

067/10 - 3rd July 21.40h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to investigate an object reported floating off Whitley Bay. Four Brigade members made their way to the scene to find a small boat tied to a mooring and, as no persons were reported missing or appeared to be in danger, the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

066/10 - 3rd July 17.00h IRT

As the previous incident drew to a close, HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with a cyclist who had suffered suspected serious spinal injuries in the Cheviots. For the second time in a day, the Helicopter landed without incident and the gentleman was transferred to an awaiting ambulance.

065/10 - 3rd July 16.40h IRT

Later on in the patrol, Brigade members were asked by RNLI Lifeguards to assist in their attempts to rescue five youths who had been cut off by the tide on South Crab Hill, South of Cullercoats Bay. The Lifeguards rescued the youths one by one using their personal water craft and the Brigade met each as they arrived back on shore to issue them with a blanket and some stern safety advice. HM Coastguard was kept fully aware during the duration of this incident.

064/10 - 3rd July 13.30h IRT

Following the previous callout, Brigade members carried out a Coastal Patrol and were soon asked by HM Coastguard to investigate a report received via a 999 call that a fishing vessel was flashing a light towards the shore off Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members investigated and decided that the 'light' was simply the sun reflecting off the vessel. This call was then put down as a false alarm with good intent.

063/10 - 3rd July 11.52h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 128 from RAF Leconfield was inbound with a gentleman taken ill on a cruise ship in the North Sea. The Helicopter landed without incident and the gentleman was safely transferred to an awaiting ambulance.

062/10 - 1st July 19.15h IRT

A Brigade member was contacted by North Tyneside Council with a request for assistance as one of their vehicles had broken down on Tynemouth Longsands. HM Coastguard was informed and the Brigade quickly arrived on the beach and towed the vehicle away from the rising tide and to a safe location.

061/10 - 30th June 21.00h IRT

Whilst carrying out a Rope Rescue Exercise during our weekly training night, the Brigade was requested by HM Coastguard to investigate a report of a suspicious wooden boat off St. Mary's Island. The Brigades Land Rover was despatched to the scene and rendezvoused with the first informant who described a small wooden boat in the distance which appeared to have no one aboard. Local conditions were foggy and so Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested to further investigate. As HM Coastguard prepared to investigate the vessel, two Brigade members, who had carried out a patrol earlier that day, remembered that they had also seen the vessel at anchor in the same point as it had now been sighted. With this new information, and with confirmation from members of the public that it had been there for some time, HM Coastguard decided not to launch the lifeboat and requested that the Brigade return to station.

060/10 - 30th June 12.52h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Cullercoats RNLI Beach Lifeguards that a person was stuck on the south side of Cullercoats Bay. As Brigade members arrived on scene, it was found that the person had managed to climb down from the cliff and the team was stood down.

059/10 - 27th June 08.49h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to support Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat which was towing a 25 foot fishing boat to Royal Quays Marina. The vessel was successfully towed to the marina where details were obtained and, pleasantly, only limited safety advice was required as the crew were all wearing life jackets and had other safety equipment onboard.

058/10 - 23rd June 20.31h IRT + BRT

While making his way to the Brigade Watch House for the weekly training night, the Brigade Secretary noticed a group of 8 youths climbing approximately 40 foot up the Northern side of Tynemouth Priory, (the South side of King Edward's Bay), and in a position of great danger. He then spoke with a Brigade Captain, who was conducting a Breeches Buoy Exercise, who then informed HM Coastguard of the incident and dispatched the Brigade Land Rover to investigate. Once on scene, Brigade members made their way into the Priory and told the group of youths to remain where they were while the Brigades Rope Rescue Equipment was prepared - three of the group who had climbed only part way up the cliff then decided to climb down the cliff and onto the beach below where they were met by a Brigade member.
At this point the Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and, due to the large number of people who would require rescuing, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were requested to assist. As Brigade members prepared their equipment, the group of youths went against the advice of Brigade members and continued to climb up the cliff until they came to the wall that surrounds the Priory. The Brigade then deployed their Rope Ladder and all five youths climbed into the Priory before being issued with suitable safety advice and escorted out of the Priory grounds.

Climbing on the cliffs that surround Tynemouth Priory is an extremely dangerous thing to do and the youths involved were extremely fortunate to have avoided serious injury.

057/10 - 21st June 01.00h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police in locating a missing person thought to be on the North Tyne Pier. As Brigade members made their way to the scene they noticed a large Police presence at King Edward's Bay. Upon investigation they discovered that the missing man had been found safe and well by Police Officers at the Bay and the Brigade was allowed to stand down. Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat was also paged to assist with the search.

056/10 - 20th June 15.45h IRT

Later on in the patrol, Brigade members were asked to assist RNLI Lifeguards on King Edward's Bay Beach who had lost sight of a body boarder at the North end of their Beach and were concerned for his safety. Brigade members carried out a quick search of the area and spotted what was thought to be the missing person approximately ½ a mile off Tynemouth Longsands. The Lifeguards Personal Water Craft was dispatched to check on the safety of the man, who was a fair distance offshore for a body boarder, and he confirmed that he had come round from King Edward's Bay and did not require any further assistance.

055/10 - 20th June 13.48h IRT

While on a coastal patrol in Seaton Sluice, Brigade members were flagged down by members of the public who were assisting a man who was lying on the pavement in the recovery position. After a quick investigation they discovered that the man had a history of epileptic fits and panic attacks and feared that he was about to suffer an attack - members of the public had already requested an Ambulance. HM Coastguard was informed and Brigade members monitored the casualty until the Ambulance arrived and carried out further tests on the gentleman. After a short while it was decided that the man did not require hospital treatment and the Brigade resumed their patrol.

054/10 - 20th June 09.48h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from RNLI Lifeguards at Whitley Bay that a man had fallen into the sea at the South end of the Beach and was in urgent need of assistance. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the man had fallen off steps at the bottom of a 15-foot sea-wall and had then been dragged North by the sea and was now clinging to the side of a 30-foot sea wall. Sea conditions at the time were atrocious and meant that when the Lifeboat arrived on scene they were initially unable to reach the casualty and so RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was requested to attend with an initial eta of 20 minutes. An RNLI Lifeguard entered the water in an attempt to reach the man but was immediately swept North and ended up on Whitley Bay Beach safe and well.
With the Lifeguard in the sea, the Lifeboat decided to make an attempt to reach the man by dropping anchor and veering down on the casualty - an extremely complex and hazardous process attempted only due to the severity of the situation.
Meanwhile, Brigade members and RNLI Lifeguards managed to get a line down the sea wall and to the casualty. Over a period of 10 minutes the casualty slowly moved his way along the sea wall towards a set of steps - the whole time being buffeted by large waves. Eventually, with the help of Northumbria Police Officers and Lifeguards, the casualty was recovered up the steps and onto the safety of the lower prom. Here he was attended to by Paramedics where he was found to have suffered mild hypothermia and numerous cuts and bruises. He was then taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment. Once the casualty was out of the water the Lifeboat, which had come to within 15 foot of the casualty, navigated its way out of the surf and returned to station - the Rescue Helicopter was also stood down.

The casualty, a 20 year-old male who was part of a group of 9 men from the Rotherham area visiting Whitley Bay as part of a Birthday weekend, was washed off a set of steps which were being covered by the waves and we would encourage all visitors to the Coast to be extremly vigilant when near the Sea, particuarly in rough conditions.

053/10 - 19th June 18.27h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call raising concerns over the safety of a 30 foot powerboat that had just left the River Tyne heading North in rough sea conditions. A Brigade Captain was able to observe the vessel from his house and quickly noticed that it appeared to be having difficulty in heading North - thankfully, the vessel then turned around and made it safely back into the River Tyne. HM Coastguard then stood the Brigade down and turned their attention to making contact with the Skipper of the vessel to pass on some advice in relation to checking sea conditions prior to launching.

052/10 - 15th June 16.45h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to assist the owner of a 4x4 that had become partially submerged in the sea at Cullercoats Bay. Two Brigade Captain's attended the scene with the Brigade Land Rover and quickly decided that they would be unable to recover the vehicle and so requested the assistance of the senior helmsman at Cullercoats RNLI who arrived on his personal tractor. After a few minutes the vehicle was recovered to the sand where it was found that the engine still worked but was in a rather unhealthy state and so was towed to the top of the South Bank to await recovery.
The gentlemen involved were issued with suitable safety advice and had at least had a successful fishing trip.

051/10 - 11th June 08.20h IRT + BRT

While attending the previous callout, Brigade member were informed by officers from Northumbria Police that a man had been reported missing from the North Tyne Pier earlier that morning. The gentleman had been illegally fishing with his friend on the Pier, which was closed at the time, and his friend had fallen asleep at around 2am and woken up at 3am to find that the man had disappeared but his fishing gear remained on the pier - raising grave concerns that the gentleman had fallen in the River.

HM Coastguard was informed of the incident and the Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out to assist. A major land and sea search was instigated also involving South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade, Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team, RNLI Beach Lifeguards on North Tyneside and South Shields beaches, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats, Northumbria Police Helicopter India 99, Northumbria Police Marine Unit and numerous land-based officers.

Just before 11am, the Police confirmed that the gentleman had been found safe and well at his mother's house - and so the search, which involved well over 60 rescuers (half of which were volunteers), was stood down.

050/10 - 11th June 08.01h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a body being spotted floating face down just off Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the gentleman had been recovered to the shore and transferred to an awaiting ambulance by paramedics and officers from Northumbria Police. Despite the initial report, it was found that the gentleman was breathing and conscious and he was taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also in attendance at this incident.

049/10 - 5th June 17.40h IRT

While on a coastal patrol, HM Coastguard informed the Brigade that they had overheard a man asking for help on VHF Channel 16 as his vessel was in difficulty. Despite numerous attempts to establish communications with the man, nothing further was heard and so the Coastguard became suspicious that the call was similar to that of the previous evening which turned out to be a malicious hoax.
Working on a safety first approach, Brigade members conducted a thorough search of the area between St. Mary's Island and Royal Quay's Marina where it was thought the broadcast had been made from. Coastguard officers listened back to the recording they had just received and the one from the previous night and concluded that it was almost certainly made by the same person. As Brigade members had found nothing to report it was concluded that today's call had once again been a malicious hoax and investigations are taking place in an attempt to identify the hoaxer.

048/10 - 4th June 20.40h IRT

During the Brigade's monthly training exercise, HM Coastguard paged the team with a request to carry out a search between Royal Quay's Marina and St. Mary's Island after they had overheard a man asking for help on VHF Channel 16 as his vessel was in difficulty somewhere within that area. Despite numerous attempts to establish communications with the man, nothing further was heard and a detailed search of the area found no vessel's in difficulty. After approximately an hour, and with no person or vessel reported as missing, it was decided that the call was a malicious hoax and the Brigade was allowed to stand down.

047/10 - 4th June 11.40h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from a gentleman raising concern over an empty trailer he had been observing at Tynemouth Haven Beach. He explained that when he had last seen the vessel he had grave concerns over its sea-worthiness and had not seen it since it launched off its trailer on Wednesday evening. A Brigade member investigated the trailer and was unable to find any marks or registration information that may have led to identifying the owner. Furthermore, there were no cars parked near the trailer and the North Tyne Pier Watchman, who is based near the Haven during the day, reported that he had no information as to who the trailer may belong to. After further discussions with HM Coastguard, and as no vessel and no person had been reported missing, it was agreed to stand the Brigade down.

046/10 - 3rd June 16.35h IRT

Later that afternoon, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a small red vessel that may be in difficulty near St. Mary's Island. The 999 caller was concerned that the vessel was drifting and may require assistance. As Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with the first informant, Cullercoats Lifeboat identified a number of canoeists who matched the description but who required no assistance. The first informant confirmed that the vessels he had seen were the canoeists and he was thanked for his vigilance. With this information the Brigade and Lifeboat were allowed to return to station.

045/10 - 3rd June 14.55h IRT + BRT

While two Brigade members attended a mock exercise highlighting the arrival of the RNLI Lifeguard Service on the beaches of North Tyneside taking place at Tynemouth Longsands, they were asked by the Beach Lifeguards to assist in their search for a missing 6 year-old girl who had gone missing a short while earlier. HM Coastguard was informed of the incident and as add the incident developed the Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out to assist in the search for the missing girl. At approximately 15.15h the missing child was located by members of the public and reunited safe and well with her guardian. Officers from Northumbria Police, Cullercoats and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboats and the RNLI Beach Lifeguards were all involved in this callout.

044/10 - 26th May 11.18h IRT

Later that morning, HM Coastguard again paged the Brigade with a request to assist the driver of a car that had become stuck in the sand at Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and used the Brigade Land Rover to the tow the stricken vehicle to safety. The driver was then issued with clear and strict safety advice.

043/10 - 26th May 09.55h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting that a large bulk carrier may have possibly come ashore at Tynemouth Longsands Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene within minutes of the page and confirmed that, while the vessel was anchored closer to the shore than normal, it was certainly not grounded and did not require any assistance. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the Brigade stood down and returned to station.

042/10 - 25th May 07.17h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, along with South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade, after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police in searching for a missing 17 year-old who was thought to be either in North or South Shields, close to the River Tyne, and whose safety they were extremely concerned for. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and a total of ten Brigade members carried out a search between the Pedestrian Tyne Tunnel and the mouth of the River Tyne. After approximately one hour, the casualty was located by members of South Shields VLB safe and well and all units were stood down. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also involved in the search.

041/10 - 23rd May 20.42h 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 middle-aged male who had suffered serious spinal injuries due to a paragliding accident. The Helicopter landed without incident and the casualty was transferred to an awaiting ambulance before being taken to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

040/10 - 22nd May 20.26h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting two males cut off by the tide at the South end of Cullercoats Bay on an area of rocks known as South Crab Hill. Brigade members arrived on scene within 90 seconds of the page, along with numerous officers from Northumbria Police, and quickly decided that the best means of rescue would be via Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat who were requested to launch via HM Coastguard. As the Lifeboat launched, two personal water craft's made their way to the rocks and took the men back to Cullercoats Bay. Here they were met by Brigade members and Police Officers and issued with suitable safety advice. Police Helicopter India 99 was also in attendance at this incident.

039/10 - 17th May 00.18h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to a report of a woman missing near Cullercoats Bay. As both teams prepared to respond to the incident, the Police informed HM Coastguard that the woman had been found and all units were stood down.

038/10 - 15th May 16.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a gentleman who was on a small speedboat with his two young children which had broken down on the River Tyne near the Queen Elizabeth Bridge. HM Coastguard contacted the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and asked if their Rescue Boat could attend, which they agreed to, but also asked if the Brigade would attend to monitor the situation. Three Brigade members made their way to the Brigade Land Rover in Tynemouth while a Brigade Captain, who was at work in Gateshead, went directly to the scene. The Captain kept HM Coastguard informed as the Rescue Boat arrived on scene and set up a tow to take the speedboat back to its berth in Newburn. With this complete the Three team members in Tynemouth were stood down.

037/10 - 7th May 20.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist in an ongoing search for a possible vessel in distress in the Mouth of the River Tyne. A short while earlier they had overhead the word 'Mayday' be spoken on VHF Radio and had traced the signal to somewhere near the Mouth of the River Tyne. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched and Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat, which was on a training exercise, was diverted to assist in the search. At 20.30h, and after an extensive search of the area with nothing found, HM Coastguard concluded that the call had in fact been a malicious hoax and all rescue units were stood down.

036/10 - 7th May 04.39h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service who reported that a man was standing on the wrong side of the railings on the Redheugh Bridge. Two Brigade members made their way to the Bridge from Tynemouth and arrived on scene just as the gentleman decided to climb back over the railings and he was then taken into custody by Northumbria Police. The Rescue boat from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and paramedics from North East Ambulance Service HART were also in attendance at this incident.

035/10 - 26th April 18.52h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who had received a 999 call stating that a young male had fallen 40 foot on to rocks in the Whitley Bay area. Brigade members arrived on scene within minutes of the page and found that the teenager had in fact fallen approximately 15 foot onto rocks opposite the Rex Hotel sustaining suspected spinal and leg injuries. While the paramedics cared for the casualty, Brigade members made ready their spinal and basket stretchers. A short while later the casualty was carefully moved onto the spinal board and then into the basket stretcher before being carried to the nearest area of sand approximately 80 metres away. This was a particularly difficult process as it involved climbing across slippy rocks and therefore was taken at a slow place. Once on the sand the stretcher was then placed in the back of the Brigade Land Rover which transported him to an awaiting ambulance at Watts Slope which then took him to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Paramedics from the newly formed North East Ambulance Service HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) attended this callout and, at the conclusion of the incident, team members from both organisations returned to the Brigade's Watch House and spent several hours looking at each other's equipment and capabilities as this was the first time that the Brigade and HART had worked together.

034/10 - 19th April 17.55h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboats after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police in locating a missing 14 year-old girl. The teenager had last been seen at 11am at a location near the Coast and the Police were extremely concerned for her safety as she had a history of attempting suicide. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and a total of 19 Brigade members assisted by 3 crewmembers from Cullercoats RNLI carried out a detailed land search between Seaton Sluice and North Shields Fish Quay. A Brigade Captain assisted in the co-ordination of the search operation from Whitley Bay Police Station while a Brigade Captain and Section Leader ran the Brigade members from the Brigade Land Rover.

Shortly after 20.05h, as the Brigade Land Rover collected three team members from the North end of Seaton Sluice, the Brigade Captain identified a person who met the description of the missing person - when the person failed to respond to requests for her to stop and speak with Brigade members, it was decided that she was most probably the teenager the Brigade had been searching for and assistance was requested. At this point, the young lady left the main road and walked at high speed along the Seaton Burn on the pathway which would eventually bring her out onto the Beehive Road. A Brigade Section Leader and two Brigade members followed the woman while communicating with the Brigade Captain stationed at Whitley Bay Police Station who urgently arranged for Police Officers to be sent to the area. After approximately 10 minutes, in which Brigade members had kept in contact with the teenager but had failed to persuade her to stop, a Police Officer riding a mountain bike arrived on scene and, assisted by Brigade members, asked the casualty to stand still - she did not resist. She was then led to an awaiting Police car by Brigade members and Police Officers before leaving the scene with the Police.

033/10 - 18th April 16.45h IRT

Shortly after completing the assessment stage of their two-day first aid-course at the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguard's base in Whitley Bay, Brigade members were asked by HM Coastguard to investigate a possible missing vessel in the Tynemouth area. HM Coastguard had received a phone call from a concerned member of the public who reported that a vessel had left Tynemouth Haven at approximately 14.00h with four persons onboard and had not been seen since - during which time the local weather conditions had rapidly deteriorated. Brigade members arrived on scene to find a boat returning to the Haven with four persons onboard which was quickly identified as the vessel in question. The crew were found to have adequate safety equipment and explained that they had spent only an hour at sea before deciding to fish upriver due to the conditions. Before returning to station, Brigade members used their Land Rover to help pull the Boat Owner's Van out of the sand after it had become stuck.

032/10 - 17th April 16.30h IRT

While Brigade members attended a first aid course at the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguard base in Whitley Bay, HM Coastguard asked them to investigate a report received via a 999 call of a group of people in imminent danger of being cut off by the tide at the North end of Whitley Bay beach, near the Boat Park. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that no one was in danger of being cut off by the tide but spoke with a group of four who were confirmed as the people who were reported to be in difficulty, but were simply wondering along the shore line on a sunny spring afternoon - the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

031/10 - 16th April 21.30h IRT

As Brigade members left the Watch House to man the Helicopter Landing Site, they were requested by HM Coastguard to meet with a gentleman stood near the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth, who had reported possible red flares in the area. Upon investigation, Brigade members confirmed that the red flares were in fact Chinese Lanterns and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

030/10 - 16th April 19.30h IRT

As Brigade members spoke with HM Coastguard on the previous incident, they were asked to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site as RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land at 22.30h with a seriously ill baby from the Manchester area. Six Brigade members secured the landing site and assisted with the transfer of the baby from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

029/10 - 16th April 19.11h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of an unmanned canoe floating down the River Tyne opposite the Free Trade Inn, approximately 500 metres downriver of the Millennium Bridge. Two Brigade members arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the call and quickly located the canoe which had become stuck next to boats moored at the Ouseburn Regeneration Centre. Due to the condition of the canoe it was obvious that no one had recently been onboard the vessel and so the Brigade Land Rover, which was making its way from Tynemouth towards the scene, was stood down. The canoe was then lifted out of the River by the two Brigade members to prevent it leading to future callouts.

028/10 - 9th April 17.04h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police than a male was threatening to jump from the cliffs surrounding Tynemouth Priory. As Brigade members made their way to the scene, it was confirmed that the man had came away from the cliff edge and the Brigade was told to stand down.

027/10 - 8th April 11.46h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a yacht capsized upriver of the Redheugh Bridge on the River Tyne putting the two occupants into the River. Due to the nature and location of the incident, and as it was initially unclear whether the persons in the River required immediate rescue, a large number of resources were dispatched to the scene including the Brigade Land Rover from its base in Tynemouth, Appliances and the Rescue Boat from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, officers from Northumbria Police and a number of paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service. A Brigade member who works in Newcastle was on scene within two minutes of the call and observed that the two crew members appeared to be O.K. but were struggling to right the yacht. After a short while, another boat arrived on scene and the crew of the yacht managed to turn their boat back over before being towed to the south side of the River where it was confirmed that they required no further assistance. With this information, the Brigade Land Rover, which was five minutes from the scene, was stood down.

026/10 - 6th April 21.15h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from two fishermen that a young girl had been spotted walking near the surf line at Whitley Bay Beach and had now disappeared from sight - the fishermen were extremely concerned for the woman's safety. Brigade members arrived on scene along with officers from Northumbria Police and began a search of the local area. After 15 minutes, and with no sign of the missing person, the Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. At 21.45h, a Brigade member spotted a woman who matched the description of the missing person and when spoken to the woman confirmed that she had walked along Whitley Bay Beach approximately 30 minutes before. The woman was fit and well and was very embarrassed that everyone had been out looking for her. After her details were taken by Police Officers she was allowed to continue on her walk and the Brigade and the Lifeboat were stood down.

025/10 - 6th April 10.26h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a small boat had came ashore at Blyth Beach opposite The Astley Arms Pub. Four Brigade members arrived on scene along with officers from Northumbria Police to find a 10ft long open top boat that was partially full of sea water and had been at sea for an extended period of time - there was no obvious sign that anyone had recently been onboard. As Police Officers tried to locate the owner of the vessel, Brigade members looked to move it above the high-water mark to prevent it being washed out to sea again. With the help of a tractor from Blyth Valley Council's Beach Cleaning Team, the Boat was dragged up the beach. Meanwhile, a pair of oars were located at Seaton Sluice Harbour which were thought to belong to the boat and Northumbria Police were confident that no one was missing and the Brigade was stood down.

024/10 - 3rd April 14.26h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with an urgent request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with a seriously injured male. The gentleman had been involved in an accident while on his pedal-bike and sustained suspected serious head injuries. The Helicopter landed at 14.48h and the casualty was transferred to an awaiting ambulance for further assessment and treatment at Newcastle General Hospital.

023/10 - 2nd April 12.53h IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to observe the fishing vessel 'Curtis Lee' which had broken down just south of St. Mary's Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and monitored the vessel which was then towed back to its berth at South Shields by the powerboat 'Bugs Afloat'. Once the tow had been completed, which took roughly an hour and a half, Brigade members resumed their patrol with no further incidents to report.

022/10 - 21st March 16.22h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a youth who reported that he and his friend was stuck at the top of the cliffs at Marconi Point, between Cullercoats Bay and Browns Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that there were in fact four youths stuck on the cliffs, all of whom had been consuming alcohol. The land at the top of Marconi Point is private land and so Brigade members asked the land owner if he would mind if the four youths could climb over his fence as this was the safest way for them to make it off the cliff. The land owner kindly obliged and the four young males were then given strict safety advice by Brigade members and officers from Northumbria Police.
Incidents of people climbing on the cliffs at Marconi Point are a regular occurrence and it is importance to reiterate that this area is the property of the land owner and access is strictly prohibited.

021/10 - 21st March 00.02h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from the relatives of a young male who had threatened to jump off the cliffs surrounding Tynemouth Priory earlier that evening and had not been seen since making that threat. Brigade members arrived on scene at the Priory and spoke with the gentleman's relatives as well as local Police Officers. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and a thorough search of the Tynemouth area was commenced. Shortly after 00.45h, Police Officers informed the Brigade that the man had returned to his home safe and well and the Brigade was stood down.

020/10 - 20th March 13.45h IRT

Shortly after completing a Rope Rescue training exercise, HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain informing him that a car was stuck in the sand at the Sound end of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members made their way to the scene but found that the car had already been recovered and had left the area.

019/10 - 14th March 13.55h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a surfer unable to make it back to shore at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands and shouting for urgent assistance. Brigade members arrived on scene with minutes of the page and monitored the surfer until the Lifeboat arrived on scene and took him onboard their boat. He was then taken back to Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat Station where it was confirmed that he required no medical assistance. A Brigade member then took him and his surfboard back to his car at Tynemouth.

018/10 - 8th March 20.52h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to a report that a man had gone over the railings next to the Gibraltor Rock Restaurant and into King Edward's Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene within 2 minutes of the call to find that the casualty, a 30 year-old from North Shields, had fallen approximately 30 foot down the grassy bank sustaining a broken right ankle and possible head injuries. Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service and a Brigade member who is also a Paramedic made their way to the casualty and started to attend to his injuries. Meanwhile, the Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and Brigade members prepared their Rope Rescue Equipment, as did officers from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. A Brigade Captain was lowered down the Cliff, taking a Basket Stretcher with him, which the casualty was then carefully transferred into. Assisted by two Firemen from the Specialist Line Rescue Team, the Brigade Captain controlled the Stretcher as it was lowered down the cliff to the nearest set of steps. From there the casualty was carried by Brigade members and Firemen to an awaiting Ambulance which then took him to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
This incident involved all four emergency services working closely together and highlighted the excellent working relationship that has been established between the four agencies.
Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was also tasked to attend this incident but was stood down before arriving as the casualty had been rescued.

017/10 - 7th March 18.08h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting four men cut off by the incoming tide just North of Cullercoats Bay. Five Brigade members arrived on scene within 90 seconds of the page and found four students from Newcastle University clambering over the rocks and making it back onto land in front of the Sewage Works just North of Cullercoats Bay. As the first informant had left the area, a thorough search of Marconi Point and Browns Bay was carried out by the Brigade and Cullercoats Lifeboat before the first informant returned to the scene and confirmed that the four students were the persons he had seen cut off by the tide. This information was passed on to HM Coastguard who then allowed the Brigade and the Lifeboat to return to station.

016/10 - 7th March 07.30h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with an incubator containing an ill baby from the Salford area of Greater Manchester. Three Brigade members manned the site and assisted in the transfer of the incubator to an awaiting ambulance which then took the baby into the Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

015/10 - 3rd March 14.08h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a woman, her child and her dog being cut off by the incoming tide at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. As Brigade members made their way to the scene, it was confirmed that all three had made it safely back to shore and the Brigade was stood down.

014/10 - 3rd March 02.23h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade following a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were carrying out a search for a person deemed at high-risk in the Fish Quay area of North Shields. The Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out and a Brigade Captain was deployed to North Shields Police Station where he co-ordinated the search with the Duty Inspector and Superintendant. The Inspector explained that their control room had received a 999 call from an 18 year-old male stating that he was being pursued by a number of males and was concerned for his safety, the line then went dead. Despite numerous attempts to re-establish communication, nothing further was heard.
Along with Police Officers, and with assistance from Police Helicopter India 55, the Brigade carried out a search from Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, to Royal Quays Marina. As time went on, information pointed to the emergency call being made from the Tanners Bank area of the Fish Quay. Just as a methodical search of this area was about to be carried out, it was confirmed at 04.00h that the man had been located safe and well at a relatives house. He is now assisting the Police with their investigations into the incident.
Before returning to station, Brigade members took part in a detailed debrief on this incident at North Shields Police Station.

013/10 - 1st March 02.33h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide a search team between Blyth Beach and Seaton Sluice. A major search and rescue operation involving Blyth and Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Teams; Cullercoats, Blyth and Newbiggin RNLI Inshore Lifeboats; Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was taking place in the Blyth area after an angler was reported missing shortly after midnight. Due to the nature of the incident, the Brigade's Backup Response Team was called out. However, as Brigade members made their way to the search area, Rescue Helicopter 131 located the missing casualty and transferred them to Wansbeck General Hospital.

Despite the best efforts of all involved, it was confirmed later that morning that the Angler had died.

012/10 - 24th February 15.52h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a surfer possibly in difficulty at the South end of King Edward's Bay in front of Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members arrived on scene within two minutes of being paged and spoke with the first informant who gave a detailed description of what he had seen. Along with the Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter 'Bewick', a thorough search was carried out from the North Tyne Pier to Tynemouth Longsands Beach. Brigade members also spoke to a number of surfers and dog walkers all of whom reported that they had seen no one in distress. After an hour's searching, and with nothing found and no one reported missing, HM Coastguard stood the Brigade down and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

011/10 - 24th February 08.10h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site as RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was unsure as to which hospital it was going to take an injured man to. The casualty, an elderly man who had suffered a possible stroke, was unable to be taken to hospital by ambulance as the ambulance was unable to make it to his home in Prudhoe due to the snowy conditions. Once the man had been transported to the Helicopter, 131 decided that the best place to take the casualty to was the Newcastle General Hospital and so landed at the Richardson Road Landing Site. Here it was met by three Brigade members who assisted in carrying the man from the helicopter to an awaiting ambulance.

010/10 - 22nd February 18.14h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service that a woman was standing on the wrong side of the railings on the Tyne Bridge. The Brigade arrived on scene to find that the lady was stood on the Newcastle side of the Bridge but was in fact stood above land and not over the River. The Brigade liaised closely with the Lifeboat which stayed near the Millennium Bridge and well out of view as Northumbria Police Officers spoke with the woman. Shortly after 19.00h the woman climbed back over the railings and was taken into Police custody. HM Coastguard was informed and the Brigade and Lifeboat returned to their respective stations.

009/10 - 13th February 16.52h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a dead dolphin on Tynemouth Longsands Beach. Five Brigade members arrived on scene and found a harbour porpoise which had died in the last few days and had been washed ashore by the tide. A form for the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum was filled in documenting the condition of the porpoise which will then be analysed in an attempt to work out what caused the death of the porpoise.
Once the necessary paperwork had been completed the Brigade was then stood down by HM Coastguard.

008/10 - 13th February 05.45h 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 06.15h. The Helicopter, carrying a woman who had fallen 50 foot down cliffs at Marsden sustaining head and ankle injuries, landed at 06.20h and the casualty was transferred via ambulance to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

007/10 - 3rd February 18.38h 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 19.20h. The Helicopter, carrying a soldier injured on the Otterburn Ranges, landed at 19.35h and the injured male was transferred via ambulance to Newcastle General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

006/10 - 13th January 05.27h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service who were responding to reports of a gentleman stood on the wrong side of the railings on the South side of the Redheugh Bridge, Newcastle. Three Brigade members arrived on scene to discover that the incident had been concluded a short time earlier with the gentleman being taken into custody by Northumbria Police.

005/10 - 6th January 15.00h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted the Brigade following a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who were experiencing difficulties in attending a number of emergency calls due to the adverse weather conditions in the Newcastle and Gateshead area. Three Brigade members took the Brigade Land Rover in land and were on call to the Ambulance Service until 00.15h on 7th January 2010. During this time they assisted at the following incidents:
i) A 90 year-old Gentleman in the Harlow Green area of Gateshead who needed transportation to Hospital but an Ambulance was unable to reach his property as he lived at the top of a snowy bank. The Brigade Land Rover was used to transport the man 200 yards from his house to the awaiting Ambulance.
ii) A 31 year-old female from the Bensham area of Gateshead who was in the late stages of labour and was having difficulties in reaching an Ambulance. Due to the expected imminent arrival of the baby, the lady was transferred to Hospital in the Brigade Land Rover while under the supervision of her midwife.
iii) Assist an Ambulance Crew who were treating an elderly gentleman who had suffered a fit at his home near Chopwell, South-West of Gateshead, and required transportation to Hospital. During this incident the Ambulance became stuck in heavy snow. Initially the Brigade Land Rover was unable to tow the Ambulance to safety due to the extreme conditions and so the Land Rover left the scene and located a Gritter roughly one mile away. The Gritter managed to clear the majority of the snow before it too became temporarily stuck in the snow. The Ambulance, Gritter and Brigade teams all worked together to free both vehicles and in the end the Ambulance was towed to safety by the Brigade Land Rover before it continued on to Hospital.
iv) Assist an Ambulance Crew in carrying an elderly gentleman suffering from chest pains from his property in Low Fell to their Ambulance so that he could be immediately transferred to Hospital.

During all of these incidents the Brigade Land Rover proved very useful as it managed to overcome extremely severe conditions and deep snow.

004/10 - 3rd January 15.18h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting two adults a child cut off by the tide at St. Mary's Island with concern that they may be attempting to cross the causeway.
Brigade members quickly arrived at the scene and were told by the first informant that the group had tried to cross the causeway but had eventually thought better of their idea and appeared to have taken shelter at the cottage on the Island. Initially, both Brigade members at the scene and coastguard officers at the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Bridlington were unable to make contact with the cottage and so Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was asked to launch and put crew members onto the Island to check on the wellbeing of the group as there was some concern that they may be suffering from hypothermia after being in the sea. Shortly before the Lifeboat arrived on scene, coastguard officers were able to make telephone contact with the owner of the cottage who confirmed that the family of 3 were in her house and were all safe and warm. The Lifeboat then arrived on scene and the decision was made to take the family onto the Lifeboat and return them to the Lifeboat station at Cullercoats as they would have been waiting up to 4 hours for the tide to drop before they could have walked back to the mainland safely. Once back at the Lifeboat station the family, who live in Stockton-on-Tees, were then given a lift back to their car via the Brigade Land Rover and were issued with suitable safety advice. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was also in attendance at this incident.

003/10 - 2nd January 16.01h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a person in difficulty in the sea at King Edward's Bay. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and spoke with the first informant who identified the 'person' who they had been observing who had now been washed ashore at the North-East corner of Tynemouth Priory. After a detailed inspection using binoculars it was confirmed that the 'person' was in fact two orange marker buoys which were being violently tossed around by the sea. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was put on standby for this callout but was not required to launch.

002/10 - 2nd January 01.35h IRT

As Brigade members locked the doors on the garage where the Land Rover is kept, they were contacted by HM Coastguard and requested to return to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site as Rescue 131 was heading back out on another incident. On this occasion the Helicopter flew to a village just a half-mile from the previous callout where an elderly gentleman had suffered from a suspected heart attack. The casualty and a paramedic from the North West Ambulance Service were then transferred to the Landing Site where an ambulance then took the casualty to the Freeman Hospital for further medical attention.

001/10 - 1st January 23.52h 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 due to land at 00.30h. The Helicopter had been requested to attend a village near Alston where the ambulance service was having difficulty in assisting a middle-aged woman who was suffering from chest pains. The casualty was safely flown to the landing site where she was able to walk to an awaiting ambulance for further assessment and treatment at Newcastle General Hospital.

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