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

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Initial Response Team Calls - 91             Backup Response Team Calls - 7

091/12 - 31st December 14.20 IRT

On conclusion of the above incident, HM Coastguard asked Brigade members to investigate reports of an imminent land slide at King Edward’s Bay. The Coastguard Control Room had received a call from a concerned member of the public who felt that a large area of land was about to fall from the cliffs on the north side of Tynemouth Priory and would land on the south side of King Edward’s Bay and that this had the potential to endanger a group of teenagers playing football on the beach.
As Brigade members made their way towards the Bay a slab of grass and earth approximately 15 foot by 15 foot fell from the cliff face onto the rocks and beach below. Thankfully it was still some distance from the teenagers on the beach and no one was underneath it at the time. As a short term safety measure while expert advice was sought, Brigade members imposed a small temporary exclusion area around the cliff bottom until an engineer from North Tyneside Council was able to arrive and inspect the cliff face. While it was felt that further land slips may happen in the coming days, no further preventative action was taken as a large numbers of clear warning signs are already in place to highlight the risk of land slides in that area.

090/12 - 31st December 13.27 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who had received a 999 call reporting that a man had fallen onto rocks in the Tynemouth area sustaining numerous injuries. Brigade members arrived on scene to discover that a man had fallen off the cliff top at Sharpness Point, between Tynemouth Long Sands and King Edward’s Bay, and landed on the rocks some 20 foot below sustaining injuries to his head, left hand and possible back injuries. The man was cared for by Brigade members until paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) arrived on scene. Working together, the Brigade members and HART paramedics placed the man on a spinal board before he was carried in the Brigade’s Basket Stretcher to a waiting ambulance which took him to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

089/12 - 24th December 15.15 IRT

Later that afternoon, HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain and also paged Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a further request from the Police to undertake an additional coastal search for the same missing man. The main focus of this search was for the Lifeboat to do a detailed investigation of the sea in the Whitley Bay area where it was thought the man may have entered the water and so the Brigade was asked to provide only a limited response mainly to be on hand should the Lifeboat locate anything of interest. Once again the Police Helicopter ‘India 99’ also carried out a search but nothing was found and all units were eventually stood down and returned to station.  

088/12 - 24th December 10.25 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, following a request from Northumbria Police to undertake a coastal search for a missing man. The depressed man had threatened to throw himself from a cliff so the majority of Brigade members were despatched to search the cliffs and high sea walls in the Whitley Bay area with other members speaking with the large numbers of general public who were out on walks on the local beaches, all who reported no sign of the missing man. After a thorough search between St. Mary’s Island and the North Tyne Pier by Brigade members, the Lifeboat, police ground units and also the Northumbria Police Helicopter ‘India 99’ found no sign of the missing man all units were stood down around midday.

087/12 - 17th December 20.40 IRT

HM Coastguard called out the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after a 999 call was made reporting that a fisherman had fallen into the River Tyne from the North Tyne Pier. After a thorough search of the area found no trace of anyone in difficulty, all Rescue Units were stood down and returned to station.

It was later confirmed that this call, and the incident on 15th December, were both malicious hoaxs and Northumbria Police have arrested and charged a man who was believed to have been the hoax caller.

086/12 - 15th December 21.08 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after a 999 call was made reporting that a man was threatening to commit suicide at the end of the North Tyne Pier. The caller claimed to be a fisherman who had found the man and shortly afterwards the line went dead and attempts to re-establish communications failed.
Brigade members arrived on scene and accompanied a Northumbria Police Officer along the Pier to search for the fisherman and the casualty. Once on the Pier they found a number of the fishermen but they all said they had not made the call and there was no sign of anyone requiring assistance. After a thorough search of the River by the Lifeboat and also Police Helicopter ‘India 99’ found nothing untoward, all Rescue Units were stood down and the call was put down as a false alarm with malicious intent.

085/12 - 12th December 15.56 IRT

Later that afternoon, HM Coastguard again paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a person near Spanish City, Whitley Bay, who had also spotted what they thought was a red flare. Brigade members again arrived on scene and spoke with the 999 caller and once again the ‘flare’ was in fact identified as the warning beacon on top of the Weather Station. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

084/12 - 12th December 08.31 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a man driving past Tynemouth Long Sands beach saw what he thought may be a red flare. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that what the man had seen was the in fact a red light mounted on the top of an unmanned Weather Station positioned a number of miles off Blyth. The station is carrying out a number of tests of the local conditions for possible future wind farm installations in that area.    

083/12 - 5th December 13.31 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a woman who had noticed a yellow object in the sea roughly a mile off Whitley Bay which she thought may be a vessel in difficulty or possibly a life-raft. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly confirmed that the object was in fact the Yellow Mine Buoy which is anchored off Whitley Bay. The call was put down as a false alarm with good intent and the Brigade members returned to station.

082/12 -1st December 18.35 IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain and informed him that a number of 4x4’s had become stuck in the sand at the south end of Blyth Beach. As no lives were in danger, and the cars were above the High Water Mark, the Coastguard was not required to send units to the incident but asked the Captain if the Brigade would be willing to attend. Three Brigade members took the Brigade Land Rover to the scene and assisted as the vehicles were towed off the Beach by a specialist 4x4 Recovery Vehicle. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance. The Brigade members were back on station and able to return to the warmth of their homes at 20.00h.

081/12 -26th November 13.34 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a lady walking her dog near St. George’s Church, at the North end of Tynemouth Longsands Beach, who could see a surfer off the North end of the beach whom she thought was in difficulty. Brigade members arrived on scene with the first informant within a few minutes of the call being made and observed at the Lifeboats, who also responded quickly, made their way towards the surfer. The Lifeboats were able to confirm that the surfer the lady could see was perfectly happy and required no assistance, and after a quick search of the area by the Brigade and the two lifeboats identified no one else in difficulty, HM Coastguard stood all units down.

080/12 -25th November 16.57 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the word ‘Mayday’ was broadcast on VHF Channel 16 – the International Distress and Ship-to-Ship Calling Channel. The Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Bridlington, ‘Humber Coastguard’, immediately replied to the call but nothing further was heard. The Coastguard then contacted a number of ships who were operating on the approach to the River Tyne, all of whom reported that they had not heard the call, which indicated it was probably made on a low-power hand-held radio. The Brigade was tasked with carrying out a search between Hartley Bay and the North Tyne Pier focusing on the local boat launching areas such as Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Haven. While this was taking place Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team carried out a search between Marsden and South Shields, also checking for any indicators that vessels may still be at sea. After 30 minutes of searching, with nothing untoward discovered, no vessels reported as overdue or missing, and with the Coastguard still receiving no response to their broadcasts on Channel 16, it was concluded that the call was likely to be a malicious hoax and all units were stood down.

079/12 -17th November 18.36 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a telephone call from two fishermen from Newcastle who had found themselves cut off by the tide near Hartley Bay. The men were rescued by the Lifeboat and brought ashore at St. Mary’s Lighthouse where they were met by Brigade members. Once back on safe land they were found to be fit and well but had lost all their fishing equipment – the men were issued with advice on how to check local tide times and then the Brigade members returned to station.  

078/12 -11th November 01.20 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 approximately 02.00h with a number of possibly hyperthermic walkers. Four Brigade members manned the site but were informed at 02.20h that they could stand down as the Landing Site was no longer required and that the Helicopter was in the process of returning to its base. Brigade members then returned to Tynemouth shortly before 03.00h and returned to the comfort of their beds.

077/12 -10th November 17.20 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving two reports of a possible Red Flare somewhere between Cullercoats Bay and St. Mary’s Island. The reports suggested that the flare may have been fired by a vessel close to the shore and so Brigade members carried out a detailed search of the area, but were hampered by the particularly dark conditions that gave a maximum visibility out to sea of 150 yards.
After roughly 30 minutes, with nothing located by the search teams, no further flares sighted and no vessels reported as missing or overdue, HM Coastguard gave permission for the Brigade to stand down.

076/12 -8th November 13.36 IRT

While three Brigade members were on a coastal patrol in the Brigade Land Rover, HM Coastguard requested that they proceed to the rocks in front of Knott’s Flats, Tynemouth, where it was reported that a man and his dog was cut off by the tide. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also paged to attend the incident with two crew members manning the boat and proceeding to the scene.
The gentleman was soon located by the Lifeboat crew but declined their offer of assistance insisting that he was perfectly happy to continue walking along the rocks even though it was high tide and his route was somewhat treacherous (for both him and his dog). The man was then spoken to by Brigade members, but again insisted that he required no further assistance and eventually was observed to walk off the rocks and back onto the mainland.

075/12 -4th November 11.24 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving information from Port of Tyne that two swimmers had been acting in an irresponsible manner swimming very close to a group of fishermen on the North Tyne Pier and had also been swimming within the shipping channel in the lower Tyne Harbour. Although no shipping had been entering or leaving the Harbour at the time, HM Coastguard requested that Brigade members speak with the swimmers and explain the dangers and potential implications of their actions.
Three Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with the swimmers, two men from Newcastle, who apologised for causing a nuisance and explained that they were experienced sea swimmers who normally swim off Tynemouth Long Sands and were swimming in the River Tyne for the first time. The Port of Tyne North Tyne Pier Watchman also spoke with the gentlemen and passed on contact numbers for the Port of Tyne Control Room and asked them to contact the Control Room before any future swims so that they could be advised on where was safe to swim and whether any shipping was due to arrive or depart.

074/12 -30th October 17.21 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a man who’s dog, a 5 year-old Jack Russell named ‘Poppy’, had fallen down a cliff half-way between St. Mary’s Island and Hartley Bay. The man, who lives in Derbyshire and was on holiday with his family staying at a local caravan park, reported to the Coastguard that he could see his dog, which appeared to be relatively unscathed from its adventure, but was unsure of how to safely get to her, particularly as it was now dark.

The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and a total of ten Brigade members arrived on scene. After a quick evaluation it was decided that a Rope Rescue was not required and instead 6 Brigade members were despatched to walk across the rocks from the causeway at St. Mary’s Island. They returned roughly 20 minutes later with ‘Poppy’, who had actually fallen asleep in the arms of the Brigade member who carried her back to safety, soon sparking back to life once she was reunited with her very relieved, and highly apologetic, owner.   

073/12 -28th October 16.07 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after the 26ft ‘Jarra Lass’ with 3 adults and 2 children on board broke down in the lower Tyne harbour. The vessel was towed to Royal Quays Marina where two Brigade Captains assisted with the mooring of the boat and then issued safety advice to the skipper after he had sailed without his VHF radio, which he had left at home, and without any lifejackets or distress flares.  

072/12 -19th October 00.40 IRT

HM Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain after receiving a telephone call reporting a Vauxhall Corsa stuck in the sand on Tynemouth Haven Beach. Two Brigade Captains arrived on scene to find that the Corsa was about to be recovered by a 4x4 owned by a friend of the owner of the Corsa. The Brigade Captains supervised the tow and then spoke with all concerned and reminded them to stick to driving on roads as apposed to sand. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.  

071/12 -10th October 12.32 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police. The Police had received a report that morning from the family of a man that had threatened to commit suicide and walked out of his home in Blyth. A short while later a pile of male clothes were located just south of Watts Slope, Whitley Bay, and the Police were concerned that the two may be linked and that the man may have entered the sea. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was mobilised and as Brigade members and the Lifeboat started a search of the area, the Police took the clothes and showed them to the family of the missing man who confirmed that they did not belong to the man.
However, after a report was received of a male acting in a strange and disorientated manner near Browns Bay, HM Coastguard asked the Brigade and the Lifeboat to carry out a thorough search of the coastal area between St. Mary’s Lighthouse and the South end of Tynemouth Longsands. This was completed shortly after 2pm and with nothing further found, and no further report to act upon, HM Coastguard stood both units down and the Brigade returned to station.

070/12 -7th October 17.05 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet the Fishing Vessel ‘Charisma’ which was due into the Fish Quay at 18.00h. The vessel had picked up a small unmanned sailing dinghy approximately 10 miles South East of the Tyne Piers. The vessel was met by three Brigade members and the 4m long topper class sailing dinghy was lifted onto the quay. After a quick investigation by the Brigade it was established that the dinghy was lost by Tynemouth Sailing Club the night before and the club arranged for the vessel to be recovered back to their base. The crew of the ‘Charisma’ were thanked for their vigilance and assistance.

069/12 -7th October 10.41 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the recovery of the fishing vessel ‘Maria’ which was being towed back into the River Tyne. As Brigade members began to assemble, the team was stood down as HM Coastguard was informed that the vessel was to be returned to its moorings at South Shields.

068/12 -30th September 14.40 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from a man staying at the Caravan Park at Old Hartley who had been watching a yacht for over 15 minutes which appeared to be experiencing severe difficulties as it tried to progress in a Southerly direction. Brigade members arrived on scene at 14.53h and spoke with the man who pointed out the yacht which had by this time turned around and sailed well over a mile as it made its way back to Blyth Harbour. The yacht was observed for a number of minutes and, as it now appeared to be safe and well and was close to reaching the Harbour, the Brigade was stood down and the first informant was thanked for his vigilance.

067/12 -22nd September 23.13 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from a fisherman on the Black Middens rocks that he could see a light at the seaward end of the North Tyne Pier which he thought was signalling ‘SOS’. Brigade members arrived on scene and walked to the end of the pier where they found four fishermen, all of who were safe and well and required no further assistance. As the fishermen had all climbed over security fences to gain access to the Pier and were trespassing on Port of Tyne property, the Brigade members asked them to leave and updated the Port of Tyne control room on the situation before walking back off the Pier and standing down at approximately 00.30h.

066/12 -19th September 18.01 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from the Police that an RAF Merlin Helicopter was due to land at the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site in Newcastle at 18.15h. The site was cleared and secured by six Brigade members with the Helicopter landing shortly after 18.30h. After a short while on the ground the Helicopter took off and returned to base and the Brigade was stood down.  

065/12 -16th September 11.36 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting a man sat on the end of the rocks opposite Marconi Point, Cullercoats, who appeared to require assistance. The Lifeboat, which was already out at sea on exercise, quickly arrived on scene and discovered that the man was in fact a diver who was very tired after completing a dive. The Lifeboat gave a man a lift back to the lifeboat station where he was found to require no further assistance and all other rescue units were stood down.

064/12 -15th September 14.13 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a family of 5 cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. Three Brigade members arrived on scene and kept watch over the group, 2 adults and 3 children from Newcastle, until the Lifeboat arrived. Once on scene the Lifeboat took the group onboard their boat and transported them back to Cullercoats Lifeboat Station. Here they were met by a Brigade member who issued them with suitable safety advice and information on how to check the local tide times, before giving two of the group a lift back to their car which was parked on the land side of the causeway at St. Mary’s.

063/12 -10th September 10.06 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the owner of a 7 year-old golden retriever called ‘Roxy’ who was swimming out to sea just north of the Queens Head Pub, Cullercoats. As Brigade members arrived on scene the dog was recovered by a member of North Tyneside Council’s Cleaning Team who was able to reach the dog from the North Pier at the Bay. It was then brought ashore by crew members of Cullercoats Lifeboat and then reunited with her grateful owner.

062/12 -8th September 16.34 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after hearing the word ‘mayday’ spoken three times in a row on VHF Channel 16 – the International Distress and Ship to Ship Calling Channel. HM Coastguard staff at the Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Bridlington, ‘Humber Coastguard’, immediately responded to the call and attempted to establish communication with the caller, but nothing further was heard. The staff at Humber were able to narrow down the area in which the radio call was made to the North Tyneside area and so the Brigade was tasked with taking up vantage points between St. Mary’s Island and the North Tyne Pier and ensuring that no boats were in any obvious signs of difficulty.
After taking up vantage points at four key locations along the coast, Seven Brigade members observed the area for around 15 minutes in which time they observed numerous small to medium size boats, none of which appeared to require any assistance. This information was then relayed to the Coastguard who then stood the Brigade down and the call was put down as a malicious hoax.

061/12 -1st September 15.57 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a total of 11 people were cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. Originally, a larger group of 15 people had realised they were cut off at around 3pm and contacted the Police who contacted HM Coastguard who did not initially send any rescue units as no lives were in danger as it was deemed that the group would be safe on the Island until the tide receded and they were able to walk back to the mainland (estimated to be possible around 7pm). However, after a father and his three children waded from the Island back across to the mainland, putting themselves at grave danger of being swept away by the strong current, HM Coastguard sent both the Lifeboat and Brigade to assess the situation and ensure no further dangerous acts took place.
Once on scene the Lifeboat agreed to take all 11 persons off the Island and returned them to their Lifeboat station in Cullercoats. Here they were met by Brigade members and Police Officers who issued them with detailed safety advice about how to check for safe crossing times to the Island. Brigade members then provided transport to ensure all involved were able to get back to their cars which were parked at the Island.
It should be stated that the 11, which was made up of 3 separate family groups, were all very apologetic for causing the callout and very grateful to the rescue teams for their assistance. They blamed the fact they had not noticed the tide coming in on a playful seal who had been entertaining them on the East side of the Island which led them to lose track of time and forget about the rising tide. Unfortunately, the seal was not available to be issued with safety advice.

060/12 -23rd August 18.40 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a family of four became cut off by the tide on St. Mary’s Island. The family, from the Wolverhampton area, had been on the island watching the local seal population and, being on the East side of the Island, had not noticed the tide come in and cover the causeway back to the main land.
Once on scene the Lifeboat put two crew members ashore who first confirmed that everyone was fit and well, which they were, and then transferred the family onto the lifeboat before taking them back to Cullercoats Bay as the tide meant that it was not possible to safely land the family on the land side of the causeway. The family was met back at the Lifeboat Station by Brigade members who explained how they could find out about the local tide times and then gave them a lift back to their car which was parked opposite St. Mary’s Island.

059/12 -18th August 14.00 IRT

While carrying out a Rope Rescue display at Cullercoats Harbour Day, Brigade members overhead Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat informing HM Coastguard that they had located a Personal Water Craft just off Cullercoats Bay with one person onboard which had broken down. HM Coastguard asked the Brigade to meet the craft as it is brought back into the Bay and this was completed by two Brigade members who issued the owner of the craft with suitable safety advice.

058/12 -14th August 18.50 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a personal water craft owner on VHF Radio Channel 16 reporting that he had been approached by a group of 5 swimmers off Tynemouth Longsands who had grave concerns for the safety of the 6th member of their group who they had lost sight of approximately 15 minutes beforehand. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out along with the All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats from Tynemouth RNLI, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer. The North Tyne RNLI Senior Beach Lifeguards, who were holding a meeting nearby, also saw the emergency services deploying to the scene and therefore launched their personal water craft held at Tynemouth Longsands and provided further manpower on the beach.
After approximately 10 minutes Cullercoats Lifeboat located a swimmer who matched the description of the missing swimmer on the Bear’s Back Rocks between Cullercoats Bay and Longsands Beach. Brigade members met up with the swimmer and after a short while it was confirmed that he was the missing swimmer. Thankfully he required no medical assistance and was most apologetic for causing the callout – he was then reunited with the rest of the group and all Rescue Units were stood down
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057/12 -11th August 16.50 IRT

While returning to station following the previous incident, Brigade members were informed by RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Whitley Bay that they had observed a small 2 metre yellow RIB with one person onboard which had broken down 200 yards offshore. Brigade members requested assistance from Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the Lifeboat quickly towed the boat back to Cullercoats Bay. Once at the Bay Brigade members spoke with the man on the boat who explained that he had suffered engine failure but thankfully was wearing a lifejacket and had a VHF radio with him.

056/12 -11th August 15.52 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who had received a call reporting a person in difficulty in the sea near the King’s Arms Pub, Seaton Sluice. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was mobilised and a thorough search of the area was carried out by Brigade members, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, RNLI Beach Lifeguards, Volunteer Lifeguards, paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service, firefighters from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police Officers and by the Northumbria Police Helicopter India 99. Despite this intensive search involving over 40 emergency service personnel, no one requiring assistance was located and attempts to speak with the first informant failed as their mobile phone was now switched off. Therefore, all units were stood down and the call was put down as a malicious hoax.

055/12 -10th August 16.35 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after the 23 foot fishing vessel ‘Claire Louise’ reported that she required assistance. The boat had broken down in the Mouth of the River Tyne and was in a position which would have caused a serious danger to shipping and so it was quickly moved to safety by the Lifeboat. The vessel was then towed to Royal Quays Marina where it was met by a Brigade member who spoke with the Skipper of the vessel who was found to have all of the required safety equipment onboard.

054/12 -9th August 16.05 IRT

While on scene at Tynemouth Longsands, A Brigade Captain was informed by the Lifeguards that they had found a child who had become separated from her parents but unfortunately the child was able to provide very little information as to where her parents may be. Brigade members stood by in case further assistance was required but thankfully, after a short while, the child’s parents were located and they were also happily reunited.

053/12 -9th August 15.59 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from RNLI Beach Lifeguards on Tynemouth Longsands Beach who were searching for a missing child who had not been seen since 15.30h. As Brigade members arrived on scene, the Lifeguards located the missing child and reunited her with her parents.

052/12 -6th August 19.37 IRT

While proceeding to the previous incident, Brigade members were asked to check on the safety of two people who had been reported as cut off by the tide on rocks opposite Sharpness Point, at the South end of Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members checked on the pair while en route to the incident at Cullercoats and found that they were in fact fishing from the rocks and were wearing waders which would allow them to reach the mainland without getting wet.

051/12 -6th August 19.34 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a number of youths had been seen to be jumping into the sea from a great height in a position just to the North of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene at the same time as Police Officers and spoke at length to four youths aged between 14-15 years about the extreme dangers of jumping into the sea in the area that they were in.

050/12 -2nd August 20.10 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the brigade to attend a report of a person in the water off the South end of Whitley Bay beach. On arrival brigade members talked to the first informant who pointed out the "person" in the water, which turned out after inspection with binoculars to be a dan buoy of a set of lobster pots. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the team was stood down.

049/12 -2nd August 14.08 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the brigade to attend a report of a capsized yacht off Tynemouth. Upon arrival brigade members found that the RNLI lifeguards on the beach had tasked a jet-ski to the yacht. It was found that the yacht was not in difficulties and the first informant was thanked for their vigilance. All units were stood down.

048/12 -25th July 07.46 IRT

HM Coastguard paged TVLB after a member of the public saw an overturned boat floating next to the old ferry landing posts on the inside of Tynemouth North Pier. After a brief search of the new ferry landing area, both Brigade members and Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene and the boat, one of the Topper sailing dinghies owned by Tynemouth Sailing Club, was quickly recovered back to the Haven beach. The trailer it had been sitting on was also recovered back to the beach. Brigade members then helped Tynemouth Sailing Club personnel to move the boat/trailer up the beach and to safely sercure both on to beach.

047/12 - 24th July 20.37 IRT

HM Coastguard paged TVLB with a request to proceed to the Tyne Bridge area when reports had been received of a person being in the river below the Tyne Bridge. Brigade members who were close to the scene responded within minutes of the call, while other member proceeded to scene with the Land Rover. The person that had entered the water was rapidly recovered by T&W Fire and Rescue boat and handed into the care of Northumbria Police. All units were stood down within 12 minutes of the initial call.

046/12 - 24th July 16.24 IRT
HM Coastguard paged TVLB with a request to identify a small boat that was apparently in difficulties off Tynemouth Long Sands beach. Upon arrival TVLB members could not identify a boat in difficulties and the first informant was not in attendance. The first informat then rang HMCG again stating that it had been two canoes in difficulty but they had been recovered safely to the shore. It then transpired that there were also some people in difficulty on the rocks below Sharpness point, this was not the case as members were on scene and no one could be identified in difficulties. False alarm.

045/12 - 17th July 17.22 IRT
Paged by HM Coastguard to keep watch over another boat that had broken down this time about 2 miles off Cullercoats. Brigade member stood by as Tynemouth All-Weather Lifeboat proceeded to tow the fishing boat the "Diablo" back to her berth at the Royal Quays Marina. Once there brigade members again collected details and issued further suitable safety advice.

044/12 - 17th July 12.22 IRT

Paged by HM Coastguard to keep watch on a broken down boat 1.5 miles SE of St Mary's Island. Brigade members stood by on scene while Blyth Rescue Lifeboat towed the vessel "The Challenge", a blue 35ft coble with 3 persons on board back to it's home port of Blyth. The cause of the breakdown was a flat battery.  Brigade member met the boat at around 14.45 hrs, collected the relevant details and issued suitable safety advice.

043/12 - 14th July 12.31 IRT

HM Coastguard paged TVLB to man the RVI helicopter landing site for the arrival of RAF Boulmer Rescue Helicopter 131. The helicopter was bringing a 12 y.o. boy from the Lake District who had been walking with his father and had fallen about 200 ft and sustained head injuries. The helicopter successfully landed and the young man was safely transferred to hospital, Brigade members then helped transferring the helicopter personnel and equipment back to the helicopter.

042/12 - 1st July 08.16 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a kayaker who explained that another kayaker who he was with had fallen off his kayak and was unable to climb back on. The kayaker gave their position as approximately ½ a mile South of St. Mary’s Island and 1 mile offshore. The Lifeboat launched within minutes of the call with Brigade members making their way to a suitable vantage point to keep a watch on the kayakers until they were rescued. Once on scene the Lifeboat took both kayakers onboard and returned them to Cullercoats Bay. Once at the Bay they were met by Brigade members who confirmed that they did not require any medical assistance, issued suitable safety advice and then gave one of the group a lift back to their car so that they could recover their kayakers.
It later transpired that the man fell out of his kayak after trying to reach a bottle of water which was positioned behind where he was sitting.

041/12 - 28th June 20.30 IRT

Part-way through the journey back to station, a further report was received of people in difficulty in the floodwater near the Beehive Pub and so the Brigade returned to the scene. Once on scene it was confirmed that one person had been rescued by Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team and the other person was found to be safe and well by Brigade members. The Brigade then finally returned to station at 21.30h.

040/12 - 28th June 20.11 IRT

As the Brigade members in the Brigade Land Rover prepared to return to station, they overhead communications between HM Coastguard and Newbiggin and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Teams advising that two persons were reported to be in difficulty in flood water on the Beehive Road near the Beehive pub. As it was unclear as to where exactly the people were, Blyth and Newbiggin approached the scene from the Whitley Bay end of the road with the Brigade dispatched to the Earsdon end. After travelling through some significant flood water, the Brigade arrived on scene to find that the people had been safely recovered and were with the two Coastguard Rescue Teams. After assisting two motorists who had got stuck in the flood water on the Beehive Road, the Brigade members then started the long journey back to station.

039/12 - 28th June 19.07 IRT

While assisting a motorist in Whitley Bay, HM Coastguard contacted the Brigade and requested that they investigate a report of three boats coming lose from their moorings and floating down the River Tyne near the Redheugh Bridge. As it was nearly impossible for the Brigade Land Rover to reach the scene due to the flooding, a Brigade member who lives on the west side of Newcastle was dispatched to the scene. However, despite travelling for over 40 minutes, the member was stood down after Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat dealt with the incident.

038/12 - 28th June 17.10 IRT

After witnessing flash flooding throughout North Tyneside, three Brigade members headed out in the Brigade Land Rover and assisted numerous motorists whose vehicles had become stuck in flood water.

037/12 - 18th June 19.30 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that two of their officers had spotted a group of 4 teenagers who were swimming in the water near Browns Bay, were shouting loudly at each other and may have been in need of assistance. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene to find the 4 youths safely out of the water and now receiving some strict safety advice from one of the Police Officers. Although they were in no difficulty, the lads were reminded that it was easy for members of the public to misinterpret their shouting for cries of help and they accepted the need to think more about their actions in the future. After politely accepting their warning, the four left the scene and the Brigade returned to station.

036/12 - 8th June 11.12 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a vessel stuck in the mud near Newburn. As a Brigade Section Leader made his way towards the scene he came across another vessel which had also become stuck in the mud. This vessel was owned by local Sea Cadets who explained that it had slipped its moorings during bad weather the night before but that they were well prepared to recover it and required no further assistance at that time. After meeting up with the first informant and additional Brigade members, the source of the original call was located which was a yacht stuck in the mud on the South side of the River. Officers from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were already on scene and carried out a mud rescue to take the occupants of the yacht to safety.
With all persons safely accounted for, and no further reports of any vessels in difficulty, the Brigade members stood down around 12.20h.

035/12 - 8th June 06.55 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a gentleman parked near St. Mary’s Island had reported hearing two gun-shot-like noises which may have come from the sea and that he had reported that he could also see a fishing boat that he was unsure if anyone was onboard.
A Brigade Captain arrived on scene, spoke with the first informant and then looked at the fishing vessel in question using binoculars and confirmed that there was at least one person onboard the boat who appeared to require no assistance. The man was then seen to handle some fishing pots which confirmed that all was well. The first informant was thanked for his vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent. The source of the noises the man heard was never confirmed. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

034/12 - 4th June 16.03 IRT

While on a coastal patrol, Brigade members were paged by HM Coastguard who had received a report from the Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service that a number of members of the public may be cut off by the tide at the South end of Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene a minute after the page and quickly confirmed that all persons were accounted for.
Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, RNLI Beach Lifeguards and officers from Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service and the Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.

033/12 - 29th May 12.32 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a boat had sank in the River Tyne, approximately 1 ½ miles upriver of the Redheugh Bridge, sending the sole occupant of the boat into the river where he was attempting to swim back to shore. As Brigade members headed towards our Watch House to collect the Land Rover, a Brigade Section Leader arrived on scene 3 minutes after the page and discovered that officers from Northumbria Police had thrown the man a life ring and their own throw lines with which the man safely made it back to shore. Northumbria Police Helicopter India 99, units from the North East Ambulance Service, and fire engines and the fire boat from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.
Once the man was confirmed as out of the water the Brigade Land Rover and the Lifeboat were stood down and returned to station.

032/12 - 26th May 19.01 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of 2 people cut off by the tide on St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a watch on the couple until the Lifeboat arrived a short while later. After speaking with the couple, the Lifeboat crew informed HM Coastguard and the Brigade that the pair were on the Island to monitor a number of injured seals and had come equipped with clothes and supplies to sustain themselves until the tide level dropped and they could walk off the Island. They explained that this was the fourth night in a row that they had done this and, after thanking the Lifeboat crew for the offer of a lift back to the mainland, they returned to their spot on the Island and resumed observing the seals. The Lifeboat and the Brigade then stood down and returned to their respective stations.

031/12 - 26th May 16.11 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of 3 people possibly cut off by the tide to the North of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and established that two teenagers had been stuck on a rock and calling for help, which was what alerted the first informant, but had then managed to return to the shore unaided before the Brigade or the Lifeboat arrived on scene. With this information, and as the pair were none-the-worse for their brief misfortune, the Brigade and the Lifeboat were stood down and returned to station.

030/12 - 25th May 17.05 IRT

Later in the patrol, the team observed a 4x4 which had become stuck in the sand at Cullercoats Bay and had now been engulfed by the rising tide to such an extent that attempting a recovery using the Brigade Land Rover was no longer a viable option.  A Brigade Captain contacted colleagues in Cullercoats RNLI and asked if they may be able to attend and use their tractor, normally used to launch their Lifeboat, to attempt to recover the vehicle to the beach. A short while later the tractor arrived and, with help from Brigade members and Lifeboat crew, a tow line was attached to the 4x4 and it was pulled onto the beach. From there, the Brigade Land Rover towed it to the top of the ramp where it could be recovered by the owner. Before leaving the scene the Brigade Land Rover returned to the beach and recovered the 4x4 owner’s Personal Water Craft, which he had been trying to recover from the sea when he originally got stuck, to the top of the bank.

029/12 - 25th May 12.30 IRT

While on a coastal patrol at the North end of Whitley Bay, Brigade members noticed a large group of people gathering on the promenade in front of the car park by the Nature Reserve at St. Mary’s Island. On investigation Brigade members discovered that a car had gone through the railings and overturned, landing on the rocks some 15 feet below. Brigade members quickly confirmed that thankfully the car had been empty at the time it had gone through the railings and no one had been hurt in the incident. HM Coastguard was informed and additional support was requested from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police and North Tyneside Council. The car was eventually recovered to the promenade and then removed from the scene and a temporary railing was installed to replace the 15-20 foot of railings which had been damaged when the car went through them.
It later transpired that the car was a hire car being used by a 65 year-old American tourist who was in the area as he was visiting a relation in Newcastle. The man had parked the car in the car park by the Nature Reserve and got out to buy a parking ticket, but had not put the handbrake on.  The car then rolled out of the car park, across the road, down the bank, onto the promenade and then through the railings and onto the rocks below.

028/12 - 24th May 15.40 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of members of the public possibly cut off by the tide at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. As a Brigade member made his way towards the scene he noticed that there were in fact two people cut off by the tide on the Bear’s Back Rocks, to the South of Cullercoats Bay. The Brigade member requested the launch of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat as he noticed that the two people were now attempting to make their way back onto the mainland. Despite instructions to remain on the island until the Lifeboat launched, the pair continued onto the mainland where they were met by Brigade members and issued with suitable safety advice. While this was taking place, further Brigade members investigated the original report of people cut off at Sharpness Point which was found to be people playing in the rock pools and in no need of assistance.

027/12 - 23rd May 13.48 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that two members of the public had become cut off by the tide on the Bear’s Back Rocks, just to the South of Cullercoats Bay.  A Brigade member arrived on scene to find that the two casualties, a male and female in their 20’s, had started to wade back across to the mainland. Despite the Brigade members attempt to get them to wait on the rocks to be safely recovered by the Lifeboat which was about to arrive on scene, the couple continued to wade through the sea and thankfully successfully made it back to land. Once here they were issued with suitable safety advice by the Brigade member before they then left the scene.

026/12 - 22nd May 14.07 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to investigate if any vessels were visible near the Mouth of the River Tyne which required assistance after they overheard a partial message which suggested a boat may have broken down in that area. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the vessel ‘Trustful 2’ reported that it had taken the ‘Surulyg’, with 3 persons on board, under tow as it had indeed broken down South of the South Tyne Pier. The vessel was taken by ‘Trustful 2’ to Royal Quays Marina where it was met by a Brigade member who gathered all the necessary information and issued the skipper of the ‘Surulyg’ with suitable safety advice focusing on the need to carry an effective VHF Radio onboard his boat.

025/12 - 18th May 20.15 IRT + BRT

As there was still no sign of the missing man from the previous callout, the Brigade’s Backup Response Team and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade again deployed to carry out a search of the rocks on either side of the River mouth at low tide. A detailed and methodical search took place with the Brigade using the Searchlight located in the South Tower of the Brigade Watch House to illuminate the area. At 22.00h, with nothing further located and the tide now back on the rise, it was agreed with HM Coastguard to terminate the search and all units returned to station.

024/12 - 18th May 15.50 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Port of Tyne that their Watchman positioned on the South Tyne Pier had witnessed a man walking down steps part-way along the South Pier and climbing into the River before swimming a short distance. The Watchman then lost sight of the man.
The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and a total of 17 Brigade members carried out multiple searches of the area between the mouth of the River Tyne and North Shields Fish Quay. In addition to the Brigade, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade carried out similar searches along the South Tyne Pier and on the beaches both on the inside and outside of the Pier. Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats were also deployed and carried out a detailed search of the River with assistance from the Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter ‘Collingwood’. RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer and Northumbria Police Helicopter India 99 carried out multiple aerial searches of the area and Police Units were deployed on the South side of the River.
Despite all these resources, no further sighting of the man was made and the search was eventually stood down at 19.00h.

023/12 - 14th May 14.50 IRT

While returning to station after completing a Sea Safety talk at Marine Park First School Nursery, Brigade members travelling in the Brigade Land Rover were flagged down by a number of off-duty Police officers who were attending to a male who had been involved in a road traffic accident on Grand Parade, Tynemouth. The man, who had been driving his car, had suffered minor cuts and bruises and possible cardiac problems after his car crashed into the Zebra Crossing. Once on scene, Brigade members provided First Aid care to the gentleman, informed HM Coastguard of the incident and requested an ambulance.

A short while later the ambulance arrived on scene and the man was taken to the Freeman Hospital for further assessment and treatment.  

022/12 - 12th May 14.52 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist members of Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) who were investigating a report of a possible missing surfer off Blyth Beach. Blyth CRT had been on scene since 14.15h and, although there was a report that the surfer may have already recovered himself safely to the shore, it was agreed to request assistance from the Brigade, Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to carry out a thorough search of the area. Along with Coastguard resources, Northumbria Police Ground Units and their Air Support Unit India 99, and RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer were also sent to the scene.
A detailed search of the area was carried out, and although other surfers in the area confirmed that they had seen a surfer possibly in difficulty sometime before, it was determined that had the surfer still been in the sea he would have been located by at least one of the rescue resources and the most likely outcome was that the surfer recovered himself to the shore before the first units arrived on scene and therefore all units were stood down.

021/12 - 6th May 02.19 IRT

HM Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to send a team to the Tyne Bridge where a report had been received of a male threatening to jump off the Bridge into the River Tyne. As a team was being put together HM Coastguard stood the Brigade down as further information was received confirming that the report was a false alarm with good intent as the incident was actually two people trying to take photographs of each other on the Bridge.

020/12 - 1st May 17.56 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a yacht was being launched from the beach at Cullercoats Bay and that those launching the yacht were making very little progress with the yacht in danger of sinking on the beach. A Brigade member was on scene within 30 seconds of the call and quickly informed HM Coastguard that he was the only person on Cullercoats Bay! After a quick search of the local area by the Brigade drew up no sign of any yachts in difficulty, and with HM Coastguard now unable to make contact with the first informant, the Brigade was stood down and the call was put down as a malicious hoax.

018/12 - 20th April 12.10 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a yacht had gone aground on the River Tyne near Hebburn Offshore Technology Park. The yacht was brought to safety and towed into St Peters Marina by another vessel where it was met by Brigade members. Once all persons were accounted for the Brigade and the Lifeboat were stood down and returned to their respective stations.

018/12 - 11th April 22.04 IRT

Roughly an hour after the conclusion of the previous incident, the Brigade was again called out and tasked to attend a report of a male threatening to jump off the Scotswood Bridge. Nine Brigade members arrived on scene and were preparing a rescue plan with other emergency services when the gentleman climbed back over the fence and left the scene in the care of Northumbria Police. As with the previous incident, the Fire Boat and Fire Engines’ from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service along with the North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance at this incident.

017/12 - 11th April 20.03 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a female stood on the wrong side of the railings on the Redheugh Bridge. Brigade members arrived on scene and stood by as the lady was spoken to by a negotiator from Northumbria Police. After approximately 30 minutes the lady was secured into a harness by Line Rescue Specialists from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service before climbing back onto the pavement and leaving the scene in the care of the Police. At this point the Brigade left the scene and returned to station shortly after 9pm. The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Fire Boat and units from the North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance at this incident.  

016/12 - 9th April 15.13 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to keep observations on, and collect the details of, a vessel which had broken down opposite Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station. As Brigade members arrived on scene they were given permission to stand down as the vessel had been brought to safety by the Lifeboat.

015/12 - 8th April 15.29 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a total of seven people cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island with concerns that they may attempt to cross back to the mainland. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed as the Lifeboat recovered all seven casualties, which included a young child, before landing them at Seaton Sluice Harbour. Once at the Harbour the group were issued with suitable safety advice before being given a lift back to their cars at St. Mary’s Island by officers from Northumbria Police. One team member from Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team also attended this incident and assisted with vehicle access to the Harbour.  

014/12 - 2nd April 19.39 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade for the second time in a day with a request to investigate a report received via 999 that a yacht was in difficulty and taking on water off King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and identified only one yacht in the area which was the Training Vessel ‘James Cook’ which appeared to be sailing without incident to the North. HM Coastguard spoke with the vessel via VHF Radio and they confirmed that all was well onboard. With no other vessels visible, and HM Coastguard now unable to re-establish contact with the first informant, the Brigade was stood down and the call put down as a false alarm with good intent.

013/12 - 2nd April 13.54 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to carry out a search after they had received a report of a person possibly in difficulties somewhere in the Cullercoats or Tynemouth area. A text message had been sent to a  999 system designed to be used predominantly by people who are hard of hearing reporting a person in difficulty somewhere in those areas but attempts to establish further communication with the first informant by HM Coastguard had failed. Adopting a ‘safety first’ approach, the Brigade was asked to check the local beaches to ensure no one required any further assistance while further attempts were made to communicate with the initial caller.  
Four Brigade members searched King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth Long Sands and Cullercoats Bay with nothing untoward found. With HM Coastguard still unable to gain any further information or response from the first informant the Brigade was given permission to stand down and the call was put down as a malicious hoax.

012/12 - 29th March 19.07 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a telephone call from a man who had just returned to the shore at the south end of Tynemouth Long Sands following a kayaking trip where he had noticed a group of youths on the small beach to the east of the old outdoor swimming pool on Long Sands. The beach was in the process of being cut off from the mainland due to the high tide and the man was concerned for the group’s safety.
Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with a group of teenagers who confirmed that they had been on the beach but had managed to climb back up the cliff and onto the swimming pool – they were issued with safety advice about the dangers of climbing cliffs. A further group of youths who were also acting dangerously on the rocks between Tynemouth Long Sands and King Edward’s Bay were also spoken with by Brigade members and persuaded to return to the safety of the shore.

011/12 - 28th March 19.37 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the concerned friend of a man who was on the River Tyne on an inflatable kayak and had not been seen for over an hour. The man, who was using the kayak for the first time, had been seen near the River mouth by his friend, who was also on a kayak, and his friend had then returned to shore and lost sight of the man prompting the call to the emergency services.
Brigade members, who were already at our Watch House preparing for our weekly training night, split into two teams with one group heading to North Shields Fish Quay to meet the first informant while the other made their way to the North Tyne Pier where a kayaker had been spotted. The Brigade members on the Pier quickly confirmed that the missing male was the gentleman they had located who, apart from being a little cold, was otherwise O.K. He explained that he had spent the last hour paddling near the Pier and was now starting to get a little tired.
Once the Lifeboat arrived on scene they offered the man a lift back to the Fish Quay which he duly accepted. The man was then reunited with his friends before being issued with suitable safety advice by Brigade members as he had no safety equipment whatsoever onboard his kayak and was not wearing suitable clothing for his adventure.

010/12 - 25th March 16.42 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend St. Mary’s Island where a man and woman from the Washington area had become cut off from the mainland by the rising tide. Once Brigade members arrived on scene they evaluated the situation and requested the launch of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat as it was going to be close to 8pm before the couple could safely cross the causeway and the air temperature was expected to drop significantly in that time frame leading to the risk of hypothermia as the casualties were wearing only light clothing.
The Lifeboat arrived on scene four minutes after launching and quickly recovered the couple before landing them safely ashore and into the care of Brigade members who issued them with advice about how to check local tide times.

009/12 - 16th March 19.06 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving multiple reports of a fire close to Cullercoats Bay. The source of the fire was unknown and there was some concern that it may have been a yacht on fire.
Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly located a group of people who had lit a fire in one of the caves in the centre of the beach. After a thorough search of the surrounding area was carried out by Brigade members and the Lifeboat, it was confirmed that the fire on the beach had been the source of the calls and the incident was put down as a false alarm with good intent.
To prevent further calls, the fire was later extinguished using buckets of water from the Lifeboat Station.

008/12 - 3rd March 04.23 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a man had fallen from the Millennium Bridge landing in the River Tyne.  As Brigade members arrived on scene, the casualty was rescued from the side of the River by the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Boat and handed into the care of paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service.

007/12 - 20th February 17.10 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat at North Shields Fish Quay where she was towing two trawlers back to safety after they had both broken down.
Firstly, the 12-metre long ‘Trustful’ had broken down 8 miles from the Tyne Piers when her fishing net become entangled in her propellers. As another trawler, ‘Good Fellowship’, went to her aid she suffered engine failure after a rope became stuck around her propellers. The Lifeboat was then requested and towed both vessels to the Quay where they were met by Brigade members who assisted with the berthing of both vessels and checked that they carried all the appropriate safety equipment, which they did.

006/12 - 16th February 08.45 IRT

Later that morning, a Brigade Captain received a report from the Brigade Historian that while out for an early morning walk he had discovered two pairs of shoes and two sets of underpants neatly piled up at the South end of Cullercoats Bay above the high-water mark. Upon investigation it was found that the clothes were wet and therefore it was assumed that the belongings had been abandoned after being worn in the sea during a late-night dip. HM Coastguard was informed of the find and subsequently spoke with Northumbria Police. As no persons had been reported missing, and all signs pointed to the items being abandoned after the owners had come out of the sea, HM Coastguard decided to carry out no further action while the matter was further investigated by the Police.

005/12 - 16th February 04.05 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service that a man had climbed part-way up the superstructure of the Tyne Bridge and was threatening to jump off. Brigade members arrived on scene and stood by as officers from Northumbria Police spoke with the man. At around 04.45h the man agreed to be assisted off the Bridge and was carefully transferred into the basket of a Fire Service high-level platform before being safely returned to the ground. He was then taken into the care of Northumbria Police and the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

004/12 - 1st February 15.20 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a concerned member of the public who could see a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) near a catamaran which appeared to have capsized placing a number of people in the sea. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the persons in the water were recovered and brought ashore near Tynemouth RNLI Station. Here, a number of them were taken to hospital by private car while one crewmember was taken into the Lifeboat Station and checked over by Lifeboatmen who happened to be at the station.  One Brigade member was requested by HM Coastguard to attend the Lifeboat Station to ensure that all persons were accounted for, which they were, while the other team members took up a vantage point and kept a safety watch over the RIB as it returned out to sea and, escorted by the Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter ‘Collingwood’ and HMS Explorer, recovered the capsized catamaran. Once the RIB had returned to the safety of the River the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

003/12 - 29th January 01.56 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a male may be attempting to swim across the River Tyne from the Tynemouth/North Shields area to South Shields. Brigade members arrived at Tynemouth Sailing Club where they found the first informant who explained that the missing male had last been seen at 01.30h stating his intention to swim the River and had consumed a large amount of alcohol.
As a search of the area was about to commence, the man entered Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station by climbing up the ladder-steps from underneath the Lifeboat Station and straight into their base.  Here he made himself known to the Lifeboat crew, and although he took them somewhat by surprise, he was cared for and looked after until officers from Northumbria Police arrived and he was handed over into their care.

002/12 - 8th January 00.10 IRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public, who was parked in his car near the Cullercoats VHF aerial mast between St. Mary’s Island and Hartley Bay, who reported seeing a succession of approximately 15 bright white lights exploding in the sky over a period of about 10 minutes. The location the man gave for where the lights were put them roughly in the position of the Ordnance Buoy which is anchored 1 mile off the Whitley Bay Coastline.
Four Brigade members arrived on scene, spoke with the first informant and carried out a detailed search of the area with nothing found. A number of other members of the public were spoken to by Brigade members and they all reported seeing no lights in the sky out to sea. While this was taking place, HM Coastguard carried out a number of radio broadcasts to shipping in the local area with nothing untoward reported. With no vessels reported as overdue, and with nothing found during the search, the first informant was thanked for his vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

001/12 - 6th January 23.48 IRT + BRT

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from the North East Ambulance Service that a man had been seen to jump off the Tyne Bridge into the River Tyne. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and seven Brigade members made their way towards the scene.
Once on scene, Brigade members discovered that a number of members of the public had watched the man land in the River at around 23.10h and then float face down up river for approximately 200 metres before slipping under the surface. Despite a detailed search by Brigade members and the Lifeboat, no trace of the man was found and both units were stood down shortly before 1am.
Officers from Northumbria Police, the Northumbria Police Helicopter, paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team and ground units and the Fire Boat from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.

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