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 - 5

115/15 - 30th December 11.10 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving numerous 999 calls from members of the public who could see a kite surfer in difficulty a short distance off Tynemouth Long Sands. The man had become separated from his kite and from his surfboard, and appeared to be having difficulties making his way back to shore. Brigade members arrived on scene 4 minutes after receiving the call and spoke with one of the first informants who confirmed that the man had now in fact managed to make it back to shore. He was then checked over by Brigade members where it was confirmed that he was fit and well and required no further medical assistance. The man’s surfboard was recovered by another member of the public and given back to him but the man’s kite was washed away by the sea – before leaving the scene the gentleman was advised to reconsider what are safe conditions for him to use a kite surf in given the difficulties he had faced.  

114/15 - 29th December 17.30 IRT

After visiting Tynemouth Haven in search of any driftwood which may have came ashore in the recent stormy weather, a local resident of Tynemouth contacted the Brigade after he managed to get his van stuck in the sand. In a repeat of a situation the Brigade attended on Saturday night, Three Brigade members made their way down to the Haven and quickly recovered the man’s van back onto the road using the TVLB’s Land Rover. Humber Coastguard were kept informed of the situation and the man was extremely thankful for the help he had received and promised to send a donation to the Brigade in recognition of the assistance he had been given.

113/15 - 26th December 20.45 IRT

A resident of the Spanish Battery, and good friend of the TVLB, contacted a Brigade Captain after coming across a family of four who’s Ford C-Max had become stuck in the sand at Tynemouth Haven. Although no lives were in danger and the car was above the high-water mark, the Brigade will often respond to incidents like this as our Land Rover is well suited to recovering vehicles from the sand.
The Brigade Captain informed Humber Coastguard of the situation and, along with two other team members, quickly towed the vehicle back onto the road. The driver of the vehicle, who was very thankful for the assistance he had received, was then issued with strict instructions to avoid driving on the sand again, which was backed up by a stern word from officers from Northumbria Police, who were also in attendance after the man had contacted them as he attempted to get some assistance in retrieving his vehicle.

112/15 - 26th December 11.20 IRT

While providing safety cover at the annual North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards (NSVL) Boxing Day Dip, Brigade members were requested to assist in the medical care for a man who had collapsed and suffered a possible broken nose. The casualty had spent around 10 minutes in the North Sea as part of the dip and had collapsed whilst he was getting changed.
Working with volunteers from NSVL, Brigade members cared for the casualty and requested Humber Coastguard to send an ambulance to their location. The casualty was then placed in the Brigade Land Rover and transferred off the beach and to the ambulance, which then took him to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

111/15 - 24th December 09.51 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 912’ was due to land at some point after 10.30h with a 35 year-old man who had suffered a suspected broken leg after falling on rocks at South Shields. The helicopter landed at the site at 11.06h and Brigade members assisted with transferring the casualty to an ambulance, and then used the Brigade Land Rover to bring the helicopter paramedic and his stretcher back from the RVI to the site. The Helicopter then left to return to its base in Humberside and the Brigade Land Rover was back on station just after midday.  

110/15 - 21st December 20.10 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who were responding to reports that a woman had fallen on rocks to the south of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find paramedics and volunteers from the Lifeboat Station assisting the woman off the rocks. Brigade members then assisted with this by picking a safe exit route and providing appropriate lighting. The 45 year old woman, who was heavily intoxicated, had been walking her dog on the rocks when she had fallen. The lady was then taken to hospital by the Ambulance service with Brigade members walking her dog the short distance back to her home to reunite it with the rest of her family.
Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team and Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

109/15 - 13th December 03.19 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 912’ was due to land at around 04.30h with a 90 year-old man who required evacuating from Holy Island on medical grounds. The helicopter spent longer than first anticipated at Holy Island and therefore landed at the site at 05.05h, with the casualty then transferred to an ambulance before being taken to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

108/15 - 11th December 17.11 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 912’ was due to land at around 19.00h with a infant being transferred from a hospital in Sheffield to a specialist unit in Newcastle. The Helicopter landed on time and the casualty was quickly transferred to an ambulance.  

107/15 - 9th December 19.35 IRT

While the team took part in a large exercise involving Blyth & Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Teams, as well as two of the local Coastguard Rescue Service Senior Coastal Operations Officers, their members observed a lady who had been blown over in the wind on a pavement above Cullercoats Bay, and was being attended to by members of the public. Brigade members cared for the casualty, who had a rod on her spine to aid her movement, as she slowly recovered from her fall. Once it was confirmed that she had suffered no additional injuries, and required no further care or support, Brigade members ensured that the lady was in the care of relatives, before then continuing on with their exercise.

106/15 - 5th December 23.21 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade after the cross-Tyne Shields ferry ‘Spirit of the Tyne’ reported that it had lost engines and was drifting in the River just as it was completing its final crossing of the night to South Shields. The Coastguard stated that two tugs had been tasked to assist the ferry, along with the Port of Tyne pilot launch ‘Colllingwood’.
As Brigade members made their way to the scene it was confirmed that the ferry had been carried around 200 metres downriver and had now come to rest on the south side of the River. Furthermore, it was felt that tugs would struggle to get a line onto the vessel and so Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat was called in to assist.
With Brigade members observing from a safe vantage point on the north side of the River and providing situation reports to the Coastguard, a complex and difficult rescue operation was then carried out by the Lifeboat to recover the ferry, with assistance from ‘Collingwood’ and members of the South Shields Brigade. After approximately 45 minutes the vessel was moored alongside at its South Shields berth and all rescue units were stood down.
The local Coastguard Rescue Service Senior Coastal Operations Officer was also in attendance at this incident.

105/15 - 1st December 17.44 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports that an 18 year-old male was threatening to self harm at North Shields Fish Quay. Brigade members arrived on scene and stood by along with their colleagues from the RNLI, while Police officers spoke with the man. Around 30 minutes later the man was persuaded to hand himself into the care of Police officers – at this point all other rescue units were stood down.
It was later confirmed that the casualty involved in this incident was the same one who the Brigade had been called to at the same location late in the evening of 25th November.  

104/15 - 1st December 11.52 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to the old Swan Hunter’s Quay in Wallsend on the River Tyne where Northumbria Police were responding to reports that some ordnance had been unearthed. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the Police informed the Coastguard that the assistance of the team was no longer required and we were then stood down.

103/15 - 30th November 11.28 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 912’ was due to land at around 12.15h with a fisherman who had partially severed a number of his fingers while on a fishing boat off Amble. The casualty was transferred from the Helicopter to an awaiting ambulance which took him to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.  

102/15 - 29th November 18.44 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 912’ was due to land at around 19.30h with a fisherman who had been injured following a coastal incident near Newbiggin. Brigade members arrived at the landing site at 19.10h and prepared it for the Helicopter, but were then stood down by the Coastguard at 19.30h as the casualty was transferred to a land ambulance at the scene.  

101/15 - 29th November 12.32 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with both Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboats after a sailing dinghy capsized putting its two occupants in the water near to the South Shields Pier. By the time Brigade members arrived on scene the two people had been rescued from the sea and the Lifeboats were in the process of securing the vessel which was posing a hazard to navigation and, due to the localised conditions of very rough seas and winds in excess of 60mph, needed recovering to the shore. Under the watchful eyes of Brigade members, the yacht was towed by the Lifeboats back to South Shields beach where they were met by members from a local sailing club.  

100/15 - 25th November 23.58 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports that an 18 year-old male was threatening to self harm at North Shields Fish Quay. Brigade members arrived on scene and stood by along with their colleagues from the RNLI, and paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team, while Police negotiators spoke with the man. Shortly after 01.30h, the man was persuaded to hand himself into the care of Police officers – at this point all other rescue units were stood down.

099/15 - 18th November 10.05 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue 912, the Coastguard Search & Rescue Helicopter based at Humberside, was due to land at 10.15h. The Helicopter was transferring a fisherman to the RVI who had been recovered from Couquet Island after his fishing vessel sank.
Two Brigade members arrived on scene just as the Helicopter landed and assisted with the transfer of the casualty to an awaiting ambulance which then took him to the Hospital.

098/15 - 15th November 13.06 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after receiving a report of a body on rocks approximately 200 metres north of St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members worked with their colleagues from Blyth to secure and preserve the area whilst officers from Northumbria Police prepared the male casualty for extraction. The man was then carried off the rocks by Brigade members using one of our stretchers. The local Coastguard Rescue Service Senior Coastal Operations Officer was also in attendance at this incident.

The Brigade wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased.

097/15 - 11th November 20.45 IRT

While Brigade members were carrying out a first aid exercise on the North Tyne Pier, Humber Coastguard asked them to proceed to the south ramp at Tynemouth Long Sands to investigate a report received from Northumbria Police that a car was stuck in the sand. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that a hire car was well and truly stuck in the sand. As the car was a hire car, and as it was located above the high water mark, Brigade members were unable to help try and tow the vehicle back onto the ramp and the members of the public left with the car were advised to contact local car recovery companies.

096/15 - 5th November 13.37 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a member of the public who was concerned for the safety of a paddle boarder who was making his way south from St. Mary’s Island, roughly 200 yards from the shore. Brigade members kept a visual on the man, who appeared to be making good progress, and relayed the information back to the Coastguard. The Coastguard then paged Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, which arrived on scene around 13.55h, who spoke directly with the paddle boarder who confirmed that he required no further assistance and all rescue units were then stood down.   

095/15 - 1st November 13.26 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist the North East Ambulance Service with a woman who had sustained a possible broken arm after an incident on Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that a 37 year-old lady had tripped over a log on the beach and broken her arm. The lady was attended to by paramedics from the Ambulance Service who splinted her arm before she was taken to hospital by her family.  

094/15 - 29th October 10.45 IRT

Humber Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to assist in their continued efforts to identify the owners of the liferaft that the Brigade had recovered the previous day. Brigade members spoke with members of the RNLI and North Shields Fish Quay, but no positive leads were identified. Later that day, despite an intensive search to try and locate where the liferaft had originated from, Humber Coastguard decided to end their investigation as they had made little headway in identifying the owners of the raft, but were convinced that it had not been launched or used as part of an emergency situation.

093/15 - 28th October 12.06 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who had found a liferaft on rocks just to the east of Fish Quay Sands at North Shields, about ½ a mile from the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene and recovered the liferaft, which was designed to hold 8 people and was about 8ft by 8ft in size, from the river. At the request of the Coastguard, a detailed search of the raft found that it still had various survival packs onboard, including flares which went out of date in 2004, and maintenance records suggesting that it had last been inspected on a yearly basis up until 2001. All markings and serial numbers that the members could find were passed to the Coastguard, along with numerous photos to aid them in their detailed enquiries.
Although the Brigade was stood down around 15.00hrs, the Coastguard had been unable to confirm the origin of the liferaft and so their investigations, and enquiries by additional rescue organisations, remained ongoing.

092/15 - 7th October 20.34 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a woman who had found a kayak and kayaking equipment in the middle of Long Sands beach. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly established that the kayak belonged to a 19 year old male who, after returning from his kayaking trip, had had a domestic incident with his partner leading to him walking off along the beach – his partner, who was located at the sound end of the beach, was now concerned for his safety. Due to the rough local sea conditions, and due to the nature of the incident, Brigade members agreed with the Coastguard that they would carry out a search for the man to ensure that he was safe and well. After roughly 10 minutes the man was located and was very apologetic for the inconvenience he had caused. An officer from Northumbria Police arrived shortly after the man was located and, after a quick chat with both parties, it was agreed that no further action was required and the Brigade was stood down.

091/15 - 7th October 15.49 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that up to 3 people may be cut off by the tide on rocks between Browns Bay and Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene within 3 minutes of the call and located two teenagers wearing wet suits who were using bodyboards to play in the surf to the east of Marconi Point, which sits between the two Bays. Although they did not require any immediate assistance, the pair were in a very precarious position and were persuaded by Brigade members to move off the point and into an area where surfing was likely to be less dangerous. The Brigade updated the Coastguard on the situation and was then stood down.  

090/15 - 4th October 21.21 IRT + BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance with the search for a 77 year-old man who had advanced Alzheimer’s and had gone missing from his son’s house in Tynemouth at around 7pm earlier that evening. The Brigade Backup Response Team was called out and the Brigade Captain in charge also requested the Coastguard to task Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to swell the number of rescues searching for the missing man. In conjunction with ground units and the helicopter from Northumbria Police, a total of 9 Brigade members and 4 members of Blyth Coastguard carried out an extensive search of the riverbanks from the Shields Ferry Landing to the mouth of the River Tyne, and then northward along the Coastline as far as Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. At just after 11pm, the Police reported that the man had walked into Wallsend Police Station and was now safe and well. At this point both rescue teams were stood down by Humber Coastguard and returned to their respective stations.

089/15 - 27th September 02.02 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance with a man who was reported to be entering the sea at Whitley Bay, opposite the Rex Hotel. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a search of the area in conjunction with Police Officers and Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team. After a short while a report was received from 2 bystanders that they had seen the man leave the sea and return to his nearby hotel. Although the Police were unable to locate the casualty, all rescue units were stood down at 02.30h bearing in mind the information from the bystanders and as a search of the area had not found anyone requiring any further assistance.    

088/15 - 26th September 10.20 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police informed them that a full set of clothes and a watch had been found on the north pier at Cullercoats Bay earlier that morning. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a search of the area, but found nothing untoward and no sign of anyone requiring any immediate assistance. The Coastguard, after further discussions with the Police, then stood the Brigade down as the Police requested no further assistance with the matter at this time.   

087/15 - 22nd September 12.38 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was due to land at 13.30h with a male casualty airlifted from an oil rig in the North Sea. The helicopter landed on the RVI helipad at 13.30h, before transferring to the lower site, which Brigade members had cleared and prepared, while waiting for the helicopter paramedic to complete his handover in the hospital. This was done around 30 minutes later at which point the helicopter returned to Boulmer and the Brigade was stood down.  

086/15 - 20th September 15.58 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was due to land at 16.30h with a male casualty from Holy Island. After a short delay, the helicopter landed on the RVI helipad at 17.10h, before transferring to the lower site, which Brigade members had cleared and prepared, while waiting for the helicopter paramedic to complete his handover in the hospital. This was done at around 17.45h at which point the helicopter returned to Boulmer and the Brigade was stood down.  

085/15 - 13th September 16.18 IRT

On the conclusion of the below incident, Humber Coastguard asked the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was inbound from an oil rig in the North sea with a man who was suffering severe abdominal pain. The Helicopter landed on the RVI Helipad at 17.20h where the casualty was transferred into the hospital. The Helicopter then moved to the lower landing site, which Brigade members had cleared and prepared, while waiting for the helicopter paramedic to complete his handover in the hospital. This was done at around 17.45h at which point the helicopter returned to Boulmer and the Brigade was stood down.  

084/15 - 13th September 15.37 IRT

A short while later Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat with an immediate request for assistance to 2 kayakers who were thought to be in difficulty at the north end of Tynemouth Long Sands. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the Coastguard received further 999 calls which reported that there was in fact only 1 kayaker in trouble but that he had been swept out of his kayak by waves and was struggling to make his way back ashore while shouting for help. Brigade members arrived on scene at the same time as the Lifeboat to find that the man had managed to make it to the beach but was exhausted and appeared to have taken in a large amount of sea water. Brigade members supported the Lifeboat crew while they provided first aid to the casualty while an ambulance was called. A short while later the ambulance arrived and the casualty was taken to the RVI hospital in Newcastle for further assessment and treatment.
It was established that man was part of a larger group of kayakers who were returning to Cullercoats Bay following a trip down to Tynemouth. The casualty had become separated from the group and had then got in to difficulty when kayaking across the Bears Back Rocks between Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Long Sands. Shore crew from Cullercoats RNLI were able to establish that all the other kayakers returned to shore without further incident.

083/15 - 13th September 14.31 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call raising concern for the safety of a kayaker who appeared to be a long way offshore and who may have been struggling to make headway in blustery conditions. Brigade members arrived at Whitley Bay and quickly located the kayaker who was approximately 1 mile offshore of Whitley Bay making their way towards St. Mary’s Lighthouse. Using binoculars the Brigade kept a visual on the kayaker for around 10 minutes and witnessed them continue their progress north with no obvious signs of any difficulty. This information was relayed to the Coastguard and the Brigade was stood down.

082/15 - 10th September 12.23 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was expected to land with a casualty who had suffered a cardiac arrest. Although it was likely that the helicopter would land on the RVI’s helipad, the Coastguard asked the Brigade to proceed to the lower landing site so that this was ready in case it was needed given the serious nature of the incident.  
The helicopter landed at approximately 12.50h and the casualty was quickly transported into hospital before Rescue 131 then returned to its base. Once it was clear that the lower landing site was not required the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

081/15 - 8th September 15.23 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was expected to land with a man who had sustained injuries following a fall from a cliff in the Marsden area. As Brigade members made their way towards the site, a paramedic treating the casualty decided that the best mode of transport to hospital would be via land ambulance and therefore the helicopter and the Brigade were stood down.

080/15 - 6th September 10.00 IRT

While carrying out sea safety and water rescue demonstrations at Tynemouth Boating Lake, Humber Coastguard tasked the Brigade to investigate reports of a man clinging to the side of a boat on the River Tyne near Jarrow. South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were also sent towards the scene. Brigade members split into two teams with one on either side of the river. The team on the north bank arrived on scene first and directed the Lifeboat towards the casualty. Once the lifeboat had the casualty onboard the boat they proceeded to the south side of the river where they were met by the other Brigade members who assisted in transporting the casualty to an awaiting ambulance. Members of the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.
It is believed that the man ended up in the river after experiencing difficulties when trying to transport a generator onto his boat by using a small dinghy. Unfortunately the casualty was not wearing a lifejacket and was fortunate that a colleague was able to hear his shouts for help.

079/15 - 1st September 19.22 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who was concerned for the safety of what she thought was a group of 3 teenagers who were jumping into the sea from rocks on St. Mary’s Island, which was currently cut off from the main land due to the high tide. Brigade members arrived on scene and identified a group of 5 wearing wet suits who were currently in the water approximately 10 metres from the Island. Although the group were not indicating that they required any assistance, Brigade members and the Coastguard agreed that a Lifeboat should be sent to check on their safety as there was a strong current running around the Island which could put the group in danger should something untoward happen.
Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was called and was moments from reaching the scene when the group swam back to the mainland. Once ashore Brigade members spoke with them and found that the group were in fact all adults who were experienced in coasteering and swimming around St. Mary’s Island. However, they did not appear to be carrying any emergency equipment such as a VHF radio with them and the group were requested to inform Humber Coastguard when they go for future trips.
Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, who was in the local area on a coastal patrol, was also tasked and attended this incident.

078/15 - 31st August 01.24 IRT & BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from the concerned relatives of a 50 year-old man who had gone missing from his home at Cullercoats Bay earlier the previous evening. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and at 01.45h nine Brigade members were in the process of being briefed to start a search when the first informant confirmed that the missing gentleman had now been located safe and well in the company of another group of his relatives, and all rescue units were then stood down.

077/15 - 30th August 17.30 IRT

Later on in the patrol, Humber Coastguard tasked the Brigade to keep visual on a 22ft fishing boat with one person onboard which had suffered a mechanical failure in its gearbox approximately a quarter of a mile east of St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members directed Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat towards the vessel which was then towed safely back to a mooring at the Blyth Boating Association.

076/15 - 30th August 16.10 IRT

Just after resuming their patrol following the previous incident, Brigade members were requested by RNLI Lifeguards at Cullercoats Bay to assist them in giving safety advice to a group of teenagers who were tombstoning from a height of around 30 foot near that Bay. Brigade members spoke at length with the group who eventually agreed to move on from the area they were attempting to jump from.

075/15 - 30th August 15.30 IRT

While on a local area patrol at Tynemouth Long Sands, team members were waved down by a member of the public and asked to assist with first aid attention to a stilt walker who had fallen off his stilts and suffered a deep cut to his chin which would require hospital attention. Brigade members attended to the man’s wound while also informing Humber Coastguard who arranged for an ambulance to be sent as the casualty’s condition was deteriorating a little and there was concern that he may have banged his head when he had fallen. After a short while the ambulance arrived on scene and took the man to a local hospital for further assessment and treatment.  

074/15 - 23rd August 19.15 IRT

While concluding the below incident, Brigade members were informed by Humber Coastguard that a report had been made of a yacht struggling to make progress in the sea off Whitley Bay. Brigade members carried out an extensive shoreline search from St. Mary’s Island to Royal Quays Marina on the River Tyne, with nothing untoward sighted. The Marina confirmed that they had no vessels that were currently overdue and so, shortly after 8pm, the Brigade was stood down and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.  

073/15 - 23rd August 18.59 IRT

40 minutes after leaving Cullercoats Bay, Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to return to the area as officers from Northumbria Police had witnessed one of the groups the Brigade had spoken with return to the south pier and continue to jump into the sea. This group of youths were also believed to have been consuming alcohol.
A more severe safety advice was issued to the teenagers, in the company of Police Officers, and eventually they did all agree to stop jumping into the sea.

072/15 - 23rd August 18.04 IRT

Minutes after the Brigade had completed their coastal patrol; Humber Coastguard paged the team after receiving a 999 call from a concerned parent regarding teenagers who were jumping from the south pier at Cullercoats Bay with a large swell creating dangerous conditions within the bay. Brigade members arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the call and spoke to approximately 30 teenagers, across two or three different groups, all of whom agreed to leave the Bay once the dangerous of jumping into the sea had been explained to them.  The Brigade then stood down and left the area at 6.20pm. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

071/15 - 23rd August 15.50 IRT

While on a local area patrol at St. Mary’s Island, the Brigade was asked by a man for directions to the nearest walk-in health centre. On investigation the man explained that his wife had tripped and fallen on rocks and suffered injuries to her left arm. Brigade members provided medical attention to the woman who had in fact suffered a suspected break of her left hand and arm. The couple, who were staying at a local caravan park while on holiday from the Cambridge area, turned down the offer of an ambulance and, once the Brigade’s first aid trainer, who was on patrol with the team, had placed the arm and wrist in a support sling, they left the area so that her husband could drive her to the local hospital.  

070/15 - 21st August 10.12 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a dark inflatable had been spotted drifting in the River Tyne, near Blaydon. Brigade members arrived on scene and got a visual on the craft, which was in fact a red rowing boat, which was then recovered from the river by the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service Boat. After an inspection of the vessel by the Fire Service, it was deemed that it had probably drifted away from its moorings, and there was not thought to be anyone lost or missing from the craft. With this information in mind, the Coastguard then stood the Brigade down and the team returned to Tynemouth.

069/15 - 15th August 14.09 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was expected to land with two casualties who had been rescued following an incident at Blyth. As Brigade members made their way towards the Landing Site, the Helicopter confirmed that it would just be landing on the RVI Helipad, and not the lower site, and so the Brigade was no longer required and was stood down.  

068/15 - 14th August 18.12 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was due to land at 18.30h. Four Brigade members manned the site and assisted in the transfer of the casualty from the helicopter to an awaiting ambulance. The casualty was then taken to the RVI and the Brigade returned to station at 19.10h.

067/15 - 10th August 20.09 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance at Royal Quays Marina. Crew members on a sail training boat moored within the Marina were concerned at the behaviour of one of the teenagers in their care who was acting in a distressed manner close to the River. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the youth had now ran away from the Marina. Brigade members, along with crew members from Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat who had been asked to assist with the incident, carried out a search of the area with no sign of the missing youth. After approximately 30 minutes the Lifeboat was stood down while Brigade members continued with the shore-side search in conjunction with officers from Northumbria Police. A short while later, the missing teenager was located by Brigade members and was then passed back into the care of a police officer and the boat crew.

066/15 - 6th August 17.23 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist with two vessels that had broken down in the River Tyne, near to the Tyne Tunnel. A vessel had managed to get both broken down boats under tow, but had asked for assistance as the two boats were going eight miles upriver to the Ouseburn Marina. Brigade members found a vantage point near to the Tunnel that allowed them to keep a visual on the broken down boats while Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat made its way toward the scene. Once the Lifeboat had arrived, the Brigade was stood down as no additional shore-side assistance was required.

065/15 - 2nd August 14.38 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public thought that he had seen a kayak go missing, he was watching the kayak and looked at something else and when he looked back the kayak had gone but he thought he could see what looked like a head in the water. Team members arrived on scene along with Blyth Coastal Rescue Team, RAF Rescue Helicopter 131, Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, Tynemouth RNLI All-weather Lifeboat and the RNLI Lifeguards from Whitley Bay beach. A through search of the area was under taken and with nothing found, the "head" turned out to be a darkly coloured lobster pot buoy. All teams were stood down and the first informant thanked, this call was a false alarm with good intent.

064/15 - 30th July 20.58 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who had been watching a red and white speedboat make its way back towards the River Tyne. The man had seen the vessel almost capsize in waves off King Edward’s Bay, and then again as it entered the river mouth, and was very concerned for the safety of the person onboard. Brigade members kept a visual on the craft until the Lifeboat arrived. The Brigade was then stood down by the Coastguard.

063/15 - 30th July 18.20 IRT

As Brigade members contacted Humber Coastguard with regard to the below incident, they were advised that Tynemouth RNLI were in the process of towing a personal water craft back to its launching point at South Shields and the Brigade was requested to send team members to observe the tow, while prioritising members to attend the incident at Tynemouth Long Sands. As a Brigade member made his way to the river mouth the lifeboat crew confirmed that the craft was now back at South Shields and no further assistance was required.

062/15 - 30th July 18.20 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a surfer in difficulty in a rip current at the south end of Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed a number of surfers in the water at the beach, but none that appeared to be in difficulty, with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat reporting a similar situation from their vantage point in the sea. After a short while Humber Coastguard managed to re-establish contact with the first informant who confirmed that the surfer who he thought was in difficulty had made it back ashore, and had then resumed surfing in a safer part of the beach. With this information in mind the Brigade was stood down.

061/15 - 27th July 13.00 IRT

While carrying out some cleaning work at the CRE where the Brigade Land Rover is stored, Brigade members were approached by a member of the public who reported that a Land Rover Discovery 4x4 was stuck in the sand at Tynemouth Haven. Brigade members informed Humber Coastguard and proceeded to the scene where they were asked by the owner of the vehicle for a hand in getting him off the beach. After 5 minutes of shovelling to shift sand from around the tyres of the 4x4, the Brigade Land Rover was backed into position before it quickly towed the vehicle back onto the road. The driver of the vehicle, who was very grateful for the help he received, was then advised to avoid the beach in the future and the Brigade returned to station.  

060/15 - 26th July 20.19 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Coastguard Helicopter 912 from Humberside Airport was due to land at 21.24h with a sailor who was suffering with serious complications from a mosquito bite. At 21.00h, as Brigade members stood by at the landing site, the Helicopter crew decided to land at Newcastle Airport due to the inclement weather they were facing on the their flight into the airport and so the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.  

059/15 - 26th July 12.15 IRT

While carrying out water rescue training at Cullercoats Bay, Humber Coastguard requested the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was due to land at 13.30h. Brigade members secured the landing site with the helicopter landing around 13.40h, after it had dropped off a male casualty at the RVI Helipad. The casualty had an eye injury sustained on a fishing boat approximately 85 miles away from Newcastle in the North Sea.  After the Helicopter winchman had carried out a handover with staff at the RVI A & E Department he was given a lift back to the landing site in the Brigade Land Rover and the Helicopter departed at 14.05h with the Brigade then returning to station.

058/15 - 25th July 12.19 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was due to land at 20.10h. Brigade members secured the landing site with the helicopter landing slightly later than planned at 20.40h. Once on the ground the Helicopter then carried out a full shut down so that an incubator with a baby suffering from heart complications could be loaded safely onto it, along with a consultant and other medical staff. The Helicopter then took off at just after 9pm and made its way towards a specialist care unit at a hospital in Birmingham.

057/15 - 24th July 12.19 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after the 16 metre Northumbria Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority patrol vessel ‘St Aidan’ suffered steering difficulties 6 miles east of Bylth. The vessel was towed to Royal Quays Marina by the Lifeboat where it was met by two Brigade members who, after checking that all onboard were OK, which they were, gathered the necessary details which were then relayed to the Coastguard.
The Brigade then continued its patrol with nothing further to report.

056/15 - 24th July 03.03 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was due to land at 03.50h with a 32 year-old gentleman who had  suffered a hand injury while working on a North Sea Oil Rig. Brigade members secured the site with helicopter landing on time and without incident and the casualty then being taken by ambulance to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

055/15 - 16th July 22.05 IRT + BRT

Just as one of the team members was about to reach his home after the previous incidents, he drove past Browns Bay and noticed Northumbria Police Officers speaking with a female who was sat on the edge of a sea wall with a 30 foot drop below her. The Brigade member spoke with the Police who requested further assistance as the woman was suicidal and was threatening to jump. Humber Coastguard was then informed and the Brigade's Backup Response Team was then called out. After approximately 15 minutes the woman walked away from the cliff edge and was subsequently arrested for her own safety by the Police and the Brigade was stood down.

054/15 - 16th July 21.30 IRT

As officers at Humber Coastguard spoke with their colleagues in the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service Control room at the conclusion of the previous incident, the Fire Service received a request for assistance from Northumbria Police to assist with a male who was stood on the wrong side of railings on the High Level Bridge, Newcastle, who was threatening to jump. Brigade members stood by with Fire Fighters underneath the Bridge for approximately five minutes before the Police confirmed that this casualty was now safely in their custody.

053/15 - 16th July 20.40 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade later in the evening after receiving a request for assistance from the Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service who were assisting Northumbria Police with the search for a despondent male near to the Scotswood Bridge, on the River Tyne. The man had left a note indicating that he intended to take his own life and that he had taken a large quantity of drugs which would mean he would require urgent medical attention. A thorough search of the river and nearby paths and banks was carried out by the Fire Service, including their rescue boat, and the National Police Air Service Helicopter 32, with nothing untoward found. As Brigade members planned an expansion of search in conjunction with the Fire Service and the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team, Northumbria Police concluded that the gentleman was unlikely to still be in the vicinity of the River and all search units were stood down.

052/15 - 16th July 17.04 IRT

As Brigade members put away rescue equipment following the previous incident, they overheard Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team being tasked to investigate a report of an inflatable kayak with 2 people on board in the mouth of the River Tyne that may be drifting out to sea. Brigade members contacted the Coastguard to explain that they were nearby and were then tasked to assist with the incident, as was RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer that was training in the local area. The kayak returned to shore a short time after rescue units arrived on scene and the man and woman onboard were spoken to by members of Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team. Although they were only a short distance from shore and conditions were fairly sedate, they were advised to wear lifejackets or buoyancy aids for any future voyages.

051/15 - 16th July 16.00 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were searching for a suicidal woman in the Whitley Bay area. The initial Police request to the Coastguard was for a full search of the coastal area so the Brigade were asked to meet at their base while a search plan was put together. While at base, the Coastguard received new information that the woman was now on the wrong side of safety railings above the sea wall at Browns Bay, and so all rescue units were tasked to that location. As the Brigade arrived on scene the Police confirmed that the woman was now safely in their custody and all units were stood down.

050/15 - 15th July 21.39 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade following a request by RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer for the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site to be manned as they were inbound with a 69 year old gentleman who had been rescued by one of the Mountain Rescue Teams in the Lake District. Three Brigade members went straight to site and supervised the helicopter landing; meanwhile 4 additional members collected the Brigade Land Rover and then headed to the site. They arrived in time to man handle the Mountain Rescue unit's non standard stretcher from the helicopter to the awaiting Ambulance. The helicopter then departed back to its base at Boulmer. Brigade members were then requested to rendezvous with the Ambulance at the hospital to again man handle the stretcher back out of the Ambulance and into the hospital.

049/15 - 14th July 21.46 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from a member of Cullercoats RNLI that two orange sea kayaks had been left tied up against the sea wall at Browns Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and inspected the kayaks which appeared to be of age and, while still probably sea worthy, were not in top condition. The kayaks had been tied against the sea wall with a short piece of rope which would have meant that they would of been severely damaged, if not destroyed, by the next high tide, which was due at just before 3am. After checking the local area and pub for the owners of the kayaks, and with the onset of darkness, the Brigade agreed with Humber Coastguard to move the kayaks off the rocks and into storage at a local unit. Humber Coastguard will then inform Northumbria Police of the find of the kayaks in case anyone does come looking for them at a later date.    

048/15 - 10th July 20.08 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of youths in difficulty in the water at King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth. As Brigade members arrived on scene they observed Officers from Northumbria Police tending to youths on the beach. Two girls had been swimming in the sea when they got into difficulty and had been assisted out of the water by the Police Officers who had been nearby when the incident had unfolded.  

047/15 - 5th July 12.15 IRT

Humber Coastguard received a request for assistance from the local area co-ordinator for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) who was responding to reports of an injured seal on rocks just to the north of the buildings on St. Mary’s Island. 3 Brigade members donned water rescue kit and worked with their colleagues from BDMLR and St. Mary’s Seal Watch to safely approach and secure the seal. Once this was done the fishing line that had become stuck around the seal’s neck was cut free and, once everyone was in a safe position, the now somewhat agitated and confused seal was released and soon made its way back into the sea.

046/15 - 4th July 14.18 IRT

While the Brigade supported the ‘Mission Aid’ event organised by North Shields Fishermen’s Mission at West Quay, North Shields, they were alerted by a member of the public to a gentleman who had tripped over a curb and sustained a head injury. Brigade members worked alongside the event first aiders to care for the man who had sustained a cut to his head. After sitting with the man for 5 minutes and confirming that the wound did not appear to be too severe, and as he was not suffering from any other side effects, the gentleman left the event with his family and headed home for some rest and recuperation.
After leaving the ‘Mission Aid’ event Brigade members carried out a coastal patrol which coincided with the high tide and a large swell which was creating large waves along the North Tyneside Coastline. The Brigade spoke with a number of members of the public, particularly at St. Mary’s Island and Marconi Point, Cullercoats, and, while trying hard not to stop their fun and enjoyment, gave some key pointers on how they could continue their activities but without the risk of being swept out to sea – most of which appeared to have been taken onboard.

045/15 - 4th July 03.59 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police after a man they were involved with had ran down some steps into the River Tyne and was now in the water up to his neck. Five minutes later ss Brigade members made their way towards the incident, which was close to the North Shields ferry landing, the Police confirmed that the man was now out of the water and in their custody.  

044/15 - 3rd July 16.16 IRT

A short while later, Humber Coastguard again paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after the 3 man crew of the 28ft fishing vessel ‘Sapphire’ reported that they had broken down at the mouth of the River Tyne. Once the Lifeboat had towed the vessel to Royal Quays Marina, Brigade members spoke with the 3 men, all of whom were fit and well, and found that the vessel was thought to have broken due to water leaking into the fuel supply. No safety advice was required for the men as they were all wearing lifejackets and had distress flares and a VHF radio on board their boat.  

043/15 - 3rd July 15.04 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported that yacht had overturned approximately half a mile off shore from Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed a number of yachts, all of whom appeared to be sailing without incident. After speaking with local RNLI Beach Lifeguards, it was confirmed that no vessels appeared to be in difficulty and the Brigade was stood down.  

042/15 - 1st July 20.00 IRT

While carrying out  a water rescue exercise with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team in the mouth of the River Tyne at the Black Middens Rocks, (which had been pre-arranged with Humber Coastguard), Humber Coastguard radioed the Brigade after they had received a report that two people may be cut off by the tide on the…Black Middens Rocks. Brigade members quickly reassured the Coastguard that all their team members were safe and well, and then spoke with the first informant and confirmed that everything was ok and thanked her for her vigilance.

041/15 - 1st July 16.02 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from RNLI Beach Lifeguards that one of their lifeguards had been approached by a member of the public who had reported finding a full set of abandoned diving equipment at Browns Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a search of the local area, including to the south around Marconi Point, and as far north as the southern Whitley Bay promenade. No diving equipment was located, nor was there any sign of anyone in distress or difficulty. It was concluded that the equipment had been recovered in the time between the first informant making the report and the rescue team arriving on scene. All rescue resourcs were then stood down by the Coastguard.

040/15 - 29th June 15.58 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service who were responding to reports of a woman requiring immediate assistance in the water at Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find the woman in the care of a fire-fighter on a ledge approximately 10 foot above the rocks, and around 8 foot away from a promenade at the southern end of Whitley Bay Beach. The woman, who was on a combination of drink and drugs, was extremely distressed and eventually ended up back in the sea. She was then quickly rescued by a combination of the fire-fighter, RNLI Lifeguards, and a lifeboat crew member from Cullercoats. The lady was then taken back to Cullercoats RNLI station and taken into the care of the Police and Ambulance Service.

039/15 - 27th June 09.32 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with RNLI Lifeboats from Cullercoats and Tynemouth after a 999 call from the partner of a kayaker at Tynemouth Long Sands. The woman reported that her male partner had overturned his kayak off the north end of King Edward’s Bay, and had then been unable to right the vessel himself due to the amount of water in it. She had then paddled to shore but had now lost sight of the gentleman.
Brigade members, who were preparing for Cullercoats Harbour Day at the time of the page, were on scene within minutes of the call and spoke with the female on Long Sands. Just as a search of the area was being commenced, the woman received a telephone call from her partner confirming that he was safe and well on King Edward’s Bay.
A Brigade Captain went and spoke with the gentleman who explained that a passing boat had helped him ashore and that he required no medical attention. The man was advised to carry a VHF Radio and emergency flares to help raise the alarm in future incidents and the Brigade then returned to preparing for their Harbour Day demonstration.

038/15 - 22nd June 18.44 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with RNLI Lifeboats from Cullercoats and Tynemouth after receiving a report that a cabin cruiser had broken down off Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the vessel as it was towed back to Royal Quays Marina by Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather lifeboat. Once at the marina, Brigade members spoke with the crew and found that although they had most of the necessary safety equipment, their newly installed VHF radio had failed to work, which had limited their ability to call for help.

037/15 - 18th June 13.54 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site. RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was waiting to land on the helipad of the RVI, which was currently occupied by the Great North Air Ambulance, and so had requested the manning of the lower site. Brigade members arrived on scene at just after 2pm to find that both helicopters had now landed in the field off Richardson Road, after transferring their casualties to the hospital via the helipad. Brigade members manned the site for a further twenty minutes until both helicopters had safely departed.

036/15 - 14th June 13.40 IRT

While on a local area patrol at North Shields Fish Quay, Brigade members were alerted to a heavily intoxicated male who fallen over and suffered a significant cut to the back of his head. Brigade members helped stem the flow of blood from the gentleman’s wound before an ambulance from the North East Ambulance Service arrived and the man was taken away for further assessment and treatment.

035/15 - 14th June 03.42 IRT & BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police with the search for a missing 68 year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s and who had not been seen since 5.10pm the previous afternoon. The Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and eight team members carried out a thorough search of the North Tyneside coastline between Spanish Battery and St. Mary’s Island. The Brigade was stood down at 5.45am once it had completed its search brief. During the course of the incident Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer carried out detailed searches of the coastline, also finding no trace of the missing woman.

034/15 - 11th June 15.32 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with RNLI Lifeboats from Cullercoats and Tynemouth after receiving an urgent request for assistance from the crew of a vessel that was taking water close to the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members kept a watch over the situation as the vessel was tendered to by the Lifeboats before being taken back to it’s moorings at Friar’s Goose, located on the south side of the River Tyne.

033/15 - 10th June 23.02 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports that a male was in the water near to Sharpness Point, at the southern end of Tynemouth Long Sands. The Lifeboat was first on scene and carried out a search of the area and found no one in difficulty and nothing obvious taking place. Brigade members arrived a short time later and spoke with Police Officers who explained that all persons were accounted for and the incident had come about from a member of public having cause for concern for two swimmers whom they thought were swimming beyond their capabilities. Once on scene the Police Officer spoke with both men, who confirmed that they were safe and well, and the incident was then put down as a false alarm with good intent.  

032/15 - 10th June 20.50 IRT

The Brigade was then called out again to meet with the EOD team as they returned to Cullercoats Bay after successful dive on the charge, which they had now made safe. The Brigade Land Rover was used to recover the dive team’s boat from the sea but the Brigade was indebted to help it received from the crew of Cullercoats RNLI who used their tractor to recover the boat and trailer from the beach – a job that proved beyond the Brigade’s Land Rover which struggled with the heavy sand.  

031/15 - 10th June 19.24 IRT

While assisting with the below incident, Brigade members were informed by crew members of Cullercoats RNLI that they had received a report that a teenage boy had been hit on the head by a rock at rocks to the north of Cullercoats Bay. Further Brigade members were called out to assist with the incident and Brigade members worked with their colleagues from Cullercoats RNLI to provide first aid care to the child, who had suffered what was thought to be a panic attack after being hit. The casualty was then placed in a Brigade stretcher and carried off the rocks to an awaiting ambulance. Officers from Northumbria Police were also present at this incident.

030/15 - 10th June 17.12 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide support to Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists from HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, who had been called to dive on what was thought to be the charge section of a mine that had been pulled up in the nets of a local fishing boat at 8am the same day. The fishing boat had managed to safely bring the charge onto their boat and had then taken it to a local point off Whitley Bay beach which is a designiated area for dropping off ordnance.
Brigade members met with the dive team at Cullercoats Bay and the Brigade Land Rover was used to help launch their boat.  

029/15 - 7th June 04.21 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports that a heavily intoxicated despondent male was in the vicinity of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene within minutes of the call and found that the casualty had just been located by Police Officers on the North side of the Bay and was now safely in their custody.

028/15 - 6th June 15.04 IRT

While on a local area patrol, Humber Coastguard requested the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site in Newcastle as RAF Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was inbound to the RVI with a casualty who had suffered possible head and leg injuries after a fall near Seahouses. Although the site was cleared and manned by Brigade members, it was not required as the Helicopter landed on the Hospital helipad and chose not to move to the lower site. The Brigade resumed its patrol at 15.45h with nothing further to report.  

027/15 - 31st May 10.51 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports that a body had been located in the River Tyne near the pontoons of the NE1 marina at Newcastle quayside. Brigade members provided communication and logistical support to the RNLI, Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service during the course of the incident. Once scene-of-crime officers had attended to the casualty, the body of a male was then recovered from the River and taken away. At this point all rescue units were stood down and the Brigade returned to station.

026/15 - 30th May 14.22 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to keep watch over a 17ft boat, near to the mouth of the River Tyne, whose main engine had failed and was making very little headway on their back-up engine. Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat was tasked to assist and successfully towed the craft back to the public slipway at South Shields.

025/15 - 15th May 19.12 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a call from a concerned member of the public who thought he could see a kite surfer requiring assistance off the north end of Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members and the Lifeboat arrived on scene within 7 minutes of the call and found that although the surfer’s kite was in the water, he wasn’t in need of any urgent assistance. A lifeboatman then entered the water and helped the man bring his kite ashore where he was met by Brigade members who found that he was fit and well and was carrying all the necessary emergency equipment. Humber Coastguard was then updated on the situation and all rescue units were stood down with the call put down as a false alarm with good intent.

024/15 - 11th May 04.50 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving an urgent request for assistance from Northumbria Police after a Renault Mégane was driven off Watts Slope, Whitley Bay, and into the sea at speed. Brigade members arrived on scene 5 minutes after the call and found that the casualty had been recovered from the vehicle by police officers and was now in their custody.
As the car was at risk of being lost to the sea and causing a hazard to shipping, Brigade members worked quickly to secure a tow line to the vehicle before using the Brigade Land Rover to drag it above the high water mark where it was left in the care of the Police.

023/15 - 10th May 18.43 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a group of people were cut off by the tide on a small beach located on the north side of Sharpness point, next to the old swimming pool at Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and kept a watch over two casualties who were in no immediate danger, but did require assistance as the tide was still on its way in. Due to their location, the inshore lifeboat at Tynemouth was requested and once on scene it quickly rescued the pair and took them to safety at Cullercoats Bay.

022/15 - 9th May 13.23 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a concerned member of the public who was at Tynemouth Priory and could see a woman in King Edward’s Bay who he thought was acting in a strange manner which warranted further investigation. Brigade members arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the call and spoke with the woman who explained that she had been following a kestrel across the rocks and beach, and this then explained her slightly unusual movements. With this information passed on to the Coastguard and Police units, which were just arriving at the scene, it was agreed that the call was a false alarm with good intent and all rescue units were stood down.

021/15 - 26th April 15.40 IRT

While on a local area patrol Brigade members came across a road traffic collision involving two cars in Whitley Bay. As the casualties were already being attended to by paramedics, Brigade members diverted other traffic away from the area before officers from Northumbria Police arrived and took control of the incident. The Brigade then continued its patrol with nothing further to report.

020/15 - 24th April 12.52 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide shore-side support to Cullercoats Inshore and Tynemouth All-Weather RNLI Lifeboats which were making best speed towards the 7ft cabin cruiser, ‘Wendy Zee’, whose sole occupant had discovered a very serious water ingress in his engine compartment, while roughly ½ a mile off Whitley Bay Beach. The gentleman was initially assisted by the occupants of a passing boat who helped him stay afloat before the fast responding lifeboat crews were able to pump out the sea water and make the vessel watertight. Once this was completed the boat was towed back to Royal Quays Marina. Brigade members kept watch over the tow and then spoke with the gentleman once he was back at the Marina and found that he was carrying all the necessary safety equipment including a radio and lifejacket – he was also most grateful for the help and assistance he had received.

019/15 - 23rd April 18.13 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that three people were cut off by the tide just north of Sharpness Point, near the old outdoor swimming pool at Tynemouth Long Sands. A Brigade member was on scene within three minutes of the page where he was informed by a Police Officer that all persons were now safe. This information was relayed to the Coastguard who then stood the Brigade down. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also in attendance at this incident.   

018/15 - 15th April 21.06 IRT

Whilst packing up from water rescue training, Brigade members were approached by two Police Officers who were responding to a call they had from a concerned member of public who had seen 4 youths on the rocks near to the arches next to the old High Point Hotel. The first informant raised concerned as when she spoke to the youths about climbing on the rocks they replied with slurred speech and appeared to be in an intoxicated state. Humber Coastguard were informed and Brigade members assisted the police in searching the rocks and promenades from Table Rocks, north to the promenade under 42nd street. With nothing found and believing that the youths must have left the area, the Brigade was stood down.

017/15 - 15th April 03.06 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were dealing with an incident of a male on the cliffs in Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the man was now on North Pier at the Bay, talking to Police officers - eventually he was persuaded to leave the pier and return to the Safety of the land where he was taken into Police custody. Fire-fighters from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service and members of NEAS HART were also in attendance at this incident.

016/15 - 11th April 17.53 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after a Brigade member received a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had received a report that a car was stuck in the sand at Cullercoats Bay and was at risk from the incoming tide. As Brigade members were about to arrive on scene it was confirmed that the car had been pushed from the sand and no further help was required.

015/15 - 10th April 10.06 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had received a report that an intoxicated male was attempting to tombstone at Cullercoats Bay with the possibility of causing serious injury to himself. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that Police Officers had spoken with a number of gentlemen within the Bay and were satisfied that no further action was required.

014/15 - 7th April 20.03 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who was responding to reports that a man was in the vicinity of Browns Bay and was highly intoxicated. Brigade members arrived on scene at the same time as the Ambulance Service and found that the man was being violently sick. He was assisted into the ambulance which then took him to hospital so that he could receive appropriate care. Officers from Northumbria Police and fire-fighters from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.

013/15 - 6th April 10.53 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the Ambulance Service who were responding to reports that a man had been discovered on a grassy bank near Willington Quay, Wallsend, in a distressed and intoxicated state and help was required to get him safely to an ambulance. Working with colleagues from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, and the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the casualty was safely walked off the bank and to the ambulance. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, who had been requested to assist the Brigade at this incident, were stood down whilst en route once the casualty was safe.

012/15 - 2nd April 12.00 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting that a surfer may be in difficulty just outside the North Tyne Pier. The Lifeboat was first on scene and spoke with the casualty, who turned out to be a paddleboarder who was now making his way up the River Tyne, who confirmed that he required no further assistance. At this point the Brigade and the Lifeboat were stood down.  

011/15 - 27th March 17.52 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service who had received a call from a concerned relative of a middle-aged man who was believed to be in a distressed state near Brown’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly located the casualty, who was heavily intoxicated. A short while later an ambulance arrived and the gentleman was taken to a local hospital and the Brigade stood down.

010/15 - 21st March 00.08 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports that a 25 year-old woman was acting in a distressed manner at Dolphin Quays, North Shields Fish Quay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the casualty had now entered the river and was swimming out of a former dock area into the main body of the river. When reaching the main entrance to the River the casualty then climbed back up the side of Quay and disappeared from view on the riverside infront of a set of apartment blocks which are part of a gated community. Despite having difficulties initially accessing the riverfront, a joint search was carried out by Brigade members, the Lifeboat and Police Officers. As the Coastguard were preparing to send additional rescue assets including another lifeboat and a rescue helicopter to assist with the search, the casualty was located on the riverside by the Police. She was then taken into their care and all other rescue units were stood down.

009/15 - 12th March 12.39 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a telephone call from an off-duty Police officer who had observed a distress flare being fired by the occupants of a small vessel which appeared to be drifting approximately 400 metres off King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth. Brigade members arrived on scene and discovered that the vessel was in fact a personal water craft – they then kept the craft under observation until the Lifeboat arrived a short time later. The craft was then towed back to Cullercoats Bay were they were met by Brigade members who ensure they required no further assistance, which they did not, before all rescue units were then stood down.

008/15 - 23rd February 18.38 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a car had been seen to fall into the River Tyne near Pottery Bank, Walker. Brigade members arrived on scene along with their colleagues from Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team. Members of the public explained to Police Officers that they had observed four youths push the car down a grassy bank and its momentum had then carried it across the promenade, through the safety railings and into the river, at which point it promptly sank. A search of the river by the RNLI, the Fire Service’s Rescue Boat and the Police Helicopter gave no suggestions that anyone had been in the car at the time it entered the River and the Police stood all rescue resources down around 19.20h.

007/15 - 18th February 14.06 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a woman who said she was having suicidal thoughts and had consumed a large amount of alcohol. Brigade members, who were on station preparing to go on a coastal patrol, carried out a search for the woman who reported that she was near Collingwood’s Monument, and they quickly located her at the foot of a cliff on the east side of the Spanish Battery, overlooking the mouth of the River Tyne. Officers from Northumbria Police arrived a short time later and spoke with the woman before requesting the assistance of the Brigade to bring her back up the cliff to safety. Brigade members then prepared their Rope Rescue Equipment and a technician was lowered to the casualty before securing her in a rescue harness. They were then both hauled back up the cliff to safety before the woman was passed into the care of paramedics and the Police.
Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were requested by the Brigade to attend to provide additional manpower with a further three team members from Blyth attending the incident.

006/15 - 10th February 17.52 IRT & BRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports of a man was standing on the edge of a cliff at the south end of Whitley Bay. The man, who was intoxicated, was in a very volatile state and was shouting abuse at anyone who made an attempt to speak with him.
Due to the technical nature of the rescue situation the Brigade’s Backup Response Team was called out and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were also paged to assist the Brigade.
Brigade members arrived on scene at the same time as their colleagues from the Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service and it was agreed that the Brigade would prepare for a water rescue scenario, with members donning dry suits and lifejackets in case the man did end up in the sea and it was necessary to treat him in the sea with colleagues from the RNLI, while the Fire Brigade prepared for a line rescue in case the man needed assistance in moving away from the ledge.
After approximately 45 minutes the man agreed to move away from the ledge back towards safety and was taken into care by officers from Northumbria Police.

005/15 - 8th February 17.14 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a fisherman on the old swimming pool at Tynemouth Long Sands who was concerned for the safety of a surfer he thought may be struggling approximately 400 yards offshore. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and spoke with the surfer who confirmed that he required no further assistance, and after the Brigade and the Lifeboat had confirmed that all other surfers on the beach were safe and well, both rescue units were stood down.

004/15 - 24th January 13.46 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from a retired coxswain of Tynemouth RNLI stating that 6 people were cut off by the tide on the set of rocks known as ‘Bears Back’ which lie between Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that 3 of the 6, believed to be teenage girls, had waded the 15 or so metres from the rocks back to Long Sands beach and had now left the area, while the other three, a man, woman and child along with two dogs, had decided to await the arrival of the Lifeboat.
While conditions appeared to be relatively calm, the girls exposed themselves to unnecessary danger by wading back as a strong current can run between the rocks and the land, and they could have easily been swept off their feet and into a much more perilous situation – the Brigade recommends that if you do become cut off by the tide that you dial 999 and take advice from the Coastguard.
The remaining casualties, and the dogs, were quickly rescued by the Lifeboat and then brought back to dry land at Cullercoats Bay.

003/15 - 23rd January 03.14 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were attempting to locate a gentleman who was threatening to commit suicide somewhere within the Tynemouth area. Brigade members arrived on scene and received a quick brief from Police officers, at which point it was agreed to request the Coastguard to call out the Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to assist with the search as high tide was due shortly after 5am. Moments later, the Police received information that the casualty was located somewhere within the North Tyne Pier and all rescue units made their way to the Pier.
The casualty was quickly located by the Lifeboat standing close to the edge of the Pier towards its seaward end. When approached by Police officers the casualty agreed to follow their instructions and was then safely walked off the pier by the officers and Brigade members, who now wearing full water rescue equipment. The man was then taken into police care and all units were stood down shortly before 4am.

002/15 - 18th January 13.59 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with three RNLI Lifeboats after receiving a ‘mayday’ call from a group of kayakers who had been caught out by a sudden change in the weather while kayaking just outside the mouth of the River Tyne. The kayakers made a ‘Mayday’ call to the Coastguard on VHF Channel 16 after three of the group capsized just to the North of the Tyne Piers. Along with the Brigade, the Inshore Lifeboats of Cullercoats and Tynemouth, along with Tynemouth All-Weather Lifeboat, were tasked to attend the incident. An offer of assistance from the Port of Tyne Pilot vessel ‘Collingwood’ to the Coastguard was also accepted and it to made its way towards the scene.
The three kayakers were quickly recovered from the sea by Cullercoats Lifeboat, while the other vessels carried out a search to ensure no one else was in difficulty (as the kayakers were part of a original group of seven). As part of this search two Brigade members donned Water Rescue Life Jackets and Dry Suits and, in torrential rain, started making their way along the North Tyne Pier. A short while later it was confirmed that all the kayakers were accounted for, at which point Brigade members then went to the Shields Ferry Landing at North Shields to await the arrival of Tynemouth All-Weather Lifeboat, which now had the three kayakers onboard following a transfer from Cullercoats Lifeboat. Once at the ferry landing Brigade members escorted two paramedics to the Lifeboat who carried out a quick check of the 3 men, all of whom confirmed that they were fit and well and required no further medical assistance. At this point the men and their kayakers were dropped off at Priors Haven by the Lifeboat, and the Brigade stood down.

001/15 - 1st January 14.37 IRT

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a number of people may be in difficulty at the north end of Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene and, with no one in any obvious difficulty, commenced a search for the first informant, while the Lifeboat carried out a search of the sea. A short while later, with the Lifeboat finding nothing untoward, and the Brigade and the Coastguard unable to locate and re-contact the first informant, it was decided that the call was a false alarm with good intend and all rescue units were stood down.

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