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

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Initial Response Team Calls - 115           Backup Response Team Calls - 6

115/13 - 30th December 16.15 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting that a surfer may be in difficulty close to the shore opposite Sharpness Point, an area of land between Tynemouth Longsands and King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a visual on the casualty as the Lifeboat launched from its base at Cullercoats. Once on scene the Lifeboat spoke with the surfer who confirmed that he required no assistance and would return to the shore shortly. At the request of the Coastguard, Brigade members stayed on scene until the surfer came ashore and then spoke with the man, who apologised for the inconvenience he had caused and explained that he had been happily enjoying his surf until the lifeboat arrived. Before standing down Brigade members spoke with the first informant and thanked them for their vigilance in making the call, which will be marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

114/13 - 22nd December 14.13 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a fisherman on the South Tyne Pier who was observing two kayakers who he thought were struggling in the heavy sea conditions to enter the River and return to Tynemouth Haven Beach, where they had launched from earlier in the day. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the kayakers, who were part of a large party of kayakers from a local club and all of whom had lifejackets, VHF Radios and emergency flare packs onboard their kayaks, as they instead headed to Tynemouth Long Sands where they were able to paddle onto the beach without any further incident. Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team were also present at this incident and assisted the Brigade by relaying VHF radio messages to the Coastguard as the Brigade were having some difficulties in broadcasting messages which were caused by location and the local weather conditions.  

113/13 - 17th December 22.52 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of a woman threatening to jump into the River Tyne at Royal Quays Marina. As Brigade members were about to arrive on scene, Northumbria Police informed the Coastguard that the lady was safe and that they had taken her into custody. At this point the Brigade and the Lifeboat were stood down.

112/13 - 14th December 21.28 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a man stood on the wrong side of the railings on the east side of the Tyne Bridge. As Brigade members arrived on scene they were informed by officers from Northumbria Police that the casualty was safe and was now in their custody. Other units in attendance at this incident included Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat & North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team.

111/13 - 11th December 11.54 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with an urgent request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer was due to land at 12.10h. The site was cleared and manned by three Brigade members who stood by as the Helicopter waited for equipment and crew members to be returned following an earlier incident in the Sunderland area which had culminated with the Helicopter transferring a casualty to Newcastle RVI. The Helicopter left the landing site just after 12.30pm at which point the Brigade stood down.

110/13 - 30th November 07.09 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who were responding to reports that a body had been found on the high water mark at the south end of Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene and stood by as officers from Northumbria Police investigated the scene and paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service prepared the casualty to be recovered. The Brigade Land Rover was then used to recover the casualty from the beach to Watts Slope where the casualty was then transferred to an awaiting ambulance.

109/13 - 25th November 12.30 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from a member of the public that a man was cut off by the tide on the Bears Back Rocks, to the south of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and identified that the man was in fact fishing, was in no immediate danger, and required no further assistance. The member of the public was thanked for their vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.    

108/13 - 18th November 04.53 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer was due to land at 05.25h. The helicopter, which was inbound with a casualty from a North Sea Oil Rig, landed on time and Brigade members assisted in carrying the man from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance which then took him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for further assessment and treatment.   

107/13 - 15th November 11.24 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a man was standing on the wrong side of the railings on the lower promenade beneath the High Point Hotel, at the south end of Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find the casualty still stood on the wrong side of the railings and in the company of officers from Northumbria Police. Due to the proximity of the casualty to the sea, the Brigade requested the immediate launch of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat via Humber Coastguard. A short while later the casualty was taken into the care of the Police, and then both the Brigade and the Lifeboat, which was in the process of launching, were allowed to stand down.  

106/13 - 9th November 00.49 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving multiple 999 calls reporting that a man had fallen between a fishing vessel and the stone wall of a quay at Royal Quays Marina, ending up wedged between the two. The casualty was rescued from the marina by the lifeboat crew and then brought to a pontoon where he received immediate first aid attention. Using a Brigade stretcher, a joint operation then took place between Brigade members, Lifeboat crew, Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Services Hazardous Area Response Team, Firefighters from the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police Officers to care for the casualty and then remove him from the pontoon to an awaiting ambulance. The casualty was then taken to hospital in a critical condition.  

Despite the best efforts of all those involved in rescuing the casualty, he died in hospital at around 3am. The Brigade expresses its deepest sympathies to the friends and families of the man.

105/13 - 4th November 13.38 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a SAT-C Distress Alert from a fishing vessel. The distress alert had been detected by Falmouth Coastguard, who have specialist monitoring equipment designed to pick up such calls, and had also been detected by other Coastguard control rooms, including one based in Russia. The location of the vessel was given as Royal Quays Marina and so Brigade members were despatched to the marina to investigate the source of the call and to see if any assistance was required. Brigade members spoke with the crew of the vessel, who were from the Philippines, and it was established that the alert had been transmitted in error, which was believed to have occurred when they had changed the batteries on of the ships radios. With no further assistance required, the Brigade was stood down.

104/13 - 30th October 15.19 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request from the North East Ambulance Service to assist with an incident where someone had been thrown from a horse on Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene to find two members of a local university's riding club had been thrown from separate horses. The casualties were being treated by a paramedic, with one sustaining a suspected broken arm and the other being treated for lower back pain.  The Brigade’s Land Rover arrived on scene and transported the casualties from the centre of the beach to an awaiting Ambulance on the north ramp. The casualties were assessed and one was taken to hospital for further treatment.

103/13 - 26th October 20.45 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a member of the public who was at King Edwards Bay and could see a number of lights on rocks which she thought may be a person signalling for help. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the source of the lights were in fact fishermen, who were safe and well, and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.  

102/13 - 26th October 10.20 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the skipper of a 24 foot boat which had suffered mechanical and electrical difficulties, leaving him drifting in the River Tyne, near the South Shields Ferry Landing. The Tyne Pilot Cutter ‘Collingwood’ was close by and stood by the vessel until the Lifeboat arrived on scene and then towed the vessel back towards its berth at CJ Marine, Howdon. Once at the berth, a Brigade member spoke with the man on board to ascertain the details of what had happened and to check that he had all the necessary safety equipment aboard his boat, which he did, and then both the Brigade and the Lifeboat returned to their respective stations.

101/13 - 24th October 16.00 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a woman had fallen on rocks to the north of King’s Edward Bay and had suffered a suspect broken ankle. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the casualty was already being rescued by fire-fighters from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service and officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at the incident. Once the lady had been recovered from the rocks and transferred to an ambulance, the Brigade then stood down.

100/13 - 24th October 07.55 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a member of the public who was near the mouth of the River Tyne and believed she could see a boat which was using a bright light to flash ‘SOS’ while a red flare was also visible above the vessel, which the woman believed to be located somewhere near St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and, based on the information the informant had provided to the Coastguard, worked out that the ‘light’ that had been spotted was in fact the Ordnance Buoy located off Whitley Bay Beach and the ‘red flare’ was in fact the red light located on the top of the Weather Station which is currently anchored some 8 miles east of Blyth Harbour. The call was put down as a false alarm with good intent and the Brigade members then stood down.

099/13 - 9th October 11.17 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a member of the public stating that they were considering entering the sea in an attempt to rescue their dog. The dog had run away from the owner on the beach to the north of St. Mary’s Island, and was now roaming around the beach, while occasionally running into and out of the sea, which was causing the owner and his partner great distress.
Once on scene, two Brigade members successfully coaxed the dog out of the sea and back to its owners, who were very grateful for the Brigade’s help. Humber Coastguard was informed that the dog was now safe and the Brigade was then stood down.

098/13 - 6th October 12.28 IRT

While team members carried out Rope Rescue Training, Humber Coastguard contacted them with a request to keep a visual on a 25 foot fishing vessel which had suffered engine failure and was being towed back into the River Tyne by another vessel. After approximately 10 minutes, and with the vessels just a short distance from the Piers, the crew onboard the casualty vessel managed to fix their engine and decided to resume fishing and so the Brigade was freed by Humber Coastguard to resume their training.

097/13 - 5th October 16.35 IRT

Humber 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 teenage boy had fallen on rocks at Marconi Point, just to the North of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the casualty, who had consumed a large amount of alcohol, was in a serious condition and he received immediate medical attention from two Fire-fighters.  Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested and they removed two friends of the casualty, who were intoxicated but unharmed, off the rocks and back to safety at the Lifeboat Station. The casualty was then stabilised and placed on a stretcher by paramedics from the North East Ambulance Services Hazardous Area Response Team before being brought up the cliff and to safety by Fire-fighters from the Fire Service’s specialist Line Rescue Team. Brigade members remained on scene and assisted the Fire Service until the casualty had been recovered to the cliff top and he was then taken to hospital by the paramedics.

096/13 - 5th October 13.36 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Freeman Hospital Helicopter Landing Site as RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was considering taking a male casualty suffering from a heart condition to the hospital. As Brigade members made their way towards the Landing Site in the Brigade Land Rover, Humber Coastguard informed them that they could stand down as the casualty had instead been admitted to Wansbeck Hospital.

095/13 - 1st October 19.48 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a concerned member of the public who had found a bag with a change of clothes and various other belongings in the middle of the Tynemouth Long Sands with every indication that the bag belonged to a surfer. Conditions on the beach were now poor with visibility down to around 100 yards due to the onset of nightfall and a strong surf still running into the beach raising the possibility that a surfer may be in difficulty.
Brigade members arrived on scene and had just started a detailed examination of the bag when a surfer was spotted coming out of the sea and he was quickly confirmed as the owner of the bag. Brigade members explained to the surfer at great length the risk of surfing in the dark and also the implications of leaving his bag unattended on the beach. The surfer apologised for any inconvenience caused and promptly left the beach with the Brigade then standing down.   

094/13 - 23rd September 18.03 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a bag containing a coat and a change of clothes were found by 2 members of the public outside Cullercoats Lifeboat Station. The couple had seen a teenage boy swimming near the Bay at 17.40h and were concerned that the bag belonged to the child and that he may have got into difficulty while in the sea. Brigade members arrived on scene within 2 minutes of the page and quickly located the boy who had earlier been swimming in the Bay, who was safe and well, and he then confirmed that the abandoned bag was his. Brigade members explained to him how the incident had come about and he apologised for the time that had been wasted by all involved. The Brigade and the Lifeboat crew were then stood down.  

093/13 - 21st September 20.05 IRT

Humber Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to attend St. Mary’s Island to check on the welfare of a group of four elderly people who had been seen to make their way towards the Island, but had not been seen to return to the mainland. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a thorough search of the Island with no one in difficulty located and, with Humber Coastguard receiving no reports of anyone requiring assistance, it was assumed that the group had returned safely to the mainland and the Brigade was stood down.

092/13 - 20th September 17.45 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a personal water craft had broken down off Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept watch as the craft was brought back to safety at the Bay.

091/13 - 8th September 17.00 IRT

While team members were on a coastal patrol, Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from a member of the public that they could see a personal water craft off Browns Bay which appeared to have broken down. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a visual on the craft as the Lifeboat, and a RNLI Lifeguard Personal Water Craft, made their way towards the scene. However, just as the rescue resources reached the stricken craft it became apparent that the craft was not in fact broken down and the man onboard started the crafts engine and made his way back to Cullercoats Bay, escorted all the way by the Lifeboat. Once at the Bay, Brigade members spoke with the man onboard who explained that he had just been resting on his craft and had been waving at his friend who was in the area on another personal water craft. Brigade members explained that these waves, and his lack of movement, had attracted the attention of a member of the public and the incident was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

090/13 - 7th September 20.58 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after they received a report of a red flare over Whitley Bay. Two Brigade members carried out a detailed search of the local area and found nothing untoward and the incident was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

089/13 - 7th September 18.30 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting three persons cut off by the tide at King Edward’s Bay. On arrival, Brigade members observed 3 young men sat on the rocks at the south end of the Bay, and although the men were cut off by the tide, they were sat some way above the high water mark. Two crew members from the Lifeboat swam ashore and spoken to the three who were aware of their circumstances and were happy that they were in no immediate danger, were intending to stay in their present location until the tide went out and they stated that they did not require any further assistance. The two crew members of the Lifeboat then returned to their boat and all rescue units were stood down.

088/13 - 7th September 17.37 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a teenager was in difficulty in the sea near Browns Bay. On arrival, Brigade members found that a 14 year-old casualty was in the water being supported by a life-ring thrown from the promenade by a member of the public and by a surfer who had gone to the aid of the youth. Brigade members directed the Lifeboat towards the casualty and they quickly recovered him from the water and returned him to their Lifeboat Station at Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members then kept watch on the surfer who made his own way back to shore. The casualty was treated by Lifeboat crew and a paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service at the Lifeboat Station and was eventually released back into the care of his parents approximately an hour later. Officers from Northumbria Police and RNLI Beach Lifeguards were also in attendance at this incident.

087/13 - 2nd September 16.00 IRT

While team members were on a coastal patrol at St. Mary’s Island, they were approached by a member of the public who reported that an elderly lady had fallen on the promenade near the Island sustaining a number of injuries. After informing Humber Coastguard, Brigade members arrived on scene and treated the lady for cuts to her head and wrist, and bruising and swelling to her hip. Although recommended by Brigade members, the lady refused further medical assistance and insisted that she would arrange her own transportation to hospital with help from a relative later in the day. Once the members had provided all the assistance they could, they then persuaded the woman to accept a lift in the Brigade Land Rover back to her accommodation at a nearby caravan park, before then resuming their local area patrol with nothing further to report.

086/13 - 30th August 19.38 IRT

As team members departed the RVI, with the mountain rescue equipment now on board the Brigade Land Rover, Humber Coastguard requested that they proceed to a vantage point overlooking Herd Sands, a small beach just inside the South Tyne Pier, where a member of the public had reported seeing two people on board two personal water craft with one of the craft appearing to be suffering some sort of mechanical issue. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the craft which appeared to be moving short distances before stopping and the people onboard appeared to be trying to fix some sort of fault with the craft. Although the man on the broken down craft was occasionally able to make it move a short distance, he nor his friend on the other craft made any attempt to return to the shore and their actions were making more members of the public raise concerns over their safety.
Brigade members then requested Humber Coastguard call out the Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the Lifeboat arrived on scene a short while later and was able to establish that one of the craft was suffering with battery difficulties. The Lifeboat explained to the men that their actions were leading to numerous 999 calls and they then agreed to return to their lauching point at South Shields. Once the craft were safely back at the slipway at South Shields, the Lifeboat and the Brigade then stood down and returned to their respective stations.  

085/13 - 30th August 18.40 IRT

As team members returned to Tynemouth after the previous incident at the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site, Humber Coastguard requested that they return to the RVI to collect equipment belonging to Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team which had been left at the Hospital. The Mountain Rescue Team was unable to arrange immediate collection of the equipment and so the Brigade brought it back to their station with members of the Mountain Rescue Team due to collect the gear in Tynemouth on Sunday morning.  

084/13 - 30th August 16.58 IRT

While team members were on a local area patrol, Humber Coastguard requested that the Brigade man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site as RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was inbound with a seriously injured female casualty. The lady had been involved in a road accident in the Lake District which had seen her car travel a significant distance down a 40 degree slopoe before coming to a rest. The lady was treated on scene by members of local mountain rescue teams before the Helicopter arrived and airlifted the casualty to the helipad on top of the RVI. Once the casualty had been transferred off the Helicopter, the craft then moved to the Richardson Road Landing Site, which had been prepared by Brigade members. Brigade members then assisted with transferring the helicopter paramedic and some of his equipment from the hospital back to the Helicopter and the Helicopter then left the Landing Site at 17.50h.    

083/13 - 28th August 20.02 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the concerned friends of a man who had taken to the River Tyne from Fish Quay Sands on board a small dinghy with only a small engine onboard which appeared to be broken. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept watch on the vessel before the Lifeboat arrived on scene. The man and craft were then brought back to the Lifeboat Station and the man was then cared for by Lifeboat crew. Brigade members requested for Police and Paramedics to attend the Lifeboat Station and then stood down.   

082/13 - 28th August 15.03 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site as RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 was expected to land at 15.45h with a casualty with unspecified injuries after an incident in the North Sea. The Helicopter landed on the hospital’s helipad at 15.48h and the casualty was transferred into the hospital. The Helicopter was then due to move to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site, which had been secured by Brigade members, while it waited for the Helicopter paramedic to carry out a casualty handover in the Hospital. However, the handover was completed quicker than expected and so the Helicopter did not require the additional Landing Site and the Brigade was stood down at 16.10h.    

081/13 - 26th August 19.07 IRT

Humber Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain after receiving a report that a vehicle had become stuck in the sand towards the north end of Tynemouth Long Sands. As four Brigade members arrived on scene they observed the vehicle to drive clear of the sand and, with no assistance now required, the team returned to station and stood down.  

080/13 - 25th August 12.36 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend Tynemouth Long Sands after they received a report that RNLI Lifeguards had rescued a 48 year-old female surfer who had got into difficulty approximately 200 metres off the south end of the beach. The lady, who was a resident of Tynemouth but was of Russian origin, was rescued by two lifeguards on board a personal water craft who then brought her back to the shore where she was checked over by a paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service. After a thorough assessment it was deemed that she did not require hospital treatment and she was allowed to leave the beach and return home.

079/13 - 20th August 15.59 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat from Cullercoats and the All-Weather Lifeboat from Tynemouth after a report was received that a yacht was stuck on rocks just to the North of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed as the vessel was freed by the Lifeboats with the Tynemouth Lifeboat then towing the vessel to Royal Quays Marina.  

078/13 - 19th August 19.23 IRT + BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to carry out a detailed search of the shoreline between the North Tyne Pier and Hartley Bay while also checking all local boat launching areas for any trailers or vehicles. The request followed the discovery by a yacht of a 7 foot inflatable boat with no one onboard approximately 15 miles East of Blyth shortly after 6pm earlier that evening. The boat had fresh fish, personal belongings and fuel onboard which indicated that someone had been onboard within the last day or so.
The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and a thorough search of the area was carried out with the team finishing just after 10pm with nothing untoward found. Similar searches were carried out to the North and South by Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team with well over 40 team members involved in total. At sea, Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat recovered the vessel and carried out a detailed search with Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer also searching from the air. The Brigade, along with all land-based teams were stood down at 10pm with the Lifeboat and Helicopter continuing the search and Humber Coastguard using various media outlets to generate as much attention as possible into the incident in the hope of identifying who the vessel may belong to and then hopefully confirming whether anyone was missing or not.

077/13 - 13th August 02.50 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of a car which had reversed off the ramp at Cullercoats Bay. The owner also reported that he had a boat on a trailer which was below the water line and would also need recovering.

Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly recovered the boat and trailer from the sea and to a place of safety. An assessment was then made of the car, which had the nearside tyres on the ramp, the front offside tyre perched on a step just beneath the ramp and the back offside tyre on the sand – the owner of the vehicle said it had ended up in this position after he had misjudged the distances involved in reversing down the ramp as he prepared to attempt to recover his boat. Using the Brigade Land Rover, an attempt was made to tow the vehicle back onto the ramp but this was not successful and the owner was advised to contact a specialist recovery company as it was decided that there was no safe way for the Brigade to recover the vehicle. With the Brigade unable to offer any further assistance, the team stood down at 04.00h. An Officer from Northumbria Police was also in attendance at this incident.

076/13 - 8th August 22.57 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of a car which was stuck in the sand at Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and helped push the man’s car, and then his boat, clear of the sand, and then stood by until they were both safely back on the road. Brigade members then stood down and returned to station.

075/13 - 6th August 14.51 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that six people, including a family of four, were cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island and the report stated that a number of the group may be about to attempt to wade back across to the main land, an action which would have been extremely dangerous. Cullercoats Lifeboat arrived on scene and found that all six people were still on the Island. The family of four agreed to be taken by the Lifeboat back to Cullercoats Bay but the other two declined the offer of a lift and decided to wait on the Island until they were able to use the causeway safely, which was expected to be around 7pm. Once the Lifeboat had returned the family to Cullercoats they were met by a Brigade member who issued them with safety advice and explained how they could find out the safe crossing times for St. Mary’s Island.

074/13 - 1st August 14.17 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist in the search for a missing 6 year-old girl who had last been seen by her family near Tynemouth Priory. As Brigade members prepared a search plan with members of Newbiggin Coastguard, who were on transit through the area at the time of the incident, Humber Coastguard confirmed that the girl had been located safe and well and all rescue units were stood down. RNLI Beach Lifeguards and officers from Northumbria Police were also involved in this incident.

073/13 - 24th July 16.30 IRT

When returning from a training exercise with North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards, four youths were seen to climb over the fence and down onto the beach/rocks behind the old open air swimming pool in Tynemouth. Brigade members stopped and investigated as it was approaching high water and the area the youths had climbed down to would soon be covered with water. Upon investigation they found not just the 4 youths seen climbing the fence but about 30 plus other young people all congregated in the same small area. The young people were advised of the potential danger and requested to vacate the area which they all proceeded to do. Humber Coastguard were informed and the Brigade members returned to station.

072/13 - 19th July 18.05 IRT

After the casualty in the below incident had left the area in an ambulance, the Brigade Land Rover was used to pull a 5 ½ tonne emergency vehicle which was struggling to make its way back up the north ramp at Cullercoats Bay. The vehicle was safely brought to the top of the ramp and all units then stood down and returned to their respective bases.  

071/13 - 19th July 17.33 IRT

Later on in the day, Humber Coastguard again paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a person was in difficulty at Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that an intoxicated male had fallen feet first off the North Pier at the Bay and had sustained suspected spinal injuries. The man was treated by RNLI Beach Lifeguards and paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team. The man was placed on a spinal board and extracted to an awaiting ambulance. Officers from Northumbria Police were also involved in this incident.

070/13 - 19th July 10.48 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a missing swimmer at Tynemouth Long Sands Beach. As Brigade members made their way towards the beach, Humber Coastguard confirmed that the missing swimmer had been located safe and well and the Brigade was stood down.

069/13 - 18th July 20.53 IRT

Shortly after completing the patrol, Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after they received a 999 call that 4 youths may be cut off by the tide on the Bears Back Rocks at the northern end of Tynemouth Long Sands Beach. Brigade members arrived on scene within two minutes of the page and found four youths returning to the northern end of the beach via two inflatable’s. A Brigade Captain spoke with the group who confirmed that they had just been on the rocks. The Captain asked them not to go too far offshore or close to the rocks as, although they were clearly having fun, their actions were likely to lead to further 999 calls from concerned members of the public and their inflatable’s were neither designed nor equipped for journeys which took them far away from the safety of the beach.

068/13 - 18th July 19.20 IRT

While Brigade members were on a local area patrol, Humber Coastguard requested that they attend Cullercoats Bay after a request for assistance had been received from Northumbria Police. The Police had received a report that one of the boats moored just off the Bay had been boarded by a number of youths were now attempting to steal it. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were also paged with a request to be on hand at their station in case Police Officers required quick access to the sea.
Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the youths on board the boat had returned to the shore and were now being spoken to by a number of Police Officers. The Brigade was then freed to resume their patrol and the Lifeboat crew were stood down.  

067/13 - 16th July 21.55 IRT

A Brigade Captain received a telephone call from Humber Coastguard informing him that the owner of a 4x4 had requested assistance in recovering his boat trailer after the clutch in his vehicle became ineffective. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and towed the trailer out of the sand and to a place where the man was able to recover it with his own vehicle. The man was instructed not to launch from Tynemouth Haven again as it is not suitable for boat launches of this type. The man apologised for the inconvenience he had caused and made a donation towards the running costs of the Brigade.

066/13 - 14th July 20.27 IRT

As Brigade members made their way back to station at the end of the patrol, they noticed a group of 9 teenagers tombstoning on Marconi Point, just to the north of Cullercoats Bay. The group were jumping into an area where rocks were visible and Brigade members issued them with strict safety advice as they were putting themselves in a position of grave danger. The group heeded the advice and promptly left the area.

065/13 - 14th July 17.58 IRT

A short while later, Humber Coastguard requested that the Brigade assist with a search taking place between the North Tyne Pier and Cullercoats Bay. A member of the public had reported seeing a small dinghy roughly 800 metres offshore with 5 people onboard which she had since lost sight of and was concerned that something untoward may have happened to those onboard. Despite an intensive search involving Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Tynemouth Longsands beach and Brigade members, no further sign of the dinghy could be found. As visibility and sea conditions were good, and as an intensive search had failed to find any sign of anyone requiring any assistance, Humber Coastguard terminated the search at 18.24h  

064/13 - 14th July 17.02 IRT

Later on in the afternoon, the team were flagged down by a Police Officer while driving past Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth, and asked to assist in the search for a missing child. As Brigade members started to co-ordinate the search with RNLI Beach Lifeguards on Tynemouth Longsands beach, the Police confirmed that the child had been located safe and well in a nearby pub.

063/13 - 14th July 15.20 IRT

As team members observed Cullercoats Lifeboat towing ‘Lady Bea’, they received an urgent request from Humber Coastguard to proceed to the car park opposite the Astley Arms pub, just North of Seaton Sluice, where a report had been received of a young child being pulled from the sea with his condition unknown. Brigade members arrived on scene to find the casualty, a five year-old boy, conscious and in the care of a paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service. A short while later the casualty left the scene in an ambulance to be taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for a full check up. After speaking with members of the public and the boy’s family, Brigade members established that the child had suffered what was thought to be a seizure while standing at the waters edge at the south end of Blyth Beach. The casualty then fell face first into the sea and started to drown. He was rescued from the sea by his father, with assistance from other members of the public, and then moved to the car park to allow quick access for emergency services.
A number of other rescue units were also either in attendance, or stood down just before arriving, at this incident including Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, the Great North Air Ambulance and Blyth Volunteer Lifeguards.

062/13 - 14th July 14.42 IRT

Following the conclusion of the above incident, Brigade members commenced a Coastal Patrol and a short while into the patrol they were tasked by Humber Coastguard to find a suitable vantage point to keep watch on the 23ft cabin cruiser, ‘Lady Bea’, which required assistance after its battery failed roughly 1 mile North East of St. Mary’s Island. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched and started towing the vessel back to its berth at Royal Quays Marina. Brigade members started to keep watch on the tow, but were re-directed by Humber Coastguard to attend the above callout and so they contacted another Brigade Captain, who was not on the patrol, who went and met the Lifeboat and the vessel at Royal Quays Marina. The 2 man crew of ‘Lady Bea’ were found to have all the necessary safety equipment onboard their vessel including lifejackets and a VHF Radio.

061/13 - 14th July 12.30 IRT

While carrying out a sea safety demonstration at Tynemouth Community Fire Station Open Day, Humber Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to proceed to West Bay, around 200 metres North of St. Mary’s Island, where a member of the public had found a canister which was believed to contain hydraulic fluid. Brigade members arrived on scene, confirmed that it appeared that the canister had not leaked on the rocks nor caused any environmental damager, and then removed the canister from the area and brought it back to the Brigade’s Watch House from where it will be disposed of properly in the forthcoming days.

060/13 - 13th July 12.55 IRT

As team members prepared for their annual demonstration at Cullercoats Harbour Day, Humber Coastguard requested that they proceed to St. Mary’s Island where the North East Ambulance Service had requested assistance with evacuating a young boy who had sustained injuries after falling 20 foot. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene they were stood down as the casualty had been successfully transferred to an ambulance.
Brigade members then returned to Cullercoats and carried out a rope rescue exercises as part of the Harbour Day activities and events.

059/13 - 9th July 17.00 IRT

Later on in the patrol, while the team were near St. Mary’s Island, they became aware of two people cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. The couple indicated that they required assistance and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested via Humber Coastguard. The Lifeboat arrived on scene a short while later and transported the pair, a 35 year-old male from Widness and a 42 year-old female from Newcastle, back to the land end of the causeway where they were met by Brigade members who issued them with safety advice and information on how to check local tide times.

058/13 - 9th July 14.28 IRT

While team members were on a local area patrol, Humber Coastguard contacted them with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer was due to land at 14.50h with a female casualty that had sustained a possible broken ankle. The helicopter landed on the roof of the RVI Hospital, at which point the casualty was transferred to a stretcher and taken to the A & E Department, and the Helicopter then moved to the Richardson Road Landing Site where Brigade members had secured a suitable landing area. Brigade members helped transfer equipment and crew from the Hospital back to the Helicopter before the Helicopter left the site just after 15.30h and the Brigade members resumed their patrol.

057/13 - 6th July 18.14 IRT

While responding to the report of the boat in trouble, Humber Coastguard received a separate report of a family of four cut off by the tide, also on the Black Middens rocks. Once on scene, Brigade members found that the four were in fact having a rest on the rocks after kayaking from Tynemouth Haven, were all wearing lifejackets, and required no further assistance. The Brigade was then stood down and the coastal patrol was completed with no further incidents to report.

056/13 - 6th July 18.10 IRT

Later on in the patrol, Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a small boat may be in need of assistance on the Black Middens rocks, near the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene and discovered that the small boat was in fact a man onboard a blue canoe that required no further assistance.

055/13 - 6th July 15.05 IRT

While team members were on a local area patrol at St. Mary’s Island they were approached by a father and son from the Durham area. The son, who was 3 years old, had fallen on the rocks and had broken a finger on his right hand. Brigade members provided first aid treatment to the child and, as the family were in a rush to return to the Durham area, taped the injured finger to another finger as a temporary measure to last until the child could receive further medical attention at the University Hospital of North Durham.

054/13 - 5th July 15.22 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who was responding to reports of an unconscious male who had been spotted by a group of young children on an area of rocks between Whitley Bay and Browns Bay called ‘Table Rock’. Brigade members arrived on scene to find a barely conscious teenager being led away from the area by his friends – they were stopped by officers from Northumbria Police who then arrested them for drug-related offences. The initial casualty was taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for a check-up as he was believed to have taken an overdose of illegal drugs. RNLI Beach Lifeguards were also in attendance at this incident.

053/13 - 3rd July 18.16 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer was due to land at just before 6.30pm. The Helicopter had collected a woman who had fallen approximately 15 foot off a waterfall in Billingham. The helicopter landed on the roof of the RVI Hospital, at which point the casualty was transferred to a stretcher and taken to the A & E Department, and the Helicopter then moved to the Richardson Road Landing Site where Brigade members had secured a suitable landing area. Brigade members helped transfer equipment and crew from the Hospital back to the Helicopter before the Helicopter left the site just after 7pm and the Brigade members stood down.

052/13 - 2nd July 11.05 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer was due to land at just after 11.30am. The Helicopter had collected an American pilot who had made an emergency landing in a Hawk aircraft at Newcastle Airport and was deemed to require a precautionary medical check at hospital. The Helicopter arrived on time and the pilot was driven to the RVI Hospital by a Brigade member. A short while later the Helicopter left the site to return to base and the Brigade members stood down. Fire-fighters from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.

051/13 - 1st July 21.08 IRT + BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade’s Initial and Backup Response Teams after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who had received reports that shouts for help could be heard coming from the bottom of a cliff approximately 450 metres north of St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and located the casualty, who was at the bottom of a 30 foot cliff which, due to the high tide, was only reachable either by the sea or via a rope rescue. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested via Humber Coastguard and the Brigade set up their Rope Rescue equipment. A Brigade Rope Rescue Technician descended the cliff and carried out an assessment of the casualty, who was a male aged around 30 who was suffering from a possible dislocated elbow. The Lifeboat arrived on scene a short while later and the Lifeboat crew assisted the man onto their boat. The boat then took the casualty to the causeway at St. Mary’s Island where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance which took him to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment. Paramedics from the Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team and Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

050/13 - 28th June 18.53 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a small sailing dinghy had capsized roughly 400 metres upriver from the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a visual on the craft before the Lifeboat arrived on scene. The dinghy refused the assistance of the Lifeboat crew and was towed back to Tynemouth Sailing Club by one of the club’s safety boats.

049/13 - 28th June 08.01 IRT

Humber Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain after receiving a telephone call from a man who had been out for a run and had spotted a small boat anchored at the north end of Whitley Bay Beach. The man didn’t think anyone was onboard the boat and thought that it was probably just as its mooring, but was concerned that due to his slightly poor eyesight, he may have missed someone in the water who may have required assistance. Although both the Brigade and the Coastguard are aware of a small white craft that is moored in that location, it was decided to take a safety first approach and the Brigade Captain drove to the scene where he was able to confirm that the boat the man had seen was the usual craft which appeared to be at its mooring as usual and there was no sign of anyone requiring any assistance. The call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

048/13 - 26th June 19.55 IRT

During the course of the above incident, RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 stated that they intended to take the casualty to RVI Hospital and requested the manning of the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site. The Brigade Land Rover and five Brigade members left the above incident and made their way to the site to prepare for the Helicopters arrival. Once on scene the Brigade members assisted with transferring the casualty from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance and then used the Land Rover to transfer equipment from the Hospital back to the Helicopter.

047/13 - 26th June 19.17 IRT + BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade’s Initial and Backup Respone Team's along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who had received a report that shouts for help could be heard at the bottom of a cliff approximately 400 metres north of St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members quickly located the casualty and guided the Lifeboat to the location, which was then able to send three crew members ashore to provide immediate first aid. Due to the location of the casualty, the Lifeboatmen were forced to swim ashore before climbing across rocks to reach the injured man. Once with the casualty they found that he was approximately 30 years old and had fallen around 30 foot which had left him with injuries to the elbow, pelvis, back, leg and ankle. The Lifeboat crew cared for the man while Brigade members set up Rope Rescue Equipment which was then used by paramedics from the Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to reach the casualty. They were quickly followed by two Brigade Rope Rescue Technicians who brought with them additional rescue equipment including a vacuum stretcher and a cliff stretcher.
A short while later RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer arrived on scene and dropped off two crew members who used the Brigade’s Rope Rescue Equipment to reach the casualty. The casualty was then placed into the vacuum stretcher, which is designed so that it can be moulded round the casualty to provide him with extra protection, before he was then lifted into the cliff stretcher. The Rescue Helicopter then winched the man aboard and collected their two crew members before departing the scene and heading to the RVI Hospital in Newcastle. At this point the crew of Cullercoats Lifeboat swam back out to their Lifeboat and returned to station.
Due to the location of the casualty, the two HART Paramedics and Brigade Rope Rescue Technicians were brought back up to the top of the cliff in pairs using the Brigade’s Full Rope Rescue Equipment.
Once all the equipment and had been checked and packed back into the Land Rover, the Brigade returned to station shortly after 10pm.

046/13 - 20th June 16.18 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site in preparation for the arrival of RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer. The Helicopter was due to land on the helipad of the RVI Hospital at 4.45pm with two male casualties who had been involved in a climbing accident in the Lake District where they had sustained possible head and spinal injuries. The Helicopter landed on the helipad as planned and transferred the two casualties to awaiting stretchers. Two winch men onboard the Helicopter then accompanied the casualties into the Hospital A & E so that they could provide a detailed handover with the doctors while the Helicopter moved to the Landing Site at Richardson Road, which was manned by 6 Brigade members. The Brigade Land Rover was then used to transfer equipment and the Air Crew from the Hospital back to the Helicopter. The Helicopter left the landing site at 5.45pm and the Brigade then returned to station.

045/13 - 9th June 18.58 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after a report was received that a man had been seen to fall down a cliff bank approximately 200 metres north of St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and, working with the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team, gave treatment to a 32 year-old male who had suffered cuts and bruises from the fall and was also found to have taken a drug overdose and consumed a great deal of alcohol. After assessing the various different options with regard to recovering the casualty, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested and the casualty was placed on a stretcher and carried into the Lifeboat. He was then taken to Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat Station and passed into the care of the Ambulance Service. Officers from Northumbria Police were also present during the duration of the incident.

044/13 - 9th June 16.32 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance with treating an elderly lady who had fallen on the promenade on the north bank of the River Tyne near to Collingwood’s Monument. Brigade members arrived on scene and administered first aid to the casualty who had suffered a head injury and possible damage to her ribs. She was then transported in the Brigade Land Rover off the promenade and to an awaiting ambulance.

043/13 - 7th June 19.50 IRT

While carrying out a training exercise at Marden Nature Reserve, Brigade members found a man suffering severe back pains within the grounds of the Nature Reserve. He was assessed by Brigade First Aiders who found that in recent years he had suffered a number of injuries relating to his back and it appeared that he had suffered a recurrence of one of these injuries. An ambulance was called and the man was assessed by paramedics and then taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further treatment. Brigade members then continued with their exercise with nothing further of note to report.

042/13 - 5th June 14.32 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after a report was received that a hand grenade had been located on Whitley Bay Beach. The area was cordoned off by RNLI Beach Lifeguards until officers from Northumbria Police were able to arrive on scene and confirm that the hand grenade was in fact a plastic imitation and posed no danger to the public.

041/13 - 3rd June 19.53 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving several 999 calls reporting a broken down personal water craft just inside the mouth of the River Tyne. The craft was taken in tow by Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and returned to its launching point at South Shields where it was met by members of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade. The Coastguard Rescue Service’s Tyne Sector Manager, who had been at the Watch House meeting with the Brigade Captains, was also in attendance at this callout.  

040/13 - 2nd June 19.00 IRT

During the course of the previous callout, a vehicle became stuck in the sand at the south end of Whitley Bay Beach. Once the helicopter had left the scene with the casualty, Brigade members assisted with removing the vehicle from the sand, which was completed just in the nick of time to avoid the incoming tide.  

039/13 - 2nd June 18.14 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a man had fallen on rocks at the south end of Whitley Bay Beach sustaining a hip injury. Brigade members arrived on scene and provided immediate first aid to the casualty who appeared to be in a great deal of pain. The casualty was carefully transferred to the Brigade’s full-body vacuum stretcher and then placed in an orange basket-stretcher. The 23 year-old male was then carried to RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer, which had landed on the beach, and was then flown to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

038/13 - 2nd June 13.55 IRT

During the course of the previous callout, a member of the public approached Two Brigade Captains and informed them that they had located a seal that they believed to be injured near to St. Mary’s Island. The Captains contacted the local area co-ordinator for British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) who directed them to a BDMLR Medic based within the visitors centre at the Island. The Medic then inspected the seal and found that it was fit and well and the Brigade Captains returned to the search.

037/13 - 2nd June 12.57 IRT + BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were searching for an 80 year-old man from the Cullercoats area who suffered from dementia and had not returned as planned after leaving his home in Cullercoats at 10am. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and, assisted by RNLI Beach Lifeguards, a search was carried out between St. Mary’s Island and the North Tyne Pier. At just after 2pm, the Police reported that the gentleman had been located safe and well and all search teams were stood down.

036/13 - 1st June 18.31 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who had taken a 999 call from a man who said he was going to commit suicide by jumping off the North Tyne Pier. Brigade members arrived on scene within five minutes of the page and located a man sat on a bench near the entrance to the Pier. Police Officers soon arrived and were able to confirm that the man located by the Brigade was the gentleman who had made the 999 call and all rescue units were then stood down.

035/13 - 26th May 21.26 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a group of fishermen at the end of the North Tyne Pier who reported that a man, who appeared to be heavily intoxicated, had jumped into the River Tyne in an attempt to swim to the South Tyne Pier. The man had managed to swim only a short distance before being carried out to sea by the strong current and was almost out of sight of the fishermen.
The Lifeboat arrived on scene within minutes and quickly rescued the man, who was found to be hypothermic and the Brigade arranged for an ambulance to attend Tynemouth Lifeboat Station to carry out further assessment and treatment of the casualty.
Three Brigade members then walked to the end of the Pier to recover the man’s personal belongings which he had left behind before attempting the swim and they were then taken to North Shields Police Station.

034/13 - 26th May 18.09 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a group of people had been cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and identified the group as the residents of the private home on the Island who appeared to be enjoying a bbq in the evening sunshine. This information was passed on to Humber Coastguard and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent. 

033/13 - 24th May 19.07 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a person had been seen to fall from the Tyne Bridge into the river below. Brigade members and the Lifeboat arrived on scene and both organisations carried out a thorough search of the area with nothing untoward found. After further discussions with the Police and Ambulance Service, both units were stood down by Humber Coastguard shortly after 20.00h.  

032/13 - 22nd May 18.13 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of two kayakers in trouble off King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that the ‘kayakers’ were in fact a large tree. The Lifeboat arrived a short while later and towed the tree back to Cullercoats Bay to prevent it causing a danger to shipping and leading to further callouts.

031/13 - 17th May 21.48 IRT

Later that evening, Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that red flares could be seen out to sea from Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and located a group of people who confirmed that they had been setting off Chinese Lanterns in the area that the flares had been seen and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

030/13 - 17th May 18.14 IRT + BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police with the search for a missing man in the Whitley Bay area. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and a total of 13 Brigade members arrived on scene to await a full brief from the Police. Due to a number of possible sightings of the man in the centre of Newcastle, roughly 8 miles away from the Whitley Bay, the Police decided that a coastal search was not required and the team was stood down shortly after 19.00h.

029/13 - 10th May 17.07 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to speak with 3 young males who had been observed acting irresponsibly on an 8ft inflatable dinghy. Although all three were wearing buoyancy aids, they had been seen to take the vessel, designed for trips of only short distances and only in calm conditions, over a mile offshore and at speeds which gave a high possibly of capsizing the vessel. At one stage Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was put on standby to go to the aid of the vessel before it was seen to turn back towards shore.
Once on shore Brigade members spoke with the 3 men and found that they had no safety equipment onboard the boat and also found a bottle of alcohol. Strict advice was given regarding the dangers of drinking while at sea and full details of the incident were passed to Humber Coastguard.

028/13 - 8th May 19.53 IRT

While carrying out a weekly training session, Brigade members were asked by Humber Coastguard to proceed immediately to the promenade just north of Watts Slope, Whitley Bay, where the North East Ambulance Service were responding to reports that a man had fallen sustaining possible head and spinal injuries. Brigade members arrived on scene and assisted the paramedics in stabilising the casualty before he was placed in a stretcher and moved into the back of the Brigade Land Rover. The Land Rover then transferred him from the promenade to a nearby ambulance which took him to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

027/13 - 7th May 17.55 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a yacht was aground at King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find the 25ft yacht ‘Northern Star’ high and dry on the beach with the outgoing tide already past the vessel.
After speaking with the two people on board it was established that they had brought the boat into the Bay after one of the crew had started to feel seasick and had decided to drop anchor and come ashore to help ease the crew member’s sea sickness, only to return to find that the tide had retreated leaving the boat aground. The crew were quite jovial about their situation and were happy to sit and wait until the tide returned and they were able to refloat, which was expected to happen around midnight. To assist in the refloating process, a crew member from Cullercoats Lifeboat assisted in putting out the anchor of the ‘Northern Star’ which would help to keep the vessel stable once the sea returned.

026/13 - 4th May 14.48 IRT

While three Brigade members were on a coastal patrol, Humber Coastguard contacted them with a request to proceed to Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, after they had received a report that a small dinghy had capsized at the mouth of the River Tyne. The Brigade arrived on scene and kept a visual on the casualty vessel until Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat arrived and towed the boat back to its launching point in South Shields. The Brigade then resumed its patrol with no further incidents to report.

025/13 - 27nd April 07.45 IRT

A short while later, the North East Ambulance Service contacted Humber Coastguard and requested the assistance of the Brigade, and specifically the team’s Land Rover, in transferring the body of the casualty who had been the source of the previous callout. Two Brigade Captains arrived on scene and transported the casualty from the promenade to an awaiting ambulance. Officers from Northumbria Police and members of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.

024/13 - 27th April 07.28 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who responding to reports of an incident on a promenade near the south end of Whitley Bay Beach. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the Police informed the Coastguard that assistance was no longer required and the Brigade was stood down.

023/13 - 22nd April 10.08 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from a member of the public stood near the outdoor swimming pool at the south end of Tynemouth Long Sands beach who could see a large object in the sea, but was uncertain as to what it was. Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that the object was a marker buoy for a set of pots. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.  

022/13 - 20th April 07.20 IRT

Humber Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain after receiving a request for help from the owners of a van which had become stuck in the sand at Cullercoats Bay, with the incoming tide rising around its wheels, after trying to launch their fishing boat. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly towed the van out to safety and the grateful owners were then able to continue on their fishing trip.  

021/13 - 19th April 14.20 IRT

A Brigade member received a report that a 45-Gallon drum had been spotted on the rocks at Sharpness Point, between Tynemouth Long Sands Beach and King Edward’s Bay. Humber Coastguard were informed and it was agreed that, as the drum was located below the high-water mark, Brigade members would recover it to a safe place. The item was brought back to the Brigade’s headquarters were it was then to be recovered by North Tyneside Council who would arrange appropriate disposal of the drum.

020/13 - 14th April 21.45 IRT + BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a woman was threatening to commit suicide and was believed to be in the vicinity of St. Mary’s Island. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was requested and the first Brigade member on scene then received a further report from a member of the public that the woman had been seen in a distressed state heading to the seaward side of St. Mary’s Island. At this point Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was paged to assist in the search for the casualty.
A short while later the woman was located by Brigade members and officers from Northumbria Police, and she then left the area in the care of the Police. The Brigade and the Lifeboat, which had not launched, were then stood down.

019/13 - 14th April 12.09 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from the North East Ambulance Service that a man had fallen on rocks at the south end of Whitley Bay Beach sustaining injuries. Brigade members arrived on scene and assisted paramedics from the Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team with caring for the 22 year-old male who had sustained hip and leg injuries. The man was placed on a stretcher and evacuated by RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer to the RVI Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
Members of Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team and officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

018/13 - 14th April 10.10 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from the crew of Cullercoats RNLI that a member of the public had brought to their attention an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) which he had found at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands beach. The EPIRB was brought to the Lifeboat Station where upon investigation it was found to be severely damaged and showing the signs of being in the sea for an extended period of time. A photograph and details of the EPIRB were passed on to HM Coastguard and the device was taken away by Brigade members for safe disposal.

017/13 - 13th April 15.28 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving several 999 calls reporting a 20-foot yacht aground at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands beach. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly confirmed that the assistance of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat would be required to help refloat the vessel. The Lifeboat crew were then paged and arrived on scene a short while later. After establishing a tow-line with the yacht, the Lifeboat then moved the yacht into deeper water and carried out a thorough examination of the boat to find out what damage had been caused by its grounding. This examination found that the vessel’s rudder had been damaged to the extent that it had lost all steering capability, but the boat remained watertight. The Lifeboat then towed the boat, named ‘Korivelia’ with one person on board, to Royal Quays Marina, where the owner was then going to look to make repairs and arrange another tow to its home berth at Willington Quay. While at the Marina, Brigade members spoke with the occupant of the boat, who had basic emergency equipment including a lifejacket and a VHF Radio, but were unable to establish what exactly had caused the yacht to come aground.

016/13 - 5th April 20.50 IRT

While carrying out a Rope Rescue Exercise on the Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, Brigade members were approached by officers from Northumbria Police who asked for assistance in investigating a report they had received that a man had been seen attempting to climb into Tynemouth Priory and, according to the first informant, was seen to fall over a wall and out of sight. The first informant also reported seeing two men walking away from the Priory a short while after the first sighting and believed that one of the men may have been the person she had seen falling over the wall. Acting on a safety first approach, Brigade members accompanied two Police Officers on a search of the Priory with nothing untoward found. Brigade members then returned to their exercise and stood down at 21.30h.  

015/13 - 2nd April 13.24 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a body had been spotted floating near the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene and directed the Lifeboats towards the body, which was then recovered and brought ashore at the North Shields Ferry Landing. Brigade members assisted the ambulance service at the Ferry Landing before standing down and returning to station.

014/13 - 30th March 20.52 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a woman had entered the sea on Tynemouth Long Sands Beach, opposite the Park Hotel, and that there was grave concerns that she may be attempting suicide. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the woman had been found in the sea up to her knees by Police Officers, and had been persuaded to come out and was in the care of paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service. At this point the Brigade stood down and the Lifeboat, which was in the process of launching, was also stood down.  

013/13 - 30th March 16.21 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a mother who was watching her daughter surf off Tynemouth Long Sands Beach and had noticed that she was struggling to swim back ashore. As rescue units made their way towards the scene the woman was assisted ashore by a fellow surfer and left the area before Brigade members arrived.   

012/13 - 30th March 13.19 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a man possibly cut off by the tide on the Bear’s Back Rocks between Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Longsands Beach. A Brigade Captain arrived on scene and witnessed the man wade back across to the mainland with the sea water reaching above his waist. The Captain spoke with the man, who was from Darlington area, and he explained that he had lost track of time while watching the sea. He was issued with suitable safety advice and then left the beach.  

011/13 - 26th March 21.49 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site in Newcastle where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer was due to land at 22.10h with an injured climber. The Helicopter landed on time and the casualty, a male who had sustained possible back injuries after falling 20 foot, was transferred to an awaiting ambulance which then took him to the RVI Hospital for further assessment and treatement. The Helicopter then left the site and the Brigade returned to station at 23.30h.  

010/13 - 20th March 07.28 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after they received a report from Northumbria Police that a navigation buoy had washed up on the North bank of the River Tyne directly east of Collingwood’s Monument. Brigade members arrived on scene and took details and a photograph of the buoy which were then passed on to Humber Coastguard who in turn contacted Port of Tyne authorities to arrange recovery.

009/13 - 2nd March 20.01 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site after RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer indicated that it was intending to transfer a casualty to the RVI that it had been tasked to evacuate from Holy Island on medical grounds. However, after the paramedic from the Helicopter assessed the casualty it was decided that the casualty did not require treatment at the RVI Hospital and so the casualty was not flown to the landing site and the Brigade was stood down at 9pm.

008/13 - 26th February 21.24 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that one of the crew of the Fishing Vessel ‘Silver Wave’ had fallen into the River while the vessel was moored at Royal Quays Marina. The casualty was recovered onboard the lifeboat which then came alongside one of the pontoons at the Marina. As it was believed that the man had fallen between 6-8 metres there were concerns that he may had suffered spinal injuries and so, working together, Lifeboat crew and Brigade members assisted paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service in placing the man on a spinal bored. He was then transferred into another stretcher and carefully recovered from the pontoon by members of the Ambulance Services Hazardous Area Response Team who Brigade members assisted by attaching a safety line to the stretcher as it was recovered up from the pontoon. The casualty was then taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment. Officers from Northumbria Police were also present at this incident.

It is believed that the casualty fell while climbing down a ladder from the Quay back on to a fishing vessel which was moored alongside the ‘Silver Wave’.  

007/13 - 26th February 16.41 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request from British Divers Marine Life Rescue who had a medic attempting to reach an injured seal on the North bank of the River Tyne near the Shields Ferry Landing. The medic requested assistance as she was in danger of falling into the River in her attempts to reach the seal.
Brigade members arrived on scene and, with the medic, attempted to help the seal which promptly swam away. Although it was clearly injured, the seal refused to let the rescuers near it and so all units were stood down around 17.15h.
 

006/13 - 22nd February 06.33 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request to man the Helicopter Landing Site at the Freeman Hospital where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was due to land at 07.00h. The Helicopter landed on time and the casualty, a baby who was being brought to the Hospital to receive specialist treatment, was safely transferred into an awaiting ambulance before being taken into the Hospital.   

005/13 - 27th January 18.51 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving two 999 calls reporting a red flare in the sky over the Mouth of the River Tyne. Three Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a detailed search of the area, which included illuminating the area by firing a white parachute flare, but nothing untoward was found. After 20 minutes, with no further sightings reported and no overdue or missing vessels in the area, Humber Coastguard stood the Brigade down and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent. Northumbria Police Helicopter ‘India 99’ also assisted with the search but also found nothing to suggest anyone required further assistance and was also stood down shortly after the Brigade.  

004/13 - 26th January 17.14 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service that a woman had been spotted waist deep in the water at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands Beach and there was grave concerns that she was attempting suicide. As Brigade members arrived on scene an update was received from the Police that the woman had come out of the water and had actually been praying in the sea and required no further assistance. At this point all rescue units were stood down.

003/13 - 19th January 19.57 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer was due to land with a lady who had been injured in a sledging accident near Bingfield, to the north of Hexham. The Helicopter landed around 20.15h and the casualty was carried on a stretcher by Brigade members to an awaiting ambulance. The casualty was then taken to the RVI Hospital for further assessment and treatment. Brigade members then transported the Helicopter Paramedic and his stretcher from the Hospital back to the Landing Site before the Helicopter departed the area and the Brigade returned to station.
The lady, who was believed to have suffered back injuries, required assistance from the Sea King at RAF Bolumer as both a land ambulance and the air ambulance were unable to reach her due to the snowy conditions.

002/13 - 12th January 13.40 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who reported seeing two men in the sea approximately 100 yards off the North End of Tynemouth Long Sands Beach. The men were next to an overturned kayak and appeared to be having difficulty making their way back to shore. Brigade members arrived on scene within two minutes of the call and kept a vigil on the men who were rescued by the Lifeboat seven minutes after they were paged. The Lifeboat brought the men and their kayak to the south end of Cullercoats Bay where they were met by the Brigade members. Once ashore they confirmed that they did not require any medical assistance and explained that they had both been out in kayaks when they had got into difficulties due to the challenging sea conditions. One of the men managed to swim his kayak ashore before he went back into the sea to help his friend. However, the pair were unable to get the second kayak back to land and were grateful for the help they received.

001/13 - 2nd January 14.26 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who were responding to reports that a man had been found unconscious on his fishing boat in Seaton Sluice Harbour. A Brigade member was on scene along with a paramedic from the Ambulance Service within minutes of the call being made and approached the man’s boat, which was surrounded by mud as the tide was out. As they reached the boat they found that the man was not unconscious but had in fact been asleep. He explained that he had been working on his boat overnight and had decided to sleep on board. As he required no further assistance, all units were stood down and returned to station. Along with the Brigade and the Ambulance Service, the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were also on route to the incident but were stood down before arriving.

 

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