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

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Initial Response Team Calls - 136             Backup Response Team Calls - 11

136/11 - 26th December 11.55 IRT

While returning to base after providing safety cover at the annual Boxing Day dip in Whitley Bay in aid of the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards (NSVL), Brigade members noticed an elderly lady lying on the ground near St. George’s Church, Cullercoats. Upon investigation it was discovered that the lady had tripped and fallen, was finding it difficult to get back up and an ambulance had been called.
Brigade members cared for the lady until the ambulance arrived, taking particular care of the casualty as she was in the process of recovering from a recent brain operation. Following a thorough check by paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service the lady was allowed to return home and the Brigade completed their journey back to base with no further incidents to report.

135/11 - 19th December 21.16 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a woman was standing on the wrong side of the railings just south of the Rex Hotel, Whitley Bay. The woman was threatening to jump onto the rocks some 50 foot below her and was being restrained from doing so by staff members from the hotel. As eight Brigade members headed towards the scene, the Police confirmed that the woman had been safely recovered and all units were stood down.

134/11 - 9th December 13.41 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a surfer possibly in difficulty just off Tynemouth Long Sands Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene, spoke with the first informant and immediately witnessed the surfer catch a wave and then swim back out to sea to catch another. After witnessing this on more than one occasion, Brigade members were confident that the gentleman required no further assistance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

133/11 - 4th December 16.45 IRT

Northumbria Police contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to assist the owners of an Audi car that had become stuck in the sand 10 metres south of the North Ramp at Tynemouth Longsands Beach. HM Coastguard were aware of the incident and Brigade members arrived on scene and, using the Brigade Land Rover, quickly recovered the vehicle to safe ground. Following this, the owners of the vehicle were issued with strict safety advice by Brigade members and officers from Northumbria Police and they then made a donation to the Brigade as way of an apology for the inconvenience they had caused.

132/11 - 27th November 21.54 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after hearing the word ‘Mayday’ said twice on VHF Radio Channel 16. The Broadcast was weak and was only picked up on one aerial, based just north of St. Mary’s Island. HM Coastguard immediately responded to the Broadcast but nothing further was heard, no vessels at sea at the time reported anything untoward occurring and both the Port of Tyne and Blyth Harbour confirmed that they had no vessels unaccounted for.  
Starting at our Watch House in Tynemouth, Brigade members in the Land Rover carried out a slow coastal search concluding at the Aerial site with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team carrying out a similar search starting at Blyth Harbour. Once both searches were complete, and with nothing further heard, HM Coastguard stood both teams down and the incident was put down as a malicious hoax.

131/11 - 27th November 04.12 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to investigate a report from staff at the Copthorne Hotel that they had witnessed five flares fired near the River Tyne, just up river from their location on the Quayside. Although they were certain that three of the flares were fired from inland, they were concerned that the other two may have been fired from the river. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with the hotel staff who provided a full description of what they had witnessed and described flares which were believed to be parachute illuminating flares. Following this a thorough search of the river was carried out between the Redheugh Bridge and Spillars Wharf with nothing untoward found. As this was taking place, HM Coastguard spoke with Northumbria Police and Port of Tyne who both reported that they had received no reports of any persons in difficulty or flares fired within the search area.
Once the search was complete, and with no one reported missing or unaccounted for, HM Coastguard stood the Brigade down and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

130/11 - 21st November 11.40 IRT

While at Seaton Sluice Harbour, the Brigade Captain and lifeboat crew noticed that there was large amounts of engine fuel floating in the Harbour out to sea. After reporting the find to HM Coastguard and speaking with a number of local people, the source of the fuel spill was located as the Fishing Coble ‘Star of Hope’ which had partially sank in the Harbour the day before. Details of the vessel were passed on to HM Coastguard who then contacted their Counter Pollution Team and the local Council so that the spill could be further investigated and appropriate action taken to clean it up.

129/11 - 21st November 11.02 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after the 12ft fishing boat ‘Taz’, with one person onboard, suffered engine failure 200 yards North-East of St. Mary’s Island. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and towed the vessel into Seaton Sluice Harbour where the skipper was met by a Brigade Captain who took the necessary details and issued him with safety advice as he had no VHF Radio and was not wearing a lifejacket.

128/11 - 20th November 15.00 IRT

As the Brigade members returned to Tynemouth, they were asked by HM Coastguard to meet with a member of the public who had reported what he thought might be a person in difficulty on the South side of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that the man was happily fishing and required no further assistance. The Brigade then returned to station with no further incidents to report.

127/11 - 20th November 13.57 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a man had fallen into the River Tyne near the Ouseburn Regeneration Centre. As Brigade members made their way to the scene it was confirmed that the man had been rescued by a boat and was safe and well on the South side of the River, but the Brigade was asked to continue to the scene to establish exactly what happened. After arriving on scene approximately 20 minutes after the call, Brigade members spoke with a number of local boat owners who explained that the man had been sailing down the River with his partner on a boat when he had climbed into a dinghy and moved away from the boat so that he could take photographs of his partner and his boat. While doing this, the man had fallen into the River. Thankfully, he was wearing a lifejacket and was able to stay afloat until he drifted passed members of the public stood on boats moored at the Regeneration Centre who he was able to shout at and who promptly came to his aid. The man was recovered from the River and reunited with his dingy, his boat and his partner before making his way to the Friar’s Goose Jetty on the South side of the River. Once this information had been gathered, the members of the public were thanked by Brigade members for their prompt actions and began their journey back to station. Unfortunately, the camera the man was using to take the photographs fell into the River never to be seen again!

126/11 - 10th November 19.53 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist the occupants of a 4x4 who were 200 yards South of Hartley Bay and who had their vehicle stuck and were concerned to climb out of it for risk of it tipping over. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed as the vehicle was pulled to safety by a specialist 4x4 recovery vehicle.

125/11 - 6th November 23.17 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade asking if Brigade members were willing to assist the owner of a BMW X5 which had become stuck in the sand halfway along Blyth Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene and were able to safely recover the vehicle to the path. Before leaving the scene, the owner of the BMW was issued with suitable safety advice by Brigade members.

124/11 - 28th October 15.03 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of three adults cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. The Lifeboat rescued the three and returned them to Cullercoats Lifeboat Station where they were met by a Brigade Section Leader who issued them with suitable safety advice and then gave them a lift in the Brigade Land Rover back to their car which was parked opposite the Island.

123/11 - 26th October 15.48 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat with a request for an immediate response to a report of a 12 year-old boy in serious difficulty in heavy seas at Brown’s Bay. The casualty had been swept into the sea while playing on the promenade with his twin brother and two friends.
A Brigade Captain was on scene within 90 seconds of the call and spotted the child approximately 50 metres offshore. Just as he prepared to attempt a rescue using Water Rescue Equipment, and assisted by members of the public, Cullercoats Lifeboat was launched and he decided he would more useful staying on land in order to guide the Lifeboat to the casualty rather than attempt what would have been a difficult rescue. The Lifeboat was on scene one minute later and quickly rescued the casualty before returning to their boathouse. He was then cared for by Lifeboatmen and Brigade members before being winched into RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 which took him to Wansbeck Hospital. Although suffering from hypothermia, the casualty was expected to make a full recovery.
His brother and one of the friends, who had also been hit by a number of waves, were checked over by a paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service but were O.K. and were released back into the care of their parents.

The casualty was extremely fortunate to have escaped alive from his perilous position which was down to the quick response of Brigade members and the Lifeboat crew.  

122/11 - 24th October 11.11 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to carry out a search between St. Mary’s Lighthouse and Blyth Harbour entrance after a personal water craft was found washed up on the North side of Blyth Harbour with no one onboard. As there was major concerns that the owner of the craft may have been in serious difficulties, HM Coastguard also tasked Blyth and Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Teams to carry out a search on the North side of Blyth Harbour. Newbiggin, Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboats along with Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat carried out a sea-search with RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 searching the surrounding area from the air.
The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and Seven Brigade members split into two Search teams and covered the search area. The search was terminated just before 1pm when the owner of the craft came forward and confirmed that he had lost the craft the previous day, but had failed to inform the Coastguard of what had happened.

121/11 - 22nd October 17.58 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from the owner of a van which had become stuck in the sand on the low water mark at Cullercoats Bay after getting into difficulties trying to recover a personal water craft from the sea. Brigade members arrived on scene and used the Brigade Land Rover to pull the vehicle clear before issuing the owner with suitable safety advice. The man was also spoken to by officers from Northumbria Police and was extremely apologetic for the inconvenience his action caused.

120/11 - 21st October 19.57 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a red flare over Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with the first informant who provided an exact description of a red flare. However; after a search of the area found nothing untoward, with no vessels reported in difficulty and due to the location of the first informant and where she described the flare as coming from, Brigade members and HM Coastguard were confident that the flare had been launched from land and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

119/11 - 17th October 17.38 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of an adult and two children stuck on St. Mary’s Island. The Coastguard attempted to find out more details from the first informant but the line went dead and numerous attempts to re-establish communications failed as the number was no longer recognised. Due to the high-tide, Brigade members were unable to make their way onto the Island and so the P.A. System on the Brigade Land Rover was used in an attempt to gain the attention of anyone who may be stuck on the Island. After a short while, with no one sighted on the Island, no further 999 calls, and with the Coastguard still unable to establish communication with the first informant, the call was put down as a false alarm with malicious intent and the Brigade was stood down.

118/11 - 14th October 20.48 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police Helicopter ‘India 99’ that they were following a 28 foot boat down the River Tyne that was being driven in a reckless manner and was exceeding the River Tyne speed limits. The vessel had left Royal Quays Marine during the afternoon and proceeded upriver to the Tyne Bridge area where the four-man crew had been seen to take onboard large amounts of alcohol. The vessel had then proceeded downriver and had been shadowed by the Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter which had ensured that other shipping on the River was aware of the boats presence and could take appropriate action to steer well clear of them.
Under the watch of the Police Helicopter, the boat then continued to the Tyne Piers, narrowly avoiding collision with a number of other vessels, before proceeding back upriver and into the Royal Quays Marina. Once at the Marina, two of the crew ran off while the other two, including the Skipper, returned the boat its berth. Once at the berth, the men were interviewed by offices from the Northumbria Police Marina Unit with Brigade members on hand and prepared with Water Rescue equipment should one of the men fall in or attempt to make a run for it. After a short discussion one of the men was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. One of the men who had earlier ran off was later found by the police.
Investigations by the Marina Police are ongoing as they evaluate whether any of the crew can be charged for breaching River Tyne by-laws.

117/11 - 13th October 23.07 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a woman threatening to jump from the Tyne Bridge. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, Northumbria Police informed HM Coastguard that they had the woman in custody and the Brigade was stood down.  

116/11 - 12th October 22.56 IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to investigate a mysterious light which had been spotted off Whitley Bay by a member of the public. The first informant reported that the light was flickering at regular intervals and appeared not to be moving. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with the first informant who explained in detail what she had witnessed. After observing the light for a number of minutes, Brigade members were able to confirm that the light was not a distress signal and may just have been a ship’s light. With this information, HM Coastguard, who had made a number of broadcasts to ships in the area and to the Port of Tyne - all who reported seeing nothing untoward, then allowed the Brigade to stand down and the first informant was thanked for her vigilance with the call put down as a false alarm with good intent.   

115/11 - 3rd October 19.43 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from staff at the Gibraltar Rock restaurant in Tynemouth who reported seeing a number of flares in the sky approximately 6 miles off the Tyne Piers. Brigade members arrived on scene and interviewed the first informants who explained what they had seen. Although the sighting was believed to be a star or a planet which was coming into and out of view due to the changing cloud cover of the evening, HM Coastguard tasked RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 and Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat to carry out a detailed search of the area to ensure no vessels were in difficulty. After finding nothing untoward and after speaking with a number of fishing vessels all who confirmed that they had not seen a flare being launched, the call was put down by HM Coastguard as a false alarm with good intent. Brigade members thanked the first informant for their vigilance and returned to station.

114/11 - 2nd October 16.57 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the word ‘Mayday’ was said on VHF Channel 16 – the International Distress and Ship to Ship Calling Channel which is constantly monitored by the Coastguard. HM Coastguard immediately responded to the call but were unable to establish communication with the caller. After speaking with other vessels which were monitoring Channel 16 they established that the call had been made somewhere between the Tyne Piers and St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members carried out a search of the local beaches and areas where vessels can launch from with nothing suspicious found. A number of small boats were identified at sea but they were all confirmed to be requiring no assistance after being spoken to by either Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat or Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat who were also called out to assist in the search. Shortly before 6pm, after a thorough search of the area had been completed, and with nothing further heard on Channel 16 and no vessels reported missing, all rescue units were stood down by HM Coastguard.

113/11 - 1st October 19.09 IRT

Shortly after the patrol had finished, HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving two 999 calls reporting a small dinghy with two persons onboard floating 200 yards off King Edwards Bay with darkness quickly setting in. Brigade members arrived on scene and guided the Lifeboat onto the dinghy which they then escorted back to shore. Once on shore, Brigade members spoke with the two people onboard the dinghy, who were a father and son from Tynemouth and who had no safety equipment and no means of communicating with the shore, and issued them with suitable safety advice.

112/11 - 1st October 16.45 IRT

While protecting the Seal in the previous callout, HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to proceed immediately to the North side of Cullercoats Bay where a report had been received of three girls cut off from the mainland by the rising tide. Brigade members arrived on scene and found four teenage girls on rocks which were about to be engulfed by the tide. They were all escorted back to safety before being issued with suitable safety advice. Once the incident was complete, Brigade members then returned to Longsands beach to continue protecting the Seal.

111/11 - 1st October 16.15 IRT

While carrying out a local area patrol, Brigade members noticed a group of around 200 people crowding around a Seal on the South end of Tynemouth Longsands beach. As Brigade members informed HM Coastguard of the situation, the Coastguard explained that they were receiving multiple 999 calls about the Seal. Once on scene Brigade members discovered that the Seal was a young pup which appeared to be perfectly fit and healthy and had simply popped onto the beach for a spot of sunbathing.
Unfortunately, numerous members of the public were attempting to touch and move the Seal and, while it was only a pup, it would have caused serious injury had it been frightened enough to defend itself against the advances it was receiving. Therefore, assisted by a helpful family and their windbreaks, Brigade members tried to impose a small cordon around the Seal to protect both it and members of the public. When even this was still being ignored by certain individuals, a Police Officer was dispatched to the scene and he helped maintain order until, shortly after 18.00h, the pup finally decided enough was enough and returned to the sea before happily swimming off.

110/11 - 1st October 09.34 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were searching for a 26 year-old male who had gone missing from a house near the River Tyne in Walker and was believed to have consumed a large amount of alcohol and taken a potentially deadly mix of drugs. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and two search teams searched the rocks near the mouth of the River and the River bank near Walker. Shortly before Midday, Northumbria Police confirmed that the man had been found safe and well. Along with the Brigade, Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Boat, Police Helicopter India 99 and Police ground teams were also involved in the search for the missing man.

109/11 - 29th September 19.29 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after a boat with three people onboard broke down just off the Tyne Piers. Brigade members observed the vessel until the Lifeboat arrived on scene, took it under tow and returned it to its berth at South Shields.

108/11 - 26th September 19.55 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a number of people possibly cut off by the tide on the Black Middens rocks. Eight Brigade members arrived on scene and observed more than a dozen fishermen making use of the excellent fishing conditions and the low tide and all requiring no assistance. The first informants were thanked for their vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

107/11 - 14th September 20.41 IRT

While carrying out a Rope Rescue Exercise with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team at Tynemouth Priory, HM Coastguard radioed the Brigade with a request to proceed to the outdoor swimming pool at Tynemouth Longsands where a man had reported seeing a green light in the sky which he felt could be a distress flare. Although Brigade members had observed no flares from their location at the priory, and could see the green starboard light of a fishing vessel which was off Longsands steaming towards the River Tyne, it was agreed to dispatch a team to gather further information from the first informant. Two Brigade members and two members of Blyth Coastguard then spoke with the man and it was agreed that the report was a false alarm with good intent. All members then returned to the Priory and continued with the exercise.

106/11 - 13th September 16.16 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after receiving a request for a medical evacuation from the Captain of the 73 metre Dutch fishing research vessel ‘Tridens’ who had a crewman onboard who had sustained a bad ankle injury which required hospital treatment. ‘Tridens’ was anchored at the time roughly 1 mile north of the Tyne Piers. The casualty was brought ashore by the Lifeboat and landed at North Shields Fish Quay where he was assisted to an awaiting ambulance by Brigade members and Lifeboatmen.

105/11 - 11th September 21.22 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site where Royal Navy Rescue Helicopter 193 from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall was due to land at 22.10h with a female casualty who was due to undergo a double lung transplant operation. The Helicopter landed on time and without incident and the casualty was transferred to an awaiting ambulance which took her into the Hospital.  

104/11 - 10th September 13.55 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a man who had lost sight of a man he had been watching who was swimming near Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and the missing swimmer was quickly located safe and well at Long Sands beach.

103/11 - 7th September 08.10 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist at the RVI Hospital where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was due to land on the Helipad on the Hospital roof at 08.45h. Two Brigade Captains arrived on scene and assisted with the transfer of the casualty from the Helipad to the Hospital’s A+E Department. The casualty, a female, was believed to have suffered back injuries following a fall near the village of Belford.

102/11 - 29th August 17.18 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from RNLI Lifeguards of numerous people ignoring safety advice and both wave dodging and climbing cliffs on the promenade beneath the High Point Hotel at the South end of Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and, along with two Northumbria Police Officers, provided a noticeable presence on and above the promenade which quickly led to those involved either leaving the area or acting in a much safer manner. After approximately half an hour the waves started to die down vastly reducing the risk to the public and so the Brigade returned to station.

101/11 - 27th August 15.11 IRT

While supporting Cullercoats RNLI Harbour Day, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to proceed immediately to the cliffs between Hartley Bay and St. Mary’s Island where a 29 year-old male had climbed down the cliffs in an attempt to rescue his dog which had fallen down the cliffs. Brigade members arrived on scene just after the Lifeboat to find that the man and dog were o.k. but required assistance to be safely removed from the bottom of the cliff. The Lifeboat was able to put a crew member ashore who then returned to the Lifeboat with the dog and instructed the man to wait at the cliff bottom while a Rope Rescue Technician from the Brigade was lowered down to recover him back up the cliff. As the Brigade prepared their Rope Rescue Equipment, the son ignored the advice he had received and climbed up the cliff unaided. Once at the cliff top the man was issued with suitable safety advice and reunited with his dog.

100/11 - 24th August 07.13 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that there may be 2 men missing in the sea off Tynemouth Longsands Beach. A third male had flagged down a member of the public and reported that his friends had been washed into the sea at around 06.30h – the man making the report had been in the sea himself and was heavily intoxicated.
Brigade members arrived on scene and gathered further information from the Police who had now been informed by the casualty that a 3rd person was with the group and also missing – at this point the first informant was taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for a full medical check. Due to the information received, the Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and a thorough search of the rocks at either end of Tynemouth Longsands Beach was carried out. Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat carried out a detailed search of the sea with nothing found. As the search progressed the Police received a number of reports stating that two males had been seen waiting for a bus above the beach shortly before 07.00h. Shortly after 08.30h a bus driver confirmed that he had taken two men into the centre of Newcastle at around 7am and that both men had been in the sea. A short while later the Police managed to locate the two men in Newcastle who confirmed that they had been with the man who was now in hospital and that no one else had been in the area. With this information all rescue units were stood down. Members of the North East Ambulance Services Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance at this incident and assisted the Brigade in carrying out a search of the beach.

099/11 - 22nd August 15.54 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after the 26 ft cabin cruiser ‘Peppi Longo’ fouled both props on another vessels fishing nets ½ a mile North of Cullercoats Bay. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and managed to free the ‘Peppi Longo’ before towing her back to Royal Quays Marina where she was safely moored so that repairs could be made. Brigade members met the cruiser at the Marina, which is normally moored at St. Peter’s Basin, and issued the skipper with suitable safety advice.

098/11 - 21st August 12.08 IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to proceed immediately to the Tyne Brigade where a report had been received that a woman had jumped into the River. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with paramedics from the North East Ambulance Services Hazardous Area Response Team who confirmed that a woman had entered the water, but from the promenade near the Copthorne Hotel and not from the Tyne Bridge, and had since been recovered from the River and was receiving treatment from paramedics. With this information the Brigade was stood down and returned to its patrol with no further incidents to report. The condition of the casualty was not known.

097/11 - 17th August 12.56 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a man jumping into the River Tyne from the North Shields Ferry Landing. Brigade members, who were on station carrying out Rope Rescue Training, made their way towards the scene and arrived as the casualty was recovered into the Lifeboat boarding boat before he was transferred into the care of paramedics. The man, who had intended to cause harm to himself, was taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

096/11 - 16th August 16.28 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a mother and her two young children found themselves cut off by the tide on St. Mary’s Island. The group were collected by the Lifeboat and landed at the causeway into the care of Brigade members. After ensuring that they were all fit and well, which they were, the group, who were from Liverpool, were issued with suitable safety advice and all rescue units returned to station.  

095/11 - 12th August 14.49 IRT

While carrying out a Rope Rescue Exercise at Tynemouth Priory, Brigade members overheard RNLI Lifeguards at Tynemouth Longsands beach request ambulance assistance after a man who was paddle boarding had become exhausted and required rescuing to be brought ashore. As one of the Brigade members at the exercise was a paramedic, the Brigade offered the Lifeguards extra assistance, to which they agreed to, and two Brigade members left the exercise and proceeded to the scene. Once on scene, the casualty was found to be breathing and conscious and had been placed on oxygen by the Lifeguards. Although not thought to have sustained any serious injuries, the casualty was transferred via land ambulance to North Tyneside General Hospital for a thorough examination.  

094/11 - 10th August 04.45 IRT

Later that morning, HM Coastguard contacted two Brigade Captains and informed them that the Helicopter was due to return to the Richardson Road Site at 05.15h. The site was manned by four Brigade members and the Helicopter landed safely. For medical reasons, the transfer of the baby was not possible and therefore the empty incubator was transferred off the Helicopter and on to an awaiting ambulance.

093/11 - 9th August 23.06 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 in approximately an hour. The Helicopter eventually arrived on scene at 00.30h and collected an incubator and medical team which they were then going to fly to Manchester to collect a baby which would then be flown back to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle to receive specialist care. The Landing site was manned by six Brigade members and the Helicopter left at just before 1am.

092/11 - 5th August 21.05 IRT

During the Brigade’s monthly training exercise, which consisted of practicing Rope Rescue techniques at Tynemouth Priory, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to dispatch a small group to Tynemouth Haven beach to again meet Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat which was towing a Personal Water Craft back ashore after it had broken down in the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene and provided the owners of the craft with suitable safety advice before assisting them with recovering the craft safely off the beach.

091/11 - 5th August 18.51 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after the 35 foot fishing vessel ‘Pride and Glory’ suffered engine failure on the River Tyne near to Whitehill Point. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and towed the vessel, which had one person onboard, safely back to its marina at Morston Quay.

090/11 - 1st August 16.17 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the relative of a man was threatening to commit suicide just North of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find the gentleman was sitting on a bench speaking with another Brigade member, who was at work as an RNLI Lifeguard, and who was keeping the man calm as he awaited the arrival of Police Officers. Once on scene, police officers spoke with the man and eventually arranged to take him to his home.
RNLI Beach Lifeguards from Tynemouth Longsands were also in attendance at this incident as was the Lifeboat which remained on scene for the duration of the incident until the man was safely in a Police car.

089/11 - 31st July 14.50 IRT

While attending to the 4x4 stuck at Cullercoats, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to proceed to a suitable vantage point to observe Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat who were towing two vessels into Blyth Harbour after one of them had suffered engine difficulties. On arrival at Blyth the vessels were escorted to their berths by Blyth Volunteer All-Weather Lifeboat and met on the shore by Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team.

088/11 - 31st July 14.27 IRT

Following the conclusion of the previous incident, Brigade members commenced a Coastal Patrol and were asked by Cullercoats RNLI Beach Lifeguards to assist them in their attempts to recover another 4x4 that had become stuck in the sand, with the tide still on its way in, at Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a number of attempts to pull the vehicle to safety but were not successful. As a new plan was being put together, the Brigade was tasked by HM Coastguard to the next incident and in the end the vehicle was recovered by Cullercoats RNLI’s tractor.

087/11 - 31st July 11.26 IRT

While carrying out a Rope Rescue demonstration with firemen from Tynemouth Fire Station, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to proceed immediately to Tynemouth Haven where they had received multiple 999 calls reporting a 4x4 stuck in the sand with the tide coming in around the vehicle and the occupants refusing to climb out. Brigade members arrived on scene along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, numerous Police cars and an ambulance to find a Land Rover Defender stuck in the sand with sea coming over the bonnet. As Brigade members prepared to attempt to tow the vehicle out of the sand, another 4x4 was able to pull the Land Rover to safety just in time. Once all vehicles had left the beach, Brigade members spoke with the owner of the Land Rover who was very thankful for the help and apologetic for getting stuck.

086/11 - 28th July 16.09 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Cullercoats Bay who were caring for a 16 year-old boy that had jumped off the North Pier at the Bay and landed head first. The casualty had walked out of the sea before complaining of pain throughout his spine and then being carefully placed on a spinal board and given oxygen by the Lifeguards. Brigade members arrived on scene and assisted in transferring the casualty to an Ambulance which took him to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

085/11 - 23rd July 21.50 IRT

Later that evening, HM Coastguard again paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North Tyne Pier Watchman. Earlier that evening he had spoken with three fishermen, who were about to climb onto the pier with the intention of fishing from the lighthouse at the seaward end, and had told them not to do so as the pier was closed due to the horrendous sea conditions leading to large waves breaking over the pier. The group ignored his request and climbed onto the pier. A number of hours later, with no sign of the group, the Watchman informed the Coastguard and asked for a team to be sent onto the pier, check that they were safe and then remove them.
Once on scene, Brigade members requested assistance from Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat which arrived on scene providing safety cover and extra lighting as four Brigade members made their way along the pier taking cover in the alcoves as the waves broke above them. Using the tunnel which runs from halfway along the pier to the seaward end, the group reached the three fishermen who cooperated with the rescuers and were escorted back through the tunnel and off the pier. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

084/11 - 23rd July 18.49 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a group of teenagers had been spotted climbing up the cliffs on the south side of King Edward’s Bay and that one of the group was now stuck. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a search of the cliff area with nothing found. A short while later a group of youths were spotted climbing out of Tynemouth Priory and, after speaking again with the first informant, Police Officers confirmed that this was the group that had been spotted on the cliffs and the Brigade was allowed to stand down.

083/11 - 22nd July 21.45 IRT

Finally, just as the Brigade land rover was reversed into its garage to be locked up for the night, HM Coastguard asked Brigade members to proceed to the Tyne Brigade where the Police were responding to reports of a woman standing on the wrong side of the railings and threatening to jump off. Three minutes later, as three Brigade members made their way towards the scene, HM Coastguard received further information confirming that the woman was in Police custody and the Brigade was allowed to stand down and return to station.

082/11 - 22nd July 21.05 IRT

As Brigade members made their way back to the Brigade’s Watch House following the previous incident they observed a group of teenagers sat on rocks at the South end of King Edward’s Bay with the tide lapping around them. As it was just before the high-tide mark, the group were observed for 20 minutes to ensure they were safe before they clambered back across the rocks and returned to the safety of the Beach. As this was happening, a second group of youths climbed the fence into Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members politely reminded the group that they were trespassing and threatened to contact Northumbria Police, at which point the group agreed to leave the Priory and were allowed to do so safely as Brigade members opened an access gate for them.  

081/11 - 22nd July 19.24 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a 26 year-old woman from Chester-le-Street was threatening to drive her car over a cliff in a coastal area. The woman was known to like to spend time at various coastal areas in the North East, including Tynemouth and Whitely Bay, and so the Brigade was tasked to carry out a search of the local cliff areas and near-by car packs. Meanwhile, Coastguard Rescue Teams in Hartlepool, Seaham and Sunderland were also called out to search their cliff areas.
The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and a total of eleven Brigade members carried out a detail search of the area with nothing found. Shortly after 20.45h, the casualty was located by Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team and taken into the care of the local Police force.

080/11 - 15th July 23.30 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a man may be sat on rocks at the south end of Whitley Bay close to the water’s edge. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and thirteen members mustered in Whitley Bay preparing to start a search. However, after a search by Police Helicopter India 99, and further discussions with Police Officers on scene, it was decided that the call was a false alarm with good intent and all units were stood down. This decision was made after Police Officers explained that they had been alerted to the incident by a member of the public in Whitley Bay who had pointed to what he thought could be a man sat on the rocks. The Police Officers were on the rocks within one minute of the initial conversation and found nothing, nor were any footprints found leading towards the rocks.

079/11 - 14th July 16.55 IRT

While on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard informed the Brigade that they had received a 999 call from the owner of a 4x4 that had become stuck in the sand at Tynemouth Haven. As no lives were in danger, HM Coastguard informed the Brigade of the incident but gave them the option of whether they wished to attend or not. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the 4x4 that was stuck was the same one that has been recovered from the sand on three previous occasions by Brigade members in the last 12 months and so the Brigade decided not to assist the owner on this occasion. Thankfully for the owner, a member of the public kindly used his own vehicle to pull the 4x4 from the sand. Brigade members then resumed their patrol with no further incidents to report.

078/11 - 13th July 19.09 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a number of persons in difficulty at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that two young boys, aged 12 and 13, had been caught in the rip and were in the process of being dragged out to sea when they had been rescued by a kayaker. Brigade members cared for the two casualties and they were placed in the Brigade Land Rover while paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service were requested. After a thorough examination by paramedics, both boys were allowed to leave the scene with relatives and did not require hospital attention.

077/11 - 13th July 14.26 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a woman who was stood near the High Point Hotel and could see a vessel a short distance offshore that she thought was in danger. Brigade members arrived on scene, spoke with the first informant, and confirmed that the vessel was simply fishing in a large swell which made the situation look more hazardous than it was. HM Coastguard also managed to establish communication with the Skipper of the vessel, the ‘Beverley Ann’, who confirmed that all was well onboard. The first informant was thanked for her vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

076/11 - 10th July 21.00 IRT

During the previous search, the owner of a black Peugeot 207 asked Brigade members if they could assist him in recovering his car after it had become stuck in the sand at Tynemouth Haven. Once the search concluded, a number of Brigade members made their way to the car, only to find that the owner was not there and therefore were unable to attempt to move the vehicle without his permission and so returned to station and stood down.

075/11 - 10th July 20.23 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to respond to a report of a possible missing person off the South Tyne Pier. A jacket had been found at the end of the Pier which contained a detailed suicide note. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and 17 Brigade members carried out a detailed search covering Sharpness Point, the North Tyne Pier, the rocks below Tynemouth Priory and also the rocks below Spanish Battery leading to the Black Middens. At 21.40h, Northumbria Police reported that they were satisfied that if the person was on the Coastline he would have been found and gave permission for all search units to return to base. After the incident concluded, the Police informed the Coastguard at 22.30h that the person who the jacket belonged to had been found safe and well. Other rescue units involved in this incident were South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade, Inshore Lifeboats from Cullercoats RNLI and Tynemouth RNLI and the All-Weather Lifeboat from Tynemouth, and also Police ground units and Police Helicopter India 99.

074/11 - 10th July 14.48 IRT

While carrying out a coastal patrol, RNLI Lifeguards at Cullercoats Bay informed Brigade members that they had spotted a Personal Water Craft with two persons onboard approximately 1000 metres offshore that had not moved for over 30 minutes. After a short discussion, RNLI Lifeguards at Tynemouth Longsands launched their Personal Water Craft and proceeded to the scene – Brigade members informed HM Coastguard of the developing situation in case an RNLI Lifeboat was required. Once the Lifeguards arrived on scene they discovered that the craft had initially broken down as they had got a rope stuck around their propeller, but they had been able to clear it and required no further assistance. With this information Brigade members continued their patrol with no further incidents to report.

073/11 - 9th July 12.50 IRT + BRT

While Brigade members carried out a sea safety talk at Woodlawn School, HM Coastguard requested that they proceed to Whitley Bay and assist Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team who was responding to reports from RNLI Lifeguards that two boys had become stuck on the cliffs. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that two brothers, a 9 year-old and an 11 year-old, had become stuck 10 foot down from the road, just north of the High Point Hotel. The boys had become stuck on a ledge and were in danger of falling 30 foot to the promenade below. So clear was the danger that these boys faced, an RNLI Lifeguard had attempted to rescue the boys himself but in doing so had reached a position from which recovery was difficult and the safest way to recover the lifeguard was now by rescue. An RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor had however managed to get a rope to the two boys which they were able to hold on to and acted as a reassurance that further help would be with them shortly.

A Brigade Captain took charge of the incident and, on evaluating the situation decided that a Rope Rescue would be the safest and quickest way to rescue the two boys and therefore the Brigade’s and the Coastguard Rescue Team’s vehicles were used to block the road so that anchors could be secured in the front garden of St. Anne’s Care Home. While the Rope Rescue equipment was prepared, the Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out, officers from Northumbria Police were requested to assist in traffic and crowd management and RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer, who was already airborne on a training exercise, was requested to make his way towards the scene. Blankets were passed to the two boys as the equipment was prepared and the situation was made more severe by a torrential downpour which included thunder and lightning.
A Brigade Rope Rescue Technician was then lowered down the cliff and secured the youngest child first before being lowered to the safety of the promenade. The Technician was then hauled back up the cliff before securing the second casualty and again being lowed back down to the promenade. Both casualties were then checked over by a North East Ambulance Service paramedic and were found to be cold, but unhurt, from their ordeal and were reunited with their parents by Police Officers.
RAF Rescue Helicopter 131, which had landed at Whitley Bay Beach on standby during the initial rescue, then returned to the scene and lowered a winchman to the RNLI Lifeguard who was then safely recovered to the Helicopter before being returned to his Lifeguard base at Whitley Bay.

The incident demonstrated the strong working relationship between the Brigade and other emergency services, particularly Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and the RNLI Lifeguards.

Finally, the Brigade would like to thank the owners and residents of St. Anne’s Care Home for their understanding and support as the Brigade took over their garden and made a few ‘modifications’ to a number of their flowers.

072/11 - 8th July 15.21 IRT

While Brigade members waited for the arrival of ‘Tranquillity’, HM Coastguard requested that they proceed to Whitley Bay where the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service had reported that a dog had fallen off the promenade and onto the rocks below. Brigade members arrived on scene at the same time as the Fire Service and found that the dog, a 13 week-old Beagle puppy named ‘Pepper’, had slipped through the railings on the Lower Promenande opposite the High Point Hotel and had fallen onto the rocks below. A member of the public had retrieved the dog and passed it into the care of officers from Northumbria Police. Due to the serious condition of the dog, Police Officers kindly offered to take the dog and her owner to a local vets for further examination.

071/11 - 8th July 14.16 IRT

As Brigade members completed a Sea Safety Talk at Preston Grange Primary School, HM Coastguard informed them about the yacht ‘Tranquillity’ that was making its way back to Royal Quays Marina. The yacht had set sail earlier that morning from Seahouses and was experiencing problems in making its way back to the Tyne as the wind conditions were not particularly good and its engine was suffering intermittent faults. Initially, HM Coastguard requested that the Brigade simply meet the yacht at Royal Quays Marina where it was due to arrive at 17.00h.
However, as the afternoon progressed the two crew members continued to struggle with the engine and their estimated arrival time at the Marina became later and later. At 17.30h, HM Coastguard dispatched the Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat to escort the ‘Tranquillity’ into the River Tyne and be on hand should her engine break down again. The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 18.00h and, just as she did, the engine on the yacht broke down for the 12th time that day and so the Skipper of the yacht requested a tow into the Marina by the Lifeboat. The Lifeboat towed the vessel into the Marina and, just as they arrived, the crew of the ‘Tranquliity’ managed to restart her engine and she was able to proceed unaided to her berth. Brigade members then spoke with the husband and wife who were onboard the vessel who were very thankful for the assistance of the Lifeboat crew and Brigade members who had helped them return to the Tyne safely. Apart from being somewhat exhausted, the couple were fit and well and, once the necessary paperwork had been completed, Brigade members left the scene and returned to station. No sea safety advice was required as the ‘Tranquillity’ was equipped with all the necessary safety equipment – the engine fault was still to be identified but was proving somewhat of a mystery as an engineer had looked at her engine just days earlier and thought that everything was in good working order.

070/11 - 7th July 20.20 IRT

As Brigade members spoke with the crew of the ‘James Cook’, HM Coastguard requested that they proceed to a suitable vantage point and observe the small fishing vessel ‘Jay Lowe’ which had broken down 1 and ½ miles off the South Tyne Pier. Brigade members observed the boat as it was towed back to Royal Quays Marina by Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat. Once at the marina, Brigade members spoke with the crew and took the necessary details which were passed on to HM Coastguard. The ‘Jay Lowe’, which sails out of Willington Quay, was believed to have suffered engine failure.

069/11 - 7th July 20.02 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet the 21m sail training yacht ‘James Cook’ which had suffered mechanical difficulties and was being towed to Royal Quays Marina by Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat. The James Cook was moored at the Marina at 20.20h – no sea safety advice was required as the vessel had all the necessary safety equipment and so, after ensuring all persons onboard were fit and well (which they were), Brigade members left the scene to respond to the next callout.

068/11 - 6th July 20.05 IRT

During the Brigade’s monthly exercise, which involved members carrying out a Breeches Buoy Exercise on Collingwood’s field, HM Coastguard requested that Brigade members proceed urgently to Whitley Bay where they had received a report that 5 teenagers were being swept out to sea and required immediate assistance. Five Brigade members headed towards the scene in the Brigade Land Rover and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also paged to attend the incident. Once on scene, Brigade members found that the group of five, who were believed to have consumed a large amount of alcohol, had all managed to make it back to the shore and were being spoken with by a Northumbria Police Officer. As two of the group were being sick, raising possible concerns over secondary drowning, an ambulance was requested to attend.
Once the Ambulance arrived, the group became aggressive and dismissive to the paramedics and brigade members and eventually refused medial treatment. Police Officers again spoke with the group and issued them with a final warning to control their behaviour before they left the scene and all other Rescue units were allowed to stand down.
Cullercoats Lifeboat arrived on scene shortly after all five had made it back to the beach and remained on standby until the Ambulance arrived at which point they were allowed to return to station.

067/11 - 5th July 19.38 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a taxi driver who was parked in his vehicle at St. Mary’s Island and could see a small blue boat approximately 200 metres offshore that he thought was in difficulty. Brigade members and the Lifeboat arrived on scene and confirmed that the boat was in fact at its usual moorings and all appeared to be in order. The first informant was thanked for his vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

066/11 - 3rd July 17.52 IRT

While three Brigade members carried out a coastal patrol, RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Cullercoats Bay requested the assistance of the Brigade as they responded to reports on an unconscious male at the South side of the Bay. Brigade members contacted HM Coastguard and an ambulance was requested to attend.
Once on scene, Brigade members found that the gentleman, who was believed to have consumed a large amount of alcohol, had regained consciousness but was becoming aggressive towards Lifeguards and therefore Brigade members requested assistance from Northumbria Police. Once the paramedics and police officers were on scene the Brigade was allowed to stand down from the incident and resume its patrol.

065/11 - 30th June 16.05 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 collapsed male at Tynemouth Haven. Brigade members arrived on scene and assisted paramedics in recovering the male, who was unconscious and was believed to have consumed a large amount of alcohol, to an ambulance which then took him to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

064/11 - 28th June 13.42 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after the fishing vessel ‘Jenny M’ reported that she had broken down 1 mile East of King Edward’s Bay. The vessel, which had suffered engine failure, was towed by the Lifeboat to Royal Quays Marina where the skipper of the vessel hoped to make repairs to his boat which would allow him a speedy return to fishing.

063/11 - 27th June 12.48 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team who were monitoring a group of 17 school children and 4 adults from Burradon Primary School who had become cut off by the high tide at St. Mary’s Island. The Coastguard Rescue Team were able to remove 5 children and 1 adult before the tide rose to such a position that it was safer for the group to stay on the Island.
Due to the favourable local conditions (temperatures in the mid 20’s and bright sunshine), it was decided that the group would be safest waiting it out the Island while the tide turned. In case there was a need to suddenly remove the group from the Island, Brigade members arranged for an RNLI Beach Lifeguard to make his way onto the Island and sit with the group while they waited for the tide to go out. Shortly after 3pm, the group were escorted safely across the causeway by Brigade Members, Lifeguards and Coastguard Rescue Officers and were able to return to their school via a pre-arranged coach.
It is believed that the group become stranded on the Island after some confusion relating to what time high tide was.

062/11 - 26th June 14.30h IRT

During the course of the previous incident, Lifeboat crew at Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station observed a 4 metre cabin cruiser called ‘Louise’, with three persons onboard, break down and drift close to the South bank of the River Tyne. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was released from the previous job and quickly arrived on scene with the ‘Louise’. The boat was then towed into Tynemouth Haven where its occupants were issued with suitable safety advice. During the duration of the incident Brigade members kept observations on both ‘Louise’ and the Lifeboat and were allowed to stand down once the Lifeboat had returned to its station.

061/11 - 26th June 13.45h IRT

While making their way back to station following the previous incident, two Brigade members in the Brigade Land Rover were asked by HM Coastguard to proceed to the Spanish Battery and observe the 28 foot angling boat ‘Osprey’ that had suffered engine failure 1 mile east of the Tyne Piers. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched to tow the vessel back to its berth upriver. However, as the lifeboat approached the scene the crew of the ‘Osprey’ explained that another angling boat had taken them under tow and were happy to return them to their berth. The Lifeboat escorted the boats into the River before being tasked to the above incident.

060/11 - 26th June 12.45h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed upriver and provide a communications link to Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer who was en route to a fishing vessel on the River Tyne where a crewman had fallen and broken his tibia and fibula in one of his legs. As the Brigade approached the scene they were diverted to the RVI to make ready for the Helicopter’s arrival. Making use of the new landing pad on top of the RVI, the Helicopter was able to drop off the casualty in a quick and efficient manner with the injured fisherman being taken directly to the Hospitals Accident and Emergency Department for further assessment and treatment.

059/11 - 23rd June 20.18h 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 20.45h. The site was secured and manned by nine brigade members and once the helicopter had landed, the casualty, who was a sailor with the Royal Navy who had taken ill while on board HMS Illustrious, was able to walk to an ambulance which took him to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

058/11 - 21st June 18.38h 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 19.10h. The site was secured and manned by five brigade members and the casualty, who was walking wounded following a cliff fall in the Lake District, landed safely in the Helicopter and was then taken by ambulance to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

057/11 - 20th June 18.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the husband of a woman who was stuck on St. Mary’s Island with her 6 year-old son and was unable to make it back to the mainland due to the high tide. The man was not at the scene and had been phoned by his wife.
HM Coastguard contacted the woman directly and told her to wait on the Island as Rescue units would be on scene within minutes. A short while later, as Brigade members and the Lifeboat reached the scene, the woman was found to be wading across the causeway with a man who lives on the island who had the young child on his back. Both adults were wearing waders which went up to their chests but had no lifejackets or safety equipment with them.
Thankfully, all three reached the mainland safely but the man then ignored the advice of Brigade members, and the offer of a lift back to his house in the Lifeboat, and waded back across the causeway to his home.

While the causeway at St. Mary’s Island may not be very long and it may look relatively straightforward to cross, the current that is generated by the Island and goes across the causeway is extremely dangerous and has washed a number of people off the causeway to their deaths in recent years. Therefore, HM Coastguard and the Brigade advise members of the public not to attempt to cross the causeway when the tide is in.

056/11 - 15th June 16.46h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to meet a 12 foot fishing vessel which was in the process of being towed into Cullercoats Bay by Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after it had suffered engine failure off Whitley Bay. Two Brigade members met the vessel at the Bay and issued the Skipper with suitable safety advice as he had no VHF Radio, no navigational equipment and was not wearing a lifejacket.

055/11 - 15th June 01.38h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from the North East Ambulance Service that a man was threatening to commit suicide near Spanish Battery, Tynemouth. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with officers from Northumbria Police who explained that the man could not be found and they were struggling to re-establish contact with the first informant. As Brigade members and Police Officers carried out a search of the local area, two youths were spotted running along King Edward’s Bay towards the rocks underneath Tynemouth Priory. The youths were asked to stop by the Police officers but one ignored their calls and proceeded onto the rocks. At this point Brigade members immediately requested the launch of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, called out the Brigade’s Backup Response Team and two Brigade members donned their Water Rescue Lifejackets in case the casualty entered the sea.
Due to the high tide, it was deemed too dangerous to pursue the casualty onto the rocks and so Brigade members and Police Officers positioned themselves at King Edward’s Bay and also at the North Tyne Pier, where the rocks end in case the man decided to return to safety. As the lifeboat arrived on scene, so did Police Helicopter India 99 and both rescue units carried out a thorough search of the rocks, with the Helicopter spotting the casualty lying face down on a rock on the East side of Tynemouth Priory in a highly inaccessible position. Two Lifeboatmen managed to swim ashore and reach the casualty who they found to be unconscious and not breathing – rescue breaths were given to the man and he started breathing unaided but remained unconscious. While this was taking place, the Brigade entered the Priory, prepared their Rope Rescue Equipment and lowered firstly a Brigade Captain to the scene who took advanced first aid equipment with him and then a second Brigade member who was lowered down the cliff with a spinal board and basket stretcher. The North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team also arrived on scene at this point and provided first aid advice to the Brigade throughout the incident.
The two Brigade members and two Lifeboatmen then worked together to stabilise the casualty while RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was dispatched to the scene. The Helicopter arrived on scene at 03.39h and the casualty was winched onboard and then flown to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where another team of Brigade members was on hand to secure the site and assist in the transfer of the casualty to an awaiting ambulance who then took him into the RVI. The casualty was taken into hospital in a critical condition.
The two Brigade members who were over the cliff were then carefully hauled back to the cliff top, while the two Lifeboatmen were able to swim back to their Lifeboat and return to station. Once all persons had been accounted for and the Brigade Land Rover had returned from the Landing Site, all equipment was packed away and the Brigade stood down at 05.30h.

During the course of the rescue, two cars belonging to Brigade members, which were parked near Tynemouth Longsands (approximately ½ a mile from the scene of the rescue), were attacked by vandals with scratches made to both vehicles. One of the cars belonged to the Brigade Captain who was lowered down the cliff and whom took the lead in providing First Aid care to the casualty. The Brigade is extremely disappointed at the action of these mindless idiots in damaging two cars belonging to our volunteers.

054/11 - 13th June 23.49h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that they had received a 999 call reporting that a plane had been seen to fly low over Whitley Bay and crash into the sea. Brigade members arrived on scene and liaised with Police Officers who were carrying out a thorough interview with the first informants. After checking with Newcastle Airport that all their planes were accounted for, which they were, and with no debris visible and no further reports received matching the original call, the incident was put down as a false alarm with good intent and the Brigade was allowed to stand down.
Northumbria Police Helicopter India 99 was en route to this incident but was stood down before reaching the scene.

053/11 - 13th June 15.07h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the owner of ‘Oscar’, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who was swimming in the River Tyne approximately 300 yards from shore. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a visual on the dog as the Lifeboat launched and quickly recovered the dog which by this time had reached the Black Midden rocks, still happily swimming towards the North Sea. Once onboard the Lifeboat the dog was brought ashore at Fish Quay Sands where it was met by Brigade members and dog’s relieved owners who were happy to see him returned safe and well, if a little damp.

052/11 - 11th June 08.34h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that the fishing vessel ‘Three Sisters’ had broken down opposite the Port of Tyne Office at North Shields Fish Quay. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the Lifeboat tow the boat to Royal Quays Marina where it was moored in order to make repairs to its broken down engine.

051/11 - 9th June 17.30h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a man who was travelling on the Shields Passenger Ferry after a day at work and noticed a broken down speedboat drifting with four persons on board near the South Shields Ferry Landing. Rescue units made their way towards the scene and the vessel was returned to its launching point in South Shields without further incident. Once the man had arrived at North Shields, he was met by a Brigade member and thanked for his vigilance and correct actions in calling the Coastguard.

050/11 - 6th June 01.29h 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 a report from Northumbria Police that a woman was threatening to jump off a cliff in the Tynemouth area. Brigade members arrived at Tynemouth Priory to find two Police Officers speaking with a woman who was sat on a wall outside the Priory, dangerously perched above an 80 foot drop. As the Brigade Land Rover was brought to the scene, the Police Officers managed to convince the woman to climb off the wall and return to safety. Using keys the Brigade has for the Priory, an access gate was opened and all persons were able to leave the Priory grounds safely. The casualty was then taken into a Police car and all rescue units were allowed to return to station.
Appliances from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance at this incident.

049/11 - 3rd June 17.07h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of eight people cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. As Brigade members arrived on scene, it was confirmed that all persons had made it safely back to the mainland and all rescue units were stood down.

048/11 - 2nd June 21.09h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a Cabin Cruiser broken down on the River Tyne near Spillars Wharf. The Brigade was tasked with proceeding upriver and locating the vessel with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Boat called out to tow the vessel back to its berth. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene it was confirmed that the vessel had managed to restart her engine and safely made her way back to her berth and therefore the Brigade and the Fire Service were stood down.

047/11 - 2nd June 10.31h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the fishing vessel ‘Adonas’ with three persons onboard which had suffered engine failure one and a half miles North of St. Mary’s Lighthouse. Brigade members monitored the situation as the Lifeboat arrived on scene and started the slow process of towing the boat back to her berth at South Shields. As the tow progressed, the crew of the ‘Adonas’ explained that they had been due to assist a small boat with two persons on board back into the Tyne once they had completed their day’s fishing. As this was no longer possible, Cullercoats Lifeboat made contact with the smaller vessel and explained the situation and the Lifeboat then proceeded to its location two miles North East of the River Tyne and also took this vessel in tow. Shortly after Midday, both vessels were returned safe and well to their moorings and all rescue units returned to station.

046/11 - 27th May 06.50h IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer was due to land shortly after 08.00h. The Helicopter was making its way to evacuate an injured fisherman from a fishing vessel approximately 100 miles east of the Tyne Piers. The casualty, who had suffered a head injury, was airlifted into the Helicopter which then proceeded to the landing site arriving just after 08.30h. The casualty was transferred from the Helicopter to an ambulance and taken to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

045/11 - 21st May 17.30h IRT

Later in the patrol, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to meet the dive boat ‘Spellbinder II’ which was returning to Royal Quays Marina. Earlier in the afternoon a diver has been airlifted from the vessel after showing systems of decompression sickness following equipment failure during his dive which meant he had to miss one of his scheduled dive stops as he returned to the surface. Brigade members met with the vessel and gathered further information off the skipper of the boat which was used to provide the hospital where the man was being treated with as much information as possible to aid the man’s recovery. Thankfully, the casualty remained conscious during the rescue operation and was expected to make a full recovery.

044/11 - 21st May 16.17h IRT

While on a coastal patrol, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to proceed immediately to Tynemouth Longsands where they had received multiple 999 calls reporting a number of children cut off by the tide. Brigade members quickly identified a group of three teenagers who, on first viewing, appeared to require assistance as they were on the Bears Back Rocks at the North end of Longsands Beach with the tide rising around them. However, following a closer inspection using binoculars, Brigade members were able to identify that all three were wearing wet suits and had accessed the rocks via surfboards. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, which was in the process of launching, was tasked to have a quiet word with the group and persuade them to return to the shore – which they did without complaint. Once back on shore the group were issued with suitable safety advice by Brigade members and also a local Police Officer. Newbiggen Coastguard Rescue Team was also in attendance at this incident.

043/11 - 19th May 16.35h IRT

Later that afternoon, HM Coastguard received further 999 calls reporting a yacht capsized off King Edward’s Bay. Working on a safety first approach, Brigade members were called out to investigate the call and were able to confirm that the ‘yacht’ was once again the same boat happily fishing. The first informants were thanked for their vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

042/11 - 19th May 14.55h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer after receiving a 999 call from a woman reporting a yacht capsized off King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with a number of members of the public who pointed out the ‘yacht’ which when looked at with the naked eye did look to be in difficulty – However, on closer inspection with binocoluers, Brigade members were able to confirm that it was in fact a speedboat with a number of persons on board fishing. As the Lifeboat had already launched, HM Coastguard tasked them to carry out a quick search of the area around King Edward’s Bay and they found no vessels requiring assistance. At this point all units, including the Rescue Helicopter which was about to arrive on scene, were allowed to stand down.

041/11 - 18th May 12.18h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a teenage girl reporting a person in the water near Whitley Bay requiring urgent assistance. Due to the manner in which HM Coastguard received the call and discrepancies with the information provided, the Brigade was called out but was warned that the call may be a malicious hoax. As Brigade members commenced a search between Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, HM Coastguard received a further 999 call from a teenage boy reporting a person in the water requiring assistance at the North end of Tynemouth Longsands.
Adopting a safety first approach, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched by HM Coastguard following the second call and carried out a thorough search of Tynemouth Longsands and King Edward’s Bay with nothing found. Officers and the Helicopter from Northumbria Police also arrived on scene and also carried out a search with nothing found. After approximately 30 minutes of searching, and with no persons in difficulty located and the Coastguard and Police unable to make contact with the 999 callers as their phones were now turned off, the call was put down as a malicious hoax and all rescue units were allowed to stand down.
The matter was left in the hands of the Police who are actively attempting to locate the persons responsible for the hoax calls.

040/11 - 14th May 18.42h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a man had fallen into the sea from the scaffolding currently surrounding the South Pier at Cullercoats Bay and required assistance. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the man was safe and well and was in the process of being spoken to by Police Officers. The Lifeboat was stood down as it prepared to launch and an ambulance was also in attendance at this incident.

039/11 - 8th May 19.51h IRT

Later in the evening HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a surfer possibly in difficulty near King Edward’s Bay. Seven Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that the surfer was happily paddling his way from King Edward’s Bay to Tynemouth Longsands and required no assistance. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

038/11 - 8th May 14.07h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the Skipper of the River Escapes pleasure cruiser ‘Coventina’ which had run aground on a sandbank 12 miles up river from the mouth of the River Tyne, just west of the Newburn Bridge. Brigade members were dispatched to the scene to provide a communication link and in case rescue was not immediately straightforward. Brigade members arrived on scene at 14.30h, shortly before the Lifeboat did, and observed as the Lifeboat was able to successfully tow the ‘Coventina’ and her 20 passengers off the sandbank. The vessel was then shadowed back to her berth by the Lifeboat with the Brigade keeping in contact with the Lifeboat at regular intervals. Once back at their moorings at Newcastle Quayside the passengers disembarked in good spirits and thanked the Lifeboat Crew and Brigade members for their help. The lifeboat and Brigade Land Rover then left the City and returned to station at 16.30h.

037/11 - 4th May 19.41h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a man possibly clinging to the side of a boat, which was anchored approximately half a mile offshore just south of St. Mary’s Island. As the call was received during the Brigade’s regular weekly training night, a total of 18 Brigade members were available to attend, but due to the nature of the call, the Captains dispatched three men in the Brigade Land Rover to investigate the report. After arriving on scene, speaking with the first informant and investigating the sighting with binoculars, Brigade members were able to confirm that the ‘man’ was in fact an orange marker buoy attached to the boat. The gentleman was thanked for his vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

036/11 - 2nd May 20.18h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had received a report of a possible suicidal male inside Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members and Police Officers carried out a thorough search of the Priory with nothing untoward found. While this was going on, Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat, who were out on exercise at the time the incident started, carried out a sea search of the area surrounding the bottom of the Priory and Police Helicopter India 99 did a thorough sweep of the whole area, also with nothing suspicious found. With nothing located, and with the Police unable to re-establish contact with the first informant, it was decided that the call may have been a false alarm and all rescue units were allowed to stand down.

035/11 - 2nd May 12.30h IRT

During the previous incident, Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat observed a kayaker who was involved in a near miss with the Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter and a large container ship which were both entering the River Tyne. At the request of the Lifeboat, Brigade members met the kayaker when he returned to shore at Tynemouth Haven beach and issued him with suitable safety advice – the kayaker was deeply apologetic for getting in the way of the two vessels and had simply not noticed them approaching as he had been paddling in the opposite direction!

034/11 - 2nd May 12.18h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the 36-foot fishing vessel ‘Delta III’ which had broken down just off the South Tyne Pier. Brigade members observed from the Brigade Watch House at the Lifeboat arrived on scene and attached a tow line to the vessel. A short while into the tow, the ‘Delta III’ managed to re-start her engine and was then able to proceed back to her berth under her own power.

033/11 - 1st May 09.41h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the Fishing Vessel ‘ Three Sisters’, which had broken down due to engine failure 1 mile off Cullercoats Bay with 12 persons on board. The 40ft vessel was towed by the Lifeboat back to Royal Quays Marina where it was met by Brigade members and the Skipper was issued with suitable safety advice.

032/11 - 30th April 16.28h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to investigate reports that a seal had come ashore near Rendezvous Café, Whitely Bay, and was being harassed by a group of youths. A Brigade Captain arrived on scene and spoke with the youths involved and watched as the seal happily swam back out to sea, at which point the Captain then returned to station.

031/11 - 28th April 13.23h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a woman walking into the sea fully clothed at the North end of Tynemouth Longsands. Brigade members were on scene within 90 seconds of the call by which time the lady had been persuaded by two members of the public to come out of the water. The woman, who was suffering from hypothermia, was cared for by Brigade members before an ambulance arrived on scene and took her to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident. The Lifeboat was stood down before launching.

The prompt action of the two members of the public in calling the Coastguard and persuading the woman to come out of the sea undoubtedly led to this incident having a positive outcome.   

030/11 - 24th April 03.30h 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 that a car had been spotted in the River Tyne underneath the Redheugh Bridge. Brigade members arrived on scene to be informed that the Fire Service Rescue Boat had confirmed that the ‘car’ was in fact a pontoon that had broken away from its moorings. The pontoon, which had led to a similar callout for emergency services earlier in the week, was secured to a nearby jetty to ensure that it causes no further incidents.
Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance at this incident.

029/11 - 23rd April 08.29h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that two divers were in need of urgent assistance at Browns Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene within three minutes of the page and identified two divers who were struggling to swim back ashore due to the strong currents and high tide. The Lifeboat arrived a short while later and recovered both divers onto their boat before taking them back to their Lifeboat Station at Cullercoats. The divers had got into difficulties after one of them, a middle-aged woman, had banged her head when entering the sea at the start of their dive. Although she had remained conscious throughout, the pair were unable to make it back to shore and therefore required rescuing.
Once back on dry land, the woman was taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

028/11 - 16th April 18.54h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist the North East Ambulance Service who were responding to a report of an injured child at King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene within three minutes of the page and found that a 12 year-old boy had hurt himself after falling on steps leading down to the Bay. The boy, who appeared to have only minor injuries, declined treatment from the Brigade and the Ambulance Service and returned to playing on the beach.

027/11 - 15th April 15.34h IRT

While on a coastal patrol, HM Coastguard requested the Brigade to proceed upriver near the Newcastle Business Park where a 999 call had been received from an office worker reporting a boat drifting towards the South River bank. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a visual on the craft, which was 50 metres upriver of the Redheugh Bridge, which had now moored itself against the South bank of the River as it awaited a tow. A short while later the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Boat arrived on scene and took the vessel, called ‘Cod Catcher’, back to Derwenthaugh Marina where it had launched from. Here it was met by Brigade members who found that both occupants of the vessel were fit and well and the need for rescue had arisen after the vessels main and reserve engines stopped working.

026/11 - 13th April 15.10h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the Tyne Bridge where a man was threatening to jump from the Bridge into the River Tyne. As Brigade members arrived at the Bridge, the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that the man had been taken into Police custody and the Brigade was allowed to return to station.

025/11 - 11th April 17.49h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the Tyne Bridge where a man was climbing on the Bridge superstructure above the road. Officers from Northumbria Police, Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team and officers from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service also made their way towards the scene. At approximately 20.15h, as rescuers attempted to reach the man using a Fire Service high-level platform, he fell from the bridge superstructure and died on impact with the road. A short while later, the Brigade was released from the incident and returned to station.

024/11 - 10th April 16.25h IRT

In the third incident of the patrol, Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team spotted a yacht, the 16 foot ‘Wilf’ with two persons on board, drifting down the River Tyne near Dolphin Quay. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched and towed the boat back to Royal Quays Marina where the crew were met by Brigade members who ensured that they required no further assistance and found that they had all the necessary safety equipment onboard.

023/11 - 10th April 15.55h IRT

A short while later, HM Coastguard requested the Brigade to attend King Edward’s Bay where a young boy had been reported missing by his parents. As Brigade members arrived on scene, the child was found safe and well and was introduced to the Brigade by his Father so that he could give the members a polite apology in which he blamed getting lost from his parents on the fun he was having building sandcastles!

022/11 - 10th April 15.15h IRT

Later that afternoon, while carrying out a coastal patrol, Brigade members spotted a group of youths climbing down the North side of Tynemouth Priory with atleast one of the group appearing to be stuck approximately 40 foot from the cliff bottom. Brigade members advised the stuck teenager to stay where she was while the Brigade’s Rope Rescue equipment was prepared. As a Brigade Section Leader prepared to descend the cliff, the teenager ignored the advice of the Brigade and managed to reach the cliff bottom. She was later spoken to by a Brigade member and officers from Northumbria Police and issued with suitable safety advice. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance at this incident.

021/11 - 10th April 10.39h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist in a major search operation for a 70 year-old male who had gone missing from his daughter’s home in Whitley Bay at 10am and whom there was great concern for. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and a thorough search of the area between Cullercoats Bay and St. Mary’s Island took place. While this was ongoing, a Brigade Captain assisted in co-ordinating the incident at Whitley Bay Police Station in order to ensure all parties were working together. At 12.20h the man was located by Police Officers and taken to North Tyneside General Hospital. Along with the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat, RNLI Lifeboats from Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth, Police Helicopter India 99 and Police ground units were also involved in the search.

020/11 - 9th April 17.14h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a man had fallen into the River Tyne from his Personal Water Craft (PWC) opposite North Shields Fish Quay. As Brigade members arrived on scene it was confirmed by the Lifeboat crew that the man had managed to return to the south side of the River and required no further assistance. At this point HM Coastguard allowed the Brigade to return to station.

019/11 - 8th April 20.09h 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 gentleman had collapsed in the middle of Tynemouth Longsands. Six Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the gentleman was conscious and, after a short time, was able to walk to an ambulance at the South Ramp. After a further brief examination in the ambulance, the gentleman declined further treatment and left the scene. At this point the Brigade was given permission to stand down and returned to station.

018/11 - 1st April 11.39h 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 12.15h. The site was manned and the casualty, a woman who had fallen over cliffs at Marsden suffering suspected head and back injuries, was transferred to an awaiting ambulance which took her to the RVI Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

017/11 - 24th March 15.21h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after the 12 foot fishing vessel ‘Monty Dog’ suffered battery failure just North of St. Mary’s Island. The vessel was towed back to Royal Quays Marina by the Lifeboat where it was met by Brigade members who confirmed that the crew were all fit and well and issued suitable safety advice to the skipper.

016/11 - 22nd March 13.37h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting two people possibly cut off by the tide on South Crab Hill on the South side of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and confirmed that the pair were indeed cut off by the tide and requested the services of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to rescue them.
The Lifeboat launched and quickly recovered the ladies back to the beach at Cullercoats. Once back on dry land, the pair, who were Chinese and spoke only broken English, were found to be none-the-worse for their adventure and were, despite the extensive language barrier, issued with basic sea-safety advice by a Brigade member.  

015/11 - 22nd March 01.33h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a gentleman near St. Mary’s Island who reported seeing two bright orange lights in the sky between the Island and the Tyne Piers. Two Brigade members carried out a detailed search of the area with nothing untoward found. With this information, and as no vessel had been reported missing, HM Coastguard stood the Brigade down and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

014/11 - 8th March 11.25h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a radio call from a kayaker who was approximately 500 yards offshore of St.Mary’s Island and unable to make it back to shore. The man, who was in a kayak specially modified for sea fishing, was unable to row back to the shore due to the strong offshore winds and had become exhausted after repairing his paddle which had broken-in-two.  
As the Brigade and the Lifeboat made their way towards the scene, the man managed to contact a local fishing vessel, ‘Sarah JFK’, who came alongside him and stopped him from being blown any further offshore. The Lifeboat then arrived and took the man and his kayak on board before dropping him off at the North end of Whitley Bay Beach into the hands of the Brigade. The gentleman, who was found to have all the necessary safety equipment, was found to be in good health, if a little tired out.
Before returning to station Brigade members helped carry the man’s kayak from the beach to his car.

013/11 - 6th March 15.48h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting that a young male was shouting for help and unable to make his way back to shore opposite the High Point Hotel at the South end of Whitley Bay. It later transpired that the group of three young males had been jumping off the promenade into the sea when one of the group had got into difficulties. He was eventually recovered back to the promenade by his friends using a Council Water Rescue Life Ring.
When Brigade members arrived, all three were out of the water but two were showing signs of hypothermia, had suffered multiple cuts and bruises, and possible secondary drowning. All three were cared for by the Brigade before an ambulance arrived on scene and took the group to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

012/11 - 26th February 15.47h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after the fishing vessel ‘Wasp’, with 3 persons onboard, suffered engine failure one mile North-East of the River Tyne Piers. Brigade members kept a visual on the vessel as the Lifeboat arrived on scene and then observed the tow all the way to the Royal Quays Marina before issuing the Skipper of the vessel with suitable safety advice.

011/11 - 18th February 15.45h 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 15.55h. Two Brigade members arrived on scene before the Helicopter landed with two more, including one in the Brigade Land Rover, arriving a short while later. The casualty, a man who had fallen 15-foot following a rock collapse in Seaham sustaining a possible broken leg, was transferred from the Helicopter to an awaiting Ambulance before being taken to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

010/11 - 12th February 14.52h 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 in less than 10 minutes. One Brigade member arrived on scene in time for the landing, with two more arriving as the casualty, a male who had got into difficulties while canoeing on the River Tyne near Riding Mill, was transferred from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance which took him to the RVI.

Despite the best efforts of all involved, the man was pronounced dead in hospital.

009/11 - 22nd January 16.49h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police of a casualty requiring assistance a short distance off Browns Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a visual on the casualty and then guided the Lifeboat onto the scene. The Lifeboat then recovered the casualty and returned to their station where the casualty was transferred to an ambulance and taken to North Tyneside General Hospital in a critical condition.
Police Helicopter India 99 was also in attendance at this incident.

Later on that night, despite the best efforts of all rescue and hospital staff involved, it was confirmed that the casualty had died.

008/11 - 18th January 16.00h IRT

The Brigade Captains were contacted by a Brigade member who had received a telephone call from a member of the public reporting a mysterious 6 foot container washed up on the North end of Whitley Bay Beach. Due to possible contamination and public health risks Two Brigade members informed HM Coastguard and proceeded to the scene to investigate. After a thorough investigation found nothing in the Whitley Bay area, a Brigade Captain contacted a North Tyneside Council employee who confirmed that he was aware of the container which in fact contained large amounts of foam. The foam has been moving with the tide and is currently near Hartley Bay where it will be removed by the Council shortly. Following this the information was passed onto HM Coastguard and the Brigade members returned to station.

007/11 - 17th January 23.03h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to a report of a suicidal female near Hebburn Marina on the River Tyne. As rescue units approached the scene, Police Officers confirmed that the lady had been safely recovered and all units were allowed to stand down.

006/11 - 15th January 19.55h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were searching for a woman in a red dressing gown who had been seen by a gentleman walking along Whitley Bay Seafront. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and fourteen Brigade Members carried out a detailed search for the woman. After roughly an hour, and with nothing found, the Police declared the incident a false alarm and the Brigade was allowed to stand down.

005/11 - 15th January 11.55h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service who were due to meet the fishing vessel ‘Jubilee Quest’ at the North Shields Ferry Landing. A crewmember onboard the vessel had injured his back while the vessel had been at sea and had been unable to climb out of bed for over 24 hours.
As the vessel approached the Ferry Landing it become clear that because of the height of the vessel it would be too difficult to board the vessel at the landing and so the vessel moved to the Fish Quay. Once onboard the boat the paramedic made an assessment of the casualty and determined that the man had over-extended his back during his fall and needed to be immobilised on a stretcher on the boat and taken to hospital. Removing the man on a stretcher from the fishing vessel presented a significant technical challenge which was overcome by firstly placing the man onto a spinal board and passing him from his cabin through an escape hatch and into the fish hold. The Spinal board was then placed into a more robust basket stretcher and, using a quad pod, ropes, safety lines and pulleys from the Brigade’s Rope Rescue Equipment, the man was carefully lifted onto the deck of the vessel and finally into an awaiting ambulance on the Quayside. The man was then taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

004/11 - 11th January 18.01h 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 in 10 minutes with a gentleman who had suffered injuries after falling on rocks near Trow Point, South Shields. Brigade members arrived on scene just as the Helicopter touched down and assisted in carrying the male casualty from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance which then took him to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

003/11 - 10th January 13.15h IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a man cut off by the tide and waving for help on the Black Middens Rocks at the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with the first informant who pointed out the man in question who was quickly identified as a fisherman digging for worms and who required no further assistance. The first informant was thanked for his vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

002/11 - 6th January 13.30h IRT

A Brigade Captain was contacted by a member of North Tyneside Council who asked if the Brigade would be able to assist the owner of a 4x4 that had become stuck in the sand opposite the Blue Reef Aquarium on Tynemouth Longsands Beach. The 4x4 was owned by a contractor working on behalf of the Aquarium and was stuck above the high-water mark. HM Coastguard was informed and two Brigade members arrived on scene with the Brigade Land Rover and, after a bit of digging and pushing, the 4x4 was recovered from the sand and was able to drive itself off the beach.

001/11 - 2nd January 20.42h IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had received a report that a teenager had fallen off a bridge and landed in Royal Quays Marina. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called and a Brigade member was on scene within two minutes of the call when it was quickly established that the teenager had actually jumped from a bridge onto a bush and had then ran away. After a brief search the teenager, who was heavily intoxicated, was located by police officers and all units were stood down. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the North East Ambulance Service were also in attendance at this incident.

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