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

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Callouts To Date - 138

138/16 - 30th December 11.55

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a female was stuck on a sea wall at the north end of King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth. The woman who was celebrating her birthday with a walk along the coast, had walked along the rocks between Tynemouth Long Sands and the Bay, before making her way onto the sea wall and then realising that due to the seaweed, it was too slippy for her to continue walking unaided.
Two Brigade members donned Water Rescue equipment and made their way to the casualty where they gave her a helmet and lifejacket. They then guided her off the sea wall and to safety.
The woman, who was extremely grateful for the help she received, then left the scene and all rescue units, including Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team who had been tasked to assist the Brigade and were travelling towards the scene, were stood down.  

137/16 - 27th December 07.45

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after receiving a request to assist Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service who were attending to a car that had been located overturned with a deceased male inside the car on the causeway to St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members and their Coastguard colleagues, including the local Senior Coastal Operations Officer, were on scene for 3 ½ hours providing support to the other emergency services. At just before 11.15h, once the casualty and car had been recovered, all rescue units were stood down.
The Brigade wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the relatives of the casualty.

136/16 - 23rd December 10.39

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a gentleman who had located a mountain bike which appeared to have been abandoned on the back track that runs from Hartley Bay down towards the wetlands just south of St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and investigated the bike which was not top of the range and had been left unlocked at a point on the track not close to any of the beach or rock access points and some 50 yards from the cliff edge. Brigade members carried out a search of the cliffs and local Bays but could find no sign of anyone requiring assistance. Furthermore, none of the numerous dog walkers or fishermen in the area spoken to by the team reported noticing anything untoward. After further consultation with UK Coastguard and Northumbria Police, details of the bike were noted and just before 12.00h, with no one reported as missing or overdue within the local area, all rescue units were stood down and returned to station.

135/16 - 19th December 12.46

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site as the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick Airport was due to land with a male casualty who had been reported as being in and out of consciousness after being recovered from a hill in the Cheviots. The Helicopter landed at 13.14h and Brigade members assisted in transferring the casualty, who by this time was conscious and alert, to an ambulance which took him to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

134/16 - 9th December 04.57

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist the other emergency services who were responding to reports that a person was in the River Tyne after reportedly falling from the Redheugh Bridge. As Brigade members left Tynemouth in the Brigade Land Rover to make their way towards the scene, UK Coastguard received a report that the casualty had been recovered safely by the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service and all other units were stood down.    

133/16 - 5th December 19.37

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with a search for a10 year old girl who had gone missing from a house in the North Shields area, close to the River Tyne. As Brigade members assembled and formulated a search plan, the girl was found safe and well at a friend’s house and all rescue units were stood down. Tynemouth RNLI was also in attendance at this incident.   

132/16 - 29th November 19.57

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to locate and observe an unmanned yacht which was drifting down the River Tyne after slipping its moorings at the NE1 pontoon by the Tyne Bridge. Brigade members arrived on scene and located the yacht near to Spillers Wharf where a rescue boat from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was in the process of towing it back towards it berth. A short while later the vessel was safely re-secured on its pontoon and all rescue units were then stood down.  

131/16 - 26th November 16.42

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site as the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Caernarfon was due to land at 17.30h with an injured walker. The helicopter arrived shortly after 17.45h and the casualty, who was thought to have fallen a distance of between 300 and 400ft in the Lake District but miraculously had sustained only minor injuries, was transferred to an awaiting ambulance and then taken to the RVI. While the helicopter went to Newcastle Airport to refuel, the Brigade Land Rover was used to transfer the helicopter winchman and his equipment from the hospital back to the landing site, with the helicopter returning at 18.40h, picking up its crew member, and then starting the journey back to Wales just after 18.45h.

130/16 - 19th November 22.35

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site as the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was en route with an estimated time at the site of 23.35h. As four Brigade members made their way towards the site, UK Coastguard advised them to stand down as the Helicopter had diverted to Hull.

129/16 - 15th November 17.14

The UK Coastguard requested a Brigade Captain to prepare a team for a possible tasking to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site as the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was heading towards an incident at South Shields where a report had been received of a cliff faller. As a Brigade team was being assembled, further information from the scene indicated that Helicopter transfer to Newcastle would not be required as the casualty’s injuries were not as serious as first thought. The Brigade team stood by on station till around 18.10h at which point the casualty was brought to safety in South Shields and all units were stood down.

128/16 - 15th November 14.09

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that 4 members of the public were stranded on St. Mary’s Island with the tide approaching its high water mark. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and quickly transferred the four casualties to the beach just to the north of the causeway where they were met by Brigade members. Once on dry land the four were deeply apologetic for the incident and explained that they had lost track of time whilst they were watching a number of seals who were on the rocks on the seaward side of the Island.  After receiving some suitable safety advice the four then left the scene and all rescue resources were stood down.

127/16 - 15th November 04.11

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a local resident at Brown’s Bay who had been woken from their sleep by what they thought were shouts from a distressed male coming from vicinity of the Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and after speaking with the first informants, deployed three search teams covering the coastal area between Whitley Bay and Cullercoats Bay, and also the local streets and roads. After further discussions with UK Coastguard the Brigade requested the launch of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat who, with the benefit of the high tide, was able to carry out a search close inshore. Furthermore, NPAS 32, the local Police Helicopter, also flew over the area at around 5.20h and carried out a brief search. At 05.25h, with no search units reporting anything of note and no persons reported as missing within the area, all rescue resources were stood down.

126/16 - 9th November 21.17

During the team’s weekly training session, a request for immediate assistance was received from a North East Ambulance Service paramedic who was en route to a report of a cardiac arrest at a restaurant in Cullercoats, a short distance from where the team were training. Brigade members made their way to scene, arriving five minutes later, to find that thankfully the casualty was now conscious and was receiving care from the paramedic. With a land ambulance on its way to take the casualty to hospital for further assessment and treatment, the team were stood down with thanks by the paramedic and returned to the Watch House.

125/16 - 9th November 11.32

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after a fishing vessel called for assistance at the mouth of the River Tyne. The boat was quickly towed to safety by the Lifeboat which brought it into the North Shields Fish Quay Area. Brigade members stood by during the tow and then provided onshore support once the vessel was alongside at a berth. At this point all rescue units were stood down. The Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter ‘Collingwood’ and officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance.

124/16 - 5th November 17.23

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public had contacted them stating that she could see a number of lights at the seaward end of the North Tyne Pier. At the time the weather conditions were poor with waves breaking over sections of the pier and heavy rain showers.

Brigade members arrived on scene and after assessing the situation and speaking with UK Coastguard and Port of Tyne sent a two man team onto the pier to investigate the source of the lights. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested and launched to provide safety cover for the pair. After using the tunnel that runs from halfway along the tunnel to the seaward end, Brigade members found two fishermen who were confirmed as being the source of the lights. Although the fishermen were unhurt and in a position of relative safety, they were asked, and agreed, to be escorted off the pier due to the weather conditions and the fact that they were trespassing as the pier had been closed by the Port earlier in the day. This was completed without incident and the men were then spoken to at length by officers from Northumbria Police. Once all persons were accounted for and off the pier all rescue units were stood down. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was also in attendance at this incident.

123/16 - 5th November 13.20

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to locate and observe two personal water craft which had launched from Cullercoats Bay and were believed to be potentially at risk due to the poor weather and sea conditions at the time. Crew members from Cullercoats RNLI had alerted the Coastguard to the plight of the pair and were standing by at their station ready to launch their lifeboat should it be required.

The craft were located by Brigade members just inside the Tyne piers where they were sheltering from the weather. The Lifeboat was then launched and safely escorted the craft back to their launching point at the Bay. Here they were met by Brigade members who issued them with safety advice about launching in such poor sea conditions. This was taken onboard by both men who did at least have safety equipment with them including VHF radio and distress flares.

122/16 - 2nd November 17.24

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend North Shields Fish Quay where Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat were towing the fishing vessel ‘Success III’ after her crew had called for assistance at around 11am. The Lifeboat had towed the vessel the 40 miles back to the Tyne and the Brigade members assisted Fish Quay staff with securing the mooring lines of ‘Success III’ before gathering some safety information which was then passed to the Coastguard.

121/16 - 30th October 18.17

The UK Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist with the search for a despondent male who had a previous history of self harm and was threatening to jump from a high point within the North Tyneside coastal area.
Brigade involvement with the callout had started when a team member out for a walk at Tynemouth Long Sands was approached by relatives of the casualty asking if he had seen him. The team member put the relatives in touch with the UK Coastguard who gathered all of the information, and then tasked the rest of the team to start a local area search.
After around 20 minutes, and after extensive conversations with the first informants, UK Coastguard and Northumbria Police, it was established that the casualty was still driving around in his car and was in fact moving away from coastal areas. A short while later the casualty was taken into care by another relative and brought to an address where Police Officers could attend and speak with him. With the incident concluded Brigade members waited with the first informants until they too were collected by Police Officers before then returning to station and standing down.

120/16 - 27th October 13.53

The UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from one of two fishermen onboard a fishing vessel which had suffered a mechanical failure to its fuel pump whilst hauling pots around a mile from St. Mary’s Island. The vessel was quickly brought back to its berth at Seaton Sluice harbour by the Lifeboat. Once at the harbour Brigade members spoke with the crew who had some safety equipment but were reminded of the importance of wearing lifejackets and carrying a VHF radio – the crew then thanked the Brigade and Lifeboat for their assistance and all rescue units stood down.

119/16 - 26th October 18.35

The UK Coastguard tasked the Brigade to attend the Tyne Bridge after they received a 999 call from a man suggesting that he may be considering to self harm in the vicinity of the Bridge. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a search of the area with support from Northumbria Police and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service. At around 19.15h, with no further information and no sign of anyone requiring any assistance, all rescue units were stood down.

118/16 - 23rd October 14.06

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that two passenger vessels may have been involved in a collision on the River Tyne. Although no persons were thought to be injured, the Coastguard had been unable to make direct contact with the owners of the vessels and needed to find out more information. Brigade members and officers from Northumbria Police made their way to Newcastle Quayside and located both vessels alongside at their respective berths, but with no crew present. After further inquiries by the Coastguard contact was eventually made with a crew member who confirmed that a collision had occurred around 12.30h but both vessels had been able to make their way back to their berths unaided. The matter was reported to the incident investigation branch of the Coastguard and the Brigade was then stood down.  

117/16 - 22nd October 20.24

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing in Newcastle for the arrival of Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 999 from Prestwick Airport.  The Helicopter landed at 21.15h and the casualty, a woman who had suffered serious injuries after a car crash in the Workington area, was transferred to an awaiting ambulance which then took her to the RVI.

116/16 - 21st October 18.26

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concern for the safety of a man who appeared to be heavily intoxicated on the lower promenade at the south end of Whitely Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and, along with officers from Northumbria Police, spoke with the man who had also sustained minor injuries after failing over. A number of relatives of the casualty then arrived and it was agreed between them and the Police that the best course of action was for the man to be taken to his home and the Brigade was stood down. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was also tasked to attend this incident.

115/16 - 20th October 15.09

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to prepare the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site in Newcastle. Coastguard Rescue Helicoper 912 had been called to assist with a multi-agency response to a man who had sustained critical injuries onboard a vessel anchored just off the River Tyne, with the intention of the Helicopter bring the casualty to the landing site for onward transportation to the RVI. As members stood by at the site, the sad news was received that the casualty had died and the Brigade was stood down. However, while en route back to station the team was diverted to Beaconsfield in Tynemouth to set up another Landing Site. This was used by Rescue 912 who landed to drop off a paramedic who had been treating the casualty onboard the boat. The Brigade was then placed on stand by as the incident remained ongoing and it was unclear if further Brigade assistance would be required. The team was finally stood down at 17.45h.

114/16 - 19th October 17.58

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports of a woman threatening to self harm from the cliffs at Hartley Bay. A Brigade member arrived on scene and was informed by a Police Officer that all rescue units could stand down as the casualty was now safe and in their care.

113/16 - 16th October 19.04

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) to help Northumbria Police search for a woman in the Tynemouth area who was believed to be at risk of self-harming. As the Brigade search teams were assembling the woman was located by Police Officers on Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. She was stood at the top of the cliff on the seaward side of the railings.
The Brigade and Blyth CRT prepared to undertake a rescue in the event of the woman falling. However, Police Officers soon persuaded the woman to return to safety and the Brigade stood down and returned to station at around 19:25h.

112/16 - 16th October 15.40

As Brigade members sorted out their equipment following the previous incident, Humber Coastguard requested them to proceed immediately to the promenade at Whitley Bay near to the Renedevous Café where a dog had entered the water and there was concern that members of the public may make an attempt to rescue it. Two minutes later, as Brigade members travelled towards the scene, the team was stood down as confirmation was received that the dog had returned to the shore and no one required any further assistance.  

111/16 - 16th October 13.48

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a small rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) was washed ashore inside the mouth of the River Tyne on the Black Midden Rocks. The Lifeboat crew arrived on scene and confirmed that the two occupants of the boat had reached the rocks and were safe, and were now attempting to move the RIB to higher ground as it was not thought possible to get the boat back out to sea due to local sea conditions.
Two Brigade members, wearing Water Rescue equipment, made their way to the RIB and attached a line to it which was then attached to a strong point on the cliff top and the vessel was pulled as close in to the cliff as possible to protect it from the sea until a proper recovery could be attempted.
Meanwhile, a Brigade member also took the two crew back to Royal Quays Marina, where they had originated from so that they could be reunited with their car and make their way home to warm up.
Once the vessel was secure, and with the fuel cans and a number of other valuable items recovered from the RIB and returned to the owner, the rescue units were stood down with the owner intending to recover the vessel in the next day or two once conditions allow.

110/16 - 16th October 02.41

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving an urgent request for assistance after a 19 year-old male and 21 year-old female were reported to have been washed off the sea defences at the south end of Whitley Bay.
Brigade members arrived on scene to find that thankfully both casualties had managed to make their way back ashore and were not in a serious condition. After liaising with their colleagues from the Police and Ambulance service, it was established that the male casualty, who was extremely drunk, had been swept into the water with five of his friends attempting to rescue him, but all ending up in harm’s way. Thankfully all 6, including the man and a female companion who was also swept in, were able to be recovered just as the first emergency units arrived.

At the time of the incident the sea conditions were horrendous due to the high tide, wind direction and swell – with waves of between 10 and 20 foot breaking off the sea defences. Although the Lifeboat was able to launch, both their crew and Brigade members would have had great difficulty, and been in a position of great danger, had they needed to attempt rescue of anyone close inshore at that location. We would urge all members of the public to keep their distance from the waters edge when waves are breaking and to totally avoid coastal areas when consuming alcohol.

109/16 - 9th October 00.30

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a man had entered the River Tyne from the south bank near to the Shields Ferry Landing at South Shields and was believed to be swimming across to the north side, but had been lost from the view of officers stood on the south side.
Brigade members made their way to the north bank of the Tyne, between the Dolphin Quays and Shields Ferry Landing area and, working with Police ground units, managed to locate the casualty who had successfully reached the north side of the river. Brigade members then directed the Lifeboat to the man’s location who hauled the man onboard their boat and took him back to their station. With the man back at the lifeboat station, conscious and in the care of the Lifeboat Crew, Police Officers and Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service, the Brigade was stood down.  

108/16 - 1st October 23.41

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police who were dealing with a male threatening suicide on North Shields Fish Quay. The Brigade arrived on scene to find a male at the western end of the fishing pier threatening to self-harm with a knife and enter the water. Tynemouth RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat and Brigade members donned their water rescue equipment, both teams standing by in case he entered the water. Police negotiators persuaded the man to move to a position of safety at which point he was taken into custody. With no persons remaining in danger the Brigade stood down around midnight.

107/16 - 27th September 11.02

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist a 76 year-old lady who had twisted her knee on the beach at Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and cared for the casualty before working with paramedics to carry her across the beach via a stretcher and into an ambulance. The woman, who had fallen after tripping over her dog lead after her dog ran around her, was then taken to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

106/16 - 18th September 14.35

As Brigade members carried out a local area patrol they were tasked by Humber Coastguard to attend Tynemouth Long Sands where a report had been received of a 17 year old boy who had suffered a suspected broken leg while jumping from a wooden platform on the beach. Brigade members worked with the RNLI Beach Lifeguards to stabilise the casualty until the arrival of paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team. Once the paramedics arrived the casualty was placed in a Brigade stretcher and carried from the beach to an awaiting ambulance.

105/16 - 17th September 16.54

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police and RNLI Beach Lifeguards who were looking for a 9 year old girl who had last been seen at the north end of Tynemouth Long Sands. Shortly after Brigade members arrived and started a hasty search for the child, the Police confirmed that she had been found safe and well and all rescue units were stood down.

104/16 - 13th September 18.11

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police with a male casualty who had contacted them saying that he was considering self harming within the area of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find Police Officers negotiating with the man who was positioned on the rocky outcrop which comes east from the mainland at the south end of the Bay, and is known locally as ‘Camel’s Hump’. After around 20 minutes the man agreed to receive assistance from the Police Officers, who were able to escort him off the rocks and to a position of safety. Brigade members then stood by as he was attended to by a crew member from the Lifeboat who gave first aid for a number of cuts and bruises that he had. The man was then taken to a local hospital by Police Officers and all rescue units were stood down. The casualty was well known to all the emergency services, and had been rescued by the Brigade and the Lifeboat from almost the same position in June 2014.

The Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident but stood down once the casualty had been escorted off the rocks.  

103/16 - 11th September 17.06

While team members were on a local area patrol they became aware that a North East Ambulance Service crew were searching Cullercoats Bay after a report was received of a man possibly having the symptoms of a stroke on a set of stairs within the bay. As Brigade members prepared to assist the crew, information was received that the casualty was actually at King Edward’s Bay. With Humber Coastguard kept aware of the updates, Brigade members made their way to Tynemouth where they found that the casualty was in the care of RNLI Beach Lifeguards. After a short while it was confirmed that no further Brigade assistance was required with the casualty now in the care of the ambulance crew and the Brigade resumed its patrol with nothing further to report.

102/16 - 9th September 08.29

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a dog had been spotted perched on a cliff ledge just above the high water mark on the north side of Marconi Point, at Browns Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and, after evaluating the different rescue options, deployed a water rescue operator in a dry suit who was able to wade across to the dog and safely bring it back ashore.

Once ashore the dog was passed into the care of the local residents on the Point who offered to care for it while arrangements were made to locate the owner. Although the dog was chipped, there were no contact details displayed on the dog, so the Coastguard requested a vet to come and scan the chip. Meanwhile, 3 Brigade search teams were deployed within the local area to ensure that the owner wasn’t in any difficulty within the coastline and to see if this highly visible presence helped draw the attention of the owner. After a short while, Brigade members spoke with members of the public who knew of a woman looking for a missing dog in Tynemouth and, after a few telephone calls and conversations, the owners of ‘Arnie’ the poodle were located and reunited with their dog.

The owners explained that earlier that morning ‘Arnie’ had slipped his lead whilst tied up outside a shop in Tynemouth. ‘Arnie’ had  then travelled just under 2 miles before reaching Browns Bay where the first informant had witnessed him make his way down the ramp at the Bay, into the sea, and then out to the rock where the Brigade recovered him from.

101/16 - 8th September 03.34

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and asked if they would be willing to assist the owner of a Daihatsu Terios, a mini 4x4, which had become stuck in the sand and lodged on a piece of driftwood at the beach at the Haven in Tynemouth. Four Brigade members volunteered to attend and used their extensive training and equipment to quickly and safely pull the vehicle to safety.
The owner of the vehicle explained that he had been stuck on the beach for around six hours and had only purchased the vehicle earlier on the previous day. He was issued with extensive safety advice by the Brigade members and asked not to attempt to drive on the sand again. He then thanked the Brigade for their help and the team was stood down at 04.45h.

100/16 - 6th September 21.37

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet a fishing boat being towed to Royal Quays Marina by Tynemouth RNLI. The vessel had broken down roughly 3 miles off Marsden the Coastguard had concerns that the vessel may not be carrying the appropriate safety equipment and that the crew may not be totally clear on when and how to call for help should a future breakdown or emergency at sea occur.
Once the vessel was alongside at the Marina, Brigade members spoke with the crew and talked through a number of safety points and found that the boat was equipped with a VHF Radio and all crew had lifejackets but there were no distress flares. Once the safety brief was complete the crew thanked the Brigade and Lifeboat for their help and then all rescue assets were stood down and returned to station
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099/16 - 6th September 12.40

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the helicopter landing site at Richardson Road, Newcastle, where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 from Humberside Airport was due to land at 13.48h. The aircraft, transporting a man from an oil rig with chest pains, landed on time and the casualty was able to walk to an awaiting ambulance which took him to the RVI. Brigade members then assisted with transporting helicopter crew and equipment back from the hospital to the landing site before the helicopter departed around 14.15h.

098/16 - 4th September 18.52

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after receiving a report that a man and a dog were stuck towards the bottom of a cliff, north of St. Mary’s Island, with no access from the cliff bottom due to the high tide. Brigade members arrived on scene and, working with their colleagues from Blyth, lowered a Brigade Rope Rescue Technician down the cliff. As the man was in no immediate danger, the Springer Spaniel named ‘Molly’ was brought up the cliff first, with the technician then returning to recover the man. The incident was completed just after 20.00hrs with all persons safely back on the cliff top.

097/16 - 31st August 14.52

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team with a request to assist Northumbria Police who were responding to reports of a man threatening to self harm from the sea wall at the south end of Whitley Bay, near to the Esplanade. As Brigade members arrived on scene the man agreed to come away from the edge of the wall and was taken into care by the Police. Police Officers confirmed that the casualty involved was believed to be the same gentleman involved in an incident of the same nature and in the same location earlier in the week (see incident 095/16).  

096/16 - 30th August 06.40

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after receiving a report that a heavily intoxicated 45 year-old male had entered the water at Fish Quay Sands on the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the Lifeboats had reached the man but he had refused to come aboard their boat and had insisted that he would keep swimming. After around 10 minutes the man, who was naked, eventually did come ashore where he was met by Brigade members and his partner, who had been with him on the beach but had not entered the water. The man was taken into an ambulance and spoken with by officers by Northumbria Police. However, despite being very drunk and ice cold to touch, the man refused the requests of all the emergency services that he attend hospital to be thoroughly checked over, insisting that he was perfectly fine and required no further assistance. At around 07.40h, the man and his partner left the scene and all emergency services were stood down.

095/16 - 29th August 19.17

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service who were responding to reports of a man threatening to self harm from the sea wall at the south end of Whitley Bay, near to the Esplanade. As Brigade members arrived on scene the man agreed to come away from the edge of the wall and was taken into an ambulance – at this point the Brigade was stood down.

094/16 - 29th August 15.30

As Brigade members completed the below incident, Humber Coastguard tasked them to proceed immediately to the North Shields Ferry Landing area of the River Tyne where a report had been received of a yacht on fire. Despite travelling through some extremely congested roads, Brigade members made their way towards the scene but received an update whilst on route that RNLI Lifeboats from Tynemouth and Cullercoats had reached the yacht and there was no further need for an emergency response. The vessel was brought into Royal Quays Marina where it was checked over by fire-fighters from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service who confirmed that the vessel was safe. Once on scene Brigade members spoke to the crew of the yacht who explained that there had actually not been a fire, but a great deal of smoke had been caused when the engine overheated.

093/16 - 29th August 15.00

While on safety patrol at St. Mary’s Island as part of the Blyth Tall Ships Regatta 'Parade of Sail', Brigade members were approached by a lady who asked for assistance in locating her husband, whom she had last seen 3 hours before. The lady explained that her husband had returned to the car to collect their food but they had been unable to find each other since and she was concerned for his health as he was 81 and suffered from a number of health conditions. Brigade members passed details of the incident to the Coastguard Bronze Command Officers who worked with their colleagues from Northumbria Police to both ensure that the description of the man was shared throughout the many ground assets they had within the area. After a short while, a Brigade foot patrol located the man safe and well back at his car and the Brigade Land Rover was then used to transport his wife back to the car at Hartley Bay where the couple were reunited.

092/16 - 28th August 10.30

While on local patrol at the very north end of Whitley Bay beach, Brigade members noticed two RNLI beach lifeguards next to the body of a dead porpoise. As porpoises are one of a number of marine mammals that the Coastguard keep records on, Brigade members took full details and photographs of the 1.2m harbour porpoise and then passed the information on to the Coastguard. The porpoise was then moved up the beach above the high water mark for collection by North Tyneside Council for disposal.

091/16 - 27th August 05.22

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police in locating a despondent female who had gone missing from an address in Percy Main at around 04.30h. The woman had stated that she was heading in the direction of the River Tyne and so the nine Brigade members met up and started to put together a search plan covering the riverbank area from the Tyne Tunnel to North Shields Fish Quay. As Brigade members started their search, the Police confirmed that the woman had been located at an address in North Shields and taken into their care.

090/16 - 25th August 11.39

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and the Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service who were responding to reports of a dog stuck on a ledge at Seaton Sluice Harbour, close to the King’s Arms Pub. Brigade members arrived on scene as the dog was recovered by the Fire Brigade before being reunited with its extremely grateful owner.

089/16 - 24th August 17.55

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a person was threatening self harm on the coastline at the south end of Whitley Bay. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Coastguard received an update confirming that all persons were safe and that no further assistance was required, and so the Brigade was stood down.

088/16 - 21st August 18.10

As Brigade members drove back to their station in Tynemouth at the end of a local area patrol they came across a gentleman on a mobility scooter which he had stopped on double yellow lines on the road above King Edward’s Bay. The gentleman, who was trying to light a cigarette whilst sat on his scooter, insisted that he required no assistance, but refused to move his scooter from what was a dangerous position. Brigade members waited close to the man while calling for assistance form Northumbria Police. A short while later the man indicated that he did need help and stated that his scooter appeared to have ran out of battery power. Brigade members then lifted the scooter off the road to a safer a position before police officers arrived and then arranged transport for the gentleman to be taken back to his care home in Whitley Bay.

087/16 - 18th August 18.50

As Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 prepared to take off from Cullercoats Bay to fly its casualty from the below callout to the RVI, Humber Coastguard requested the Brigade to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site, in preparation for the arrival of the helicopter. Three members were sent in the Brigade Land Rover and arrived on scene and cleared the landing site just as the Helicopter was approaching. They then assisted in transferring the casualty to an ambulance which then took him to the RVI, with the Land Rover used to ferry Helicopter equipment back from the hospital to the Landing Site. The Helicopter left the area at around 20.05h and the team then returned to their base in Tynemouth.

086/16 - 18th August 17.45

As the below incident at Browns Bay was ongoing, Humber Coastguard requested that the Brigade attend an unrelated incident at Cullercoats Bay where RNLI Beach Lifeguards were responding to reports that a man had been found in an unconscious state on the south side of the Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find the Lifeguards treating a gentleman who was unconscious and had fallen on rocks, sustaining serious facial injuries. Furthermore, the casualty was also believed to have taken large amounts of drink and drugs. As the casualty was stabilised by the Lifeguards and the Brigade. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team arrived and set up a Helicopter Landing Site on the boat field, between Cullercoats and Tynemouth Long Sands, for Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 from Humberside. The Helicopter had originally been tasked to attend the incident at Browns Bay, but had been diverted to Cullercoats Bay when the Air Ambulance had arrived at the first incident. The Casualty was treated by the paramedic from the Helicopter and then placed on a stretcher and carried to the aircraft which flew him to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

085/16 - 18th August 17.25

While out for a walk near to Browns Bay, a Brigade Section Leader became aware of a group of teenagers shouting for help and, on investigation, found that a 13-year-old boy had fallen a distance of around 20 feet, landing on a sea wall at the south side of Bay. The Brigade member gave immediate first aid and stabilised the casualty, whilst asking members of the public to contact Humber Coastguard and Beach Lifeguards at Cullercoats Bay for further assistance. With the Coastguard paging the rest of the team, other Brigade members arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the call and worked with the RNLI Beach Lifeguards and a paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service to care for the casualty who had sustained multiple serious injuries. Further assistance and medical attention was provided by the Great North Air Ambulance, Fire-fighters from the Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service and Northumbria Police. The casualty, who was critically ill, was placed on a Brigade stretcher and carried off the sea wall and to the Air Ambulance which had landed in a private garden on the cliff top at Marconi Point. He was then flown to the RVI for further assessment and treatment.

084/16 - 16th August 19.10

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call raising concern for three teenage boys who were swimming in the sea just off Hartley Bay. The first informant was concerned that the children, wearing only t-shirts and shorts, were beginning to drift away from the shoreline and were not adequately dressed to cope with the cooler evening conditions. Although the tide was on its way out, the Coastguard requested the Brigade to make contact with the group and pass on safety advice.

Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and spoke with the group, who were quite happy enjoying their evening swim, but were somewhat oblivious to the dangers they were exposing themselves to. The three boys agreed to come out of the sea, get changed and said that they would then head home on their bikes which they had left on the cliffs above the bay. As Brigade members waited for the trio to change, their bikes were spotted precariously placed on a crumbly cliff top close to the edge. The bikes were then recovered in a safe manner by Brigade members, and the boys were issued with further guidance about climbing on cliffs before they then left the scene.  

083/16 - 14th August 19.31

While Brigade members were on a local area patrol, Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police with a male who was in a distressed state and was threatening to enter the sea in the vicinity of Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members arrived on scene and were informed by Police Officers that the male was in the process of entering the sea on the south side of King Edward's Bay and so members in water rescue equipment were deployed to the assist. As they reached the casualty the man decided to leave the water and was taken into care by the Police and Ambulance Service. Brigade members then escorted the casualty, his family members and other emergency service personnel off the rocks before being stood down.

082/16 - 13th August 11.50

Whilst carrying out Rope Rescue training at Manhaven, South Shields, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade (SSVLB) were paged by Humber Coastguard to reports of a distressed female on the cliff top near Marsden Grotto. After disassembling the Rope Rescue equipment, six Brigade members and seven SSVLB members were on scene at the incident within five minutes of the page. Upon arrival, a seventeen year old female was found to be on the cliff top on the wrong side of the railings. Police officers and Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service were already on scene with the Fire Brigade in the process of setting up rope rescue equipment. As the casualty was in imminent danger of falling in the region of over 100ft  on to the rocks below, five Brigade members and two SSVLB members made their way down to the bottom of the cliff to stand by with first aid equipment and a stretcher. Unfortunately the girl fell from the cliff and upon impact suffered multiple major trauma injuries to her head and body and was not breathing. Brigade members working alongside SSVLB members provided immediate first aid to the casualty and administered CPR until the casualty started breathing again. Paramedics and a doctor provided advanced treatment to the casualty in order to stabilise her, and it was then decided that the best method of extraction was via the air ambulance, which landed on the beach. The girl was transferred to the air ambulance and taken to the RVI in a critical condition with life threatening injuries. Unfortunately she was pronounced dead at the hospital. Our sympathies and condolences go out to her family at this sad time.

Additional SSVLB members, Sunderland Coastal Rescue Team, Police Officers, Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service appliances, North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team and Paramedics, the North East Air Ambulance and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter were also in attendance at this incident.

081/16 - 11th August 19.01

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for support from the North East Ambulance Service who were dealing with a lady who had fallen on the rocks on St Mary's Island and damaged her ankle. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the casualty was being treated by paramedics from the Ambulance Service. The lady was put onto a stretcher and members assisted the paramedic in carefully carrying her to the awaiting Ambulance for transportation to the local hospital from treatment.

080/16 - 10th August 21.58

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from Northumbria Police that a 12 year old boy had fallen into the water inside Royal Quays Marina and required urgent assistance. Brigade members and the Lifeboat made their way to the scene, assisted by the Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter, and arrived to find that the casualty, who was actually an elderly lady, had been recovered from the marina by members of the public and was now in the care of the Ambulance Service. With the casualty able to walk to the ambulance before being taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment, all rescue units were stood down and returned to their respective stations.

079/16 - 9th August 17.20

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to search the Browns Bay and Marconi Point area for two people who may have been cut off by the tide. The Coastguard had received a report from a member of the public who had been passing the area in their car, but had since left the scene. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and identified two teenagers in wetsuits who were dodging the waves on Marconi Point. The pair confirmed that they required no assistance but said that they had seen two younger children, in normal clothes, walking north along the point around 20 minutes earlier. A thorough search of the area was then carried out with nothing further sighted. Brigade members then fed all this information back to the Coastguard and it was agreed that anyone in difficulty would have been identified and therefore the call could be put down as a false alarm with good intent and the Brigade was then stood down.

078/16 - 8th August 22.03

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade, along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather & Inshore Lifeboats, and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, following a request from Northumbria Police to undertake a coastline search for a possible missing female. The Brigade team assembled and did a thorough search of firstly the areas the young lady was known to frequent, then expanding to cover the rest of the coastline from Seaton Sluice, south to the North Tyne Pier.  After 90 minutes of searching and with nothing found by any of the search teams/lifeboats, the decision was taken to stand all teams down.

077/16 - 7th August 19.46

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Helicopter Landing Site at Richardson Road to support the arrival of Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 who was bringing a windsurfer who has suffered a broken mast but has been recovered in a very cold condition by a local fishing vessel after being in the sea for about 6 hours. The casualty was safety walked from the Helicopter to the awaiting Ambulance.

076/16 - 7th August 05.52

While the team was assembling for the search below, Humber Coastguard informed the team that there was also an incident happening at the North end of Tynemouth Long Sands. A Range Rover had attempted to turn around on the beach at the bottom of the North ramp onto the beach, and had become stuck in the sand. The vehicle was in the sand above the high water line and with no lives being in danger Humber Coastguard requested that the priority be placed on the search. With the search complete Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the owner had organised for a commercial recovery company to get the vehicle off the beach.

075/16 - 7th August 05.51

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade, along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, after Northumbria Police requested help with a search for a person reported to have entered the water opposite the Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and commenced a shore search on foot, south from this location, with the Blyth team covering the northern end, Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat undertook the same search but from the seawards side. Eventually with the coastline searched from St Mary’s Island to the Tyne piers and with nothing found all units we stood down. The Northumbria Police Helicopter was also involved.

074/16 - 6th August 15.50

Shortly after the below incident, whilst driving past Tynemouth Boating Lake, the team noticed a man in his sixties lying on the pavement. The gentleman from North Shields, had been on a day out with his carer when his shoe came loose causing him to fall to the ground. The man was assessed by brigade members and although he complained of a minor back pain, he had no visible injuries. After further assessment the team were able to help the gentleman to his feet. Advice was issued to the gentleman and his carer to seek medical attention should his back symptoms persist and the team then resumed their patrol with nothing further to report.

073/16 - 6th August 15.20

While on local area patrol, Humber Coastguard requested the Brigade  proceed to St Mary’s Island after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of two males who were believed to be cut off by the tide. Upon arrival, both males-teenagers local to North Tyneside had made it safely back to shore. Both had been fishing in West Bay when they realised the tide was coming in so waded back to shore. Safety advice regarding the tides and entering the water without safety equipment was issued. Both understood the potential dangers as they fish there regularly but they had misjudged the tide times on this occasion. RNLI lifeguards from Whitley Bay Beach were also in attendance.

072/16 - 31st July 22.06

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a report of a person in the water at St. Peters Basin, Newcastle. Brigadesmen quickly arrived on scene to find a man in the River Tyne, just upstream of the marina entrance. The casualty appeared to be undressed and was very cold. Reports indicated that he had been in the water for almost 60 minutes. He was holding onto a life ring that police officers had thrown to him.


Although a lifeboat was on route, the Brigade determined that a rescue had to be carried out immediately. There was a concern that the casualty could lose his grip of the life ring. If that happened there was a real risk that the casualty would no longer have sufficient energy to stay afloat. This was due to the length of time he had been in the cold waters and his apparent condition. However, there were no access points close to the casualty which would allow a straightforward rescue.


With more Brigadesmen arriving on scene, a Brigade water rescue team entered the river from a pontoon over 30 metres downstream of the casualty. One Brigade water rescue operator swam upriver to the casualty while another managed a line tethered to him. Upon reaching the casualty, the operator reassured the casualty and made certain the life ring was secure around him. The Brigade member then took hold of the casualty and sent a signal to the rest of the Brigade to recover them both. A Brigade team then used the tethered line to pull both men back through the dark waters to the pontoon. The Brigade team lifted the casualty out of the water and safely transferred him to the care of paramedics.


With no further persons in danger, the Brigade stood down around 23:00 and returned to station. Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service (including their Hazardous Area Response Team) and Tynemouth RNLI were also in attendance.

071/16 - 31st July 17.45

While on local area patrol, Brigade members came across a gentleman lying on the footpath above King Edwards Bay. The 70 year old man, from a local care home was out on a walk with two other residents of the care home and two support workers when he developed chest pain and collapsed. His fall was broken by one of the support workers so there were no apparent injuries but he was known to have angina. An off duty fireman had stopped and had already assessed the casualty when we arrived and an ambulance had been requested. The casualty was fully conscious but drowsy. Brigade members provided him with a foil blanket and monitored his oxygen levels and pulse which were both normal. The Brigade members, along with the off duty fireman waited with the casualty was passed into the care of the ambulance service. 

070/16 - 26th July 00.15

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade following a request for support from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports of a despondent female on the cliff edge on Sharpness point, in front of the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth. Brigade members arrived on scene and within 5 minutes the Police managed to talk the lady away from the edge and into the safety of their custody. North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team were also present at this incident.

069/16 - 23rd July 13.07

While on local area patrol following a school visit, the Brigade was tasked by Humber Coastguard, along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, following a 999 call from a concerned member of the public who was on the North Pier at Tynemouth and could see two surfers sitting on one board in apparent difficulties. Brigade members arrived on scene and contacted the first informant, who identified the two surfers. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was guided onto the location of the surfers from the cliff top by Brigade members. The Lifeboat confirmed that the two surfers had both been on one board dealing with some tangled fishing lines but were both safe and well. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team also attended this incident. All unit were stood down with the incident being classified as a false alarm with good intent.

068/16 - 21sth July 22.33

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade, along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat, after receiving numerous 999 calls reporting what appeared to be a flare floating over the Black Midden rocks in the Mouth of the Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene and undertook a search of the rocks and surrounding areas. The RNLI Lifeboat undertook a search of the Mouth of the Tyne from the seaward side. After talking to eyewitnesses and the Coastguard it was decided that the flare had come from the land and therefore with nothing found and no one in apparent danger, all units were stood down.

067/16 - 19th July 15.22

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concern for a number of children that they could see wading across the causeway at St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with a group of children who were now back on the mainland but confirmed that they had just waded across from the Island. A Brigade Captain explained the dangers of crossing the causeway when it is covered by the tide. The teenagers took the message on board and then all rescue units were stood down by the Coastguard.

066/16 - 18th July 20.51

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist the North East Ambulance Service who were responding to reports of a person in difficulty in the River Tyne near to the Tyne Bridge. A short time later, as seven Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Ambulance service confirmed that the person had been recovered and was now being taken to hospital. At this point the Brigade was stood down.

065/16 - 16th July 15.30

Shortly after the below incident, Humber Coastguard tasked the Brigade to attend Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station and assist Tynemouth RNLI, the North East Ambulance Service and the Great North Air Ambulance who were treating a critically ill man who had been recovered from the River Tyne, near to South Shields. Brigade members provided logistical support to the other emergency services for the next two hours. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all involved, the casualty was declared deceased and all rescue units were then stood down. The Brigade wishes to offer its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the casualty.

064/16 - 16th July 15.02

While on a local area patrol Brigade members noticed that a woman had fallen over on Tynemouth Front Street and appeared to have sustained some minor injuries. Brigade members attended to her and found that she was a Cypriot national visiting Tynemouth with her daughter who had tripped on the pavement and sustained cuts to her legs and face. Brigade members cleaned and dressed her wounds and advised the lady to rest before she then left with her family and the team continued with their patrol.

063/16 - 13th July 20.47

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to the St. Anthony's Point area of the River Tyne to provide communication support for Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat which were responding to reports of a drifting rowing boat on the river. As Brigade members arrived on scene the Lifeboat confirmed that the incident had been resolved and all rescue units were then stood down.

062/16 - 7th July 11.07

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after RNLI Lifeguards discovered a pile of clothes near to Cullercoats Lifeboat Station. Although a complete set of clothing, there was no identification marks within clothing, only that they belonged to a male, most likely a teenager. One of the lifeguards remembered seeing a member of the public wearing a t-shirt similar to the one found on the previous evening and, after consultation with Northumbria Police, the coastguard requested that a local area search be carried out to ensure no one was in difficulty.
Brigade members then carried out a search on foot of the rocks and caves between the North end of Tynemouth Long Sands and Brown’s Bay, with Blyth Coastguard carrying out a vehicle patrol between Brown’s Bay and St. Mary’s Island. RNLI Lifeguards checked their local beaches with the RNLI Lifeguard boat and Cullercoats Lifeboat carrying out a detailed shoreline search between King Edward’s Bay and St. Mary’s Island. At around 1pm, with no further information and no report of anyone being reported missing within the local area, the Coastguard stood all rescue units down.

061/16 - 6th July 00.55

Humber Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain after receiving a plea for help from the driver of a Nissan Qashqai which had become stuck in the sand on the beach at Tynemouth Haven. Two Brigade members attended and spent 2 ½ hours recovering the vehicle to the road after finding it well and truly stuck. Once the vehicle was safely back on the tarmac the relieved owner thanked the Brigade members for their help before all returned home to their beds.

060/16 - 5th July 21.04

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to join a multi-unit search involving Blyth & Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Teams and Blyth RNLI after concern was raised for the welfare of a 16 foot coble and its crew who were overdue after sailing from Sunderland to Blyth. As Brigade members mustered at the Watch House in preparation of a search, the Coastguard managed to contact the crew of the coble who confirmed that they had moored at Seaton Sluice harbour and were safe and well. A short while later Blyth Coastguard located the vessel at the harbour and all rescue units were then stood down.

059/16 - 2nd July 17.22

While team members were carrying out a local area patrol they received a report that a woman had been spotted lying next to the road in the Seaton Delaval area with possible spinal injuries. The team members relayed the information back to the Coastguard who in turn passed it on to the North East Ambulance Service to ensure they were aware. In the meantime the Coastguard tasked the Brigade to attend. Brigade members arrived on scene but found that by this point the ambulance service had also arrived and the casualty was in the process of being transferred into the Ambulance no further assistance was required.

058/16 - 26th June 19.20

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police reported that a vehicle was stuck in the sand at Cullercoats Bay and was in danger of being lost to the high tide which was due just before 9pm. As Brigade members arrived on scene the Coastguard received confirmation that the vehicle had been recovered by the RAC and that no further assistance was required.

057/16 - 26th June 14.01

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist the Fire and Ambulance service who were responding to reports of a possible person in the water on the River Tyne near Newburn. Four team members were with the Brigade Land Rover in South Shields at the time of the call, as they prepared to carry out a water rescue demonstration as part of a coastal emergency services demonstration that was taking place at Littlehaven Beach in South Shields. The event was organised by South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade as part of their ongoing celebrations to mark their 150th anniversary.
The Brigade members quickly took off their dry suits and lifejackets before making their way towards Newburn, with additional members also travelling from North Tyneside. With members approximately 10 minutes from arriving on scene the Coastguard confirmed that the casualty had been safely recovered and was now in police custody.

056/16 - 21st June 22.04

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a call from a man who was in his home which overlooks King Edward’s Bay and the seaward side of the North Tyne Pier, reporting a group of 4 men on the seaward end of the foundations of the Pier. The gentleman was concerned for their safety and with nightfall approaching the Brigade was deployed to check on their welfare. Two Brigade members made their way across the rocks and met up with the group, all of whom had been fishing, and escorted them safely off the rocks and foundations. Once all persons were accounted for the Brigade was stood down by the Coastguard.

055/16 - 13th June 15.52

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service for assistance in locating and treating a male casualty reported to be in distress on rocks near St. Mary’s Island.
A Brigade Captain arrived on scene and helped a paramedic stabilise the casualty who was suffering from complications caused by diabetes. Once the casualty was more stable he was assisted from the rocks by coastguard and RNLI personnel before being taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment by the paramedic.
RNLI Beach Lifeguards stationed on Whitley Bay Beach were also in attendance at this incident.

054/16 - 5th June 18.24

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance with a teenage boy who had sustained injuries after jumping into the sea from the south pier at Cullercoats Bay. The casualty, who had been placed on a spinal board and received oxygen treatment from the RNLI Lifeguards based at the Bay, had landed on a set of steps when jumping and had sustained injuries to his back and one of his arms. Once on scene, Brigade members worked with the lifeguards to care for the casualty, with additional first aid administered by the Brigade including Entonox. At around 19.15h an ambulance arrived and Brigade members assisted in transferring the casualty into the ambulance which took him to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

053/16 - 3rd June 17.34

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist officers from Northumbria Police who were maintaining a safety cordon around a suspected flare which had washed ashore on the recent high tide close to the land end of the St. Mary’s Island causeway. Brigade members liaised with their colleagues from Blyth and it was agreed that Blyth would man the cordon with the Brigade standing down, but being on stand by to return if required to relieve Blyth or if additional man power was requested. The team were later informed by their colleagues at Blyth that the Royal Navy Explosive Team had arrived and carried out a controlled explosion on the item just before 9pm that night, with all rescue resources stood down shortly after that time.  

052/16 - 29th May 19.51

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a missing person in Whitley Bay. The person was thought to have been intending to self-harm, possibly by entering the sea. After co-ordinating with Northumbria Police, the Brigade mustered and began to check the Whitley Bay coastline. However, it was soon confirmed that the police had made contact with the missing person and so the Brigade was stood down at 20.30h.

051/16 - 28th May 17.15

While on coastal patrol in Seaton Sluice Brigade members came across a road traffic accident between a motorbike and a car which led to the motorbike rider suffering a possible broken wrist. After speaking with the North East Ambulance Service’s Control Room it was agreed that the Brigade would take the woman who had been on the motorbike to the minor injuries unit at North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment. Due to the nature of the crash, officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at the scene.

050/16 - 24th May 19.11

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call reporting four people in the water to the north of St. Mary’s Island with concern raised that they may be struggling to return to shore and in need of assistance.
Brigade members were on scene within 5 minutes of being called out and quickly identified the four as a group of snorkelers who regularly dive near St. Mary’s Island – and to whom the Brigade had been called out to on another false alarm on 26th April. Brigade members kept watch over the group as they returned to shore with the team then speaking with them and asking them to contact the Coastguard before their next dive. Cullercoats Lifeboat arrived on scene just as the men made it ashore with the two Blyth Inshore Lifeboats also in attendance as they had been diverted from a training exercise to attend.  
Before standing down the Brigade thanked the two first informants for their vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

049/16 - 23rd May 02.34

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site, opposite the RVI in Newcastle, where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 912’, based at Humberside Airport, was due to land at 03.15h. The landing site was cleared and manned and the helicopter arrived on time with an incubator containing a one day old baby and 3 medical staff then transferred onboard. The helicopter departed at 03.50h to transfer the baby to a hospital in the Liverpool area. The five Brigade members were then cleared to stand down and returned to Tynemouth.

048/16 - 22nd May 01.22

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police reported that a person was threatening to self harm while located on one of the piers at Cullercoats Bay. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Coastguard confirmed that no further assistance was required and the team was stood down.

047/16 - 21st May 17.32

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were investigating reports of two young males cut off by the tide at Marconi Point, just to the north of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and found that the youths had come off the rocks and had then been taken into police custody. A quick search of the area was carried out by team members to confirm that no one else was in difficulty and once this was complete the team then stood down.

046/16 - 20th May 19.25

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist with a major search they were co-ordinating with numerous other coastguard rescue teams along the north east coast. At around 19.10h the spoken word ‘Mayday’ was heard a number of times on the VHF Radio Channel 16 which is an international distress frequency while also being used by ships to call one another. Although Coastguard operators responded to the call, nothing further was heard and they were not able to get a firm position on the broadcast, only that it was somewhere within the north east coastline.
Brigade members were tasked with carrying out a search between Tynemouth and St. Mary’s Island looking for any signs of overdue vessels or kayakers who may have been the source of the call. The Brigade completed the search within 20 minutes with nothing untoward found. The team were then stood down with the Coastguard continuing their investigations but still unable to confirm the source of the call.

045/16 - 20th May 14.20

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide assistance to officers from Northumbria Police who were responding to a report that a woman was stood on the seaward side of the safety barriers on the seawall at the southern end of Whitley Bay. As Brigade members arrived on scene the woman was helped to safety and taken into the care of the Police. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were also paged to attend this incident but were stood down before arriving on scene.

044/16 - 19th May 13.54

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide assistance to officers from Northumbria Police who were responding to a report that a man was stood on the seaward side of the safety barriers in front of the former Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay and was threatening to self harm. Three minutes later, as seven Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the Police informed the Coastguard that the man was now safely in their care and no further assistance was required.

043/16 - 14th May 13.20

Humber Coastguard radioed the Brigade, who were on route to a helicopter training exercise in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, after receiving a report of a dog in difficulties 400 metres offshore from King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth. The Brigade returned to Tynemouth and found that the 'dog' was actually a buoy or other float tethered in the surf. The informants were thanked for their vigilance and the incident was marked down as a false alarm with good intent. With there being no animals in distress, the Brigade restarted its journey north.

042/16 - 9th May 15.22

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with the Senior Coastal Operations Officer for Amble, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had officers present at Cullercoats Bay where two vehicles had become stuck in sand and were now being submerged by the incoming tide. Brigade members arrived on scene to find a Ford Transit van fully submerged with a Range Rover also with seawater lapping around its bonnet. Crew members from Cullercoats RNLI were able to get tow lines onto both vehicles and gradually managed to bring them both ashore and to points where their owners could arrange recovery. It is believed that the van hit difficulties recovering a personal water craft from the sea, with the Range Rover owner going to their aid, before he too got into difficulty.
The owners of both vehicles were issued with safety advice by both the Police and Coastguard representatives, although they had by this point appreciated the power of the sea, before all rescue units were then stood down around 18.00h.

041/16 - 8th May 16.30

Later on in the patrol, whilst stationed at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth, a member of the public reported that a man was complaining of breathing difficulties and was located on the south ramp at Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members quickly found the casualty, a 22 year old Italian who was studying in Newcastle, who was suffering with panic attacks and breathing difficulties. Brigade members provided first aid care for the man and were gradually able to calm him down and slow his higher-than-normal heart rate. After 90 minutes of care, and after regular consultation with the North East Ambulance Service, it was decided that the Brigade Land Rover would be used to take the casualty to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington. Two Brigade members then took the casualty to the hospital A & E and provided a detailed handover to hospital staff before returning to Tynemouth around 20.30h.  

040/16 - 8th May 12.31

While on a local area patrol, Humber Coastguard tasked the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and the two RNLI Lifeboats stationed at Blyth to proceed to the north side of Blyth where a vessel was reported to have been grounded after hitting a set of rocks. Brigade members made their way towards Blyth and arrived as the vessel was pulled clear of the rocks by one of the Lifeboats. Brigade members then kept observations on the lifeboat as it towed the vessel back to Blyth before leaving the incident in the hands of their Coastguard colleagues and continuing on their patrol.

039/16 - 2nd May 21.03

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had received a call raising concern for what was thought to be 3 youths at the seaward end of the North Tyne Pier which had been closed and locked for the night. Brigade members arrived on scene and escorted a Police Officer along the Pier who then spoke with 3 fishermen, all of whom were reminded that they are not allowed on the Pier. The officer took their details before allowing them to leave the pier with no further action taken. Brigade members then carried out a quick sweep of the pier to ensure there was no one else on it, which there wasn’t, and it was concluded that the 3 youths the informant had seen were in fact the fishermen. The Pier was then locked back up and the Brigade stood down.

038/16 - 28th April 19.07

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of an object, thought to be a body, floating in the River Tyne near to Customs House, South Shields. The Lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and informed the Brigade that the ‘body’ had been identified as a log and no further action was required. The Brigade relayed this information to the Coastguard and both rescue units were then stood down.

037/16 - 26th April 19.43

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a concerned member of the public who was in a car park opposite St. Mary’s Island and could see a group of people, who she thought may be wearing wet suits, appearing to make little to no headway in the sea close to the Island, with occasional rain and hail showers and a considerable breeze making for rather unpleasant conditions.
13 Brigade members responded to the call and the first members on scene quickly met up with the first informant and found that the group she had been observing had now made it back to shore. After speaking with the four men the Brigade found that this was a group of snorkelers who regularly dive near St. Mary’s Island. While on this occasion they insisted that they were perfectly safe and required no assistance, the first informant was thanked for her vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

036/16 - 24th April 17.54

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report of two people in difficulty in the sea in the middle of the harbour at Cullercoats Bay. The men had been jumping into the sea from the south pier at the Bay but had been unable to make their way back ashore. As emergency services arrived on scene one of the casualties was recovered to the shore via the use of a life ring which was passed to him by other members of the public. The other casualty was then quickly rescued by the Lifeboat and brought back ashore to their station. Both casualties were very cold after their time in the sea and after an assessment from a paramedic it was decided that both would be taken to hospital as a precaution. Before leaving the scene Brigade members put the life ring back into its holder to ensure it was ready for use. Officers from Northumbria Police and paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Team were also in attendance at this incident.

035/16 - 22nd April 14.12

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a man fell from a promenade on the north bank of the River Tyne (approximately ¼ of a mile down river from the Fish Quay), landing on the sea wall below and sustaining a number of injuries. The casualty was initially cared for by three members of the public before the Lifeboat quickly arrived and on scene and transported him back to their station and into the care of paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service who took him to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

034/16 - 10th April 14.47

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade to investigate a report of a couple cut off by the tide at Tynemouth Long Sands. Once on scene it became clear that a couple had been on the Bears Back Rocks, between Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Long Sands, which become submerged by the high tide. After the rocks had been cut off by the incoming tide the couple had tried to wade back across to the mainland but one of them had been swept into the water, and had been briefly submerged, before being brought ashore by her partner with assistance from members of the public.
Once ashore the couple, part of a group of four from Northumbria University, were checked over by Northumbria Police Community Support Officers and Brigade members. A rapid response vehicle and land ambulance from the North East Ambulance Service then arrived and carried out further medical checks on the group before confirming that they did not require further treatment or a trip to the hospital. As the group were very cold and had wet clothes they were given a lift back to their university halls by the Community Support Officers.

033/16 - 7th April 15.35

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a family of four became cut off by the tide on St. Mary’s Island. The Lifeboat was dispatched to rescue the family and transfer them back to the mainland which was completed at the boat park at Whitley Bay beach due to the high tide and sea state near the island. This was done very efficiently by the lifeboat crew with Brigade members on hand to issue safety advice to the family. The family were very apologetic for the inconvenience they had caused and a Brigade member then gave them a lift back to their car which was parked just across from the Island.   

032/16 - 7th April 12.12

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a casualty had been spotted in the River Tyne between the Tyne Bridge and Millennium Bridge. At the time of tasking the Coastguard were unsure of the condition of the casualty and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 was also tasked to make its way towards the scene.
Brigade members arrived and stood by as the Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service recovered the male casualty before confirming that unfortunately he was deceased. With the North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police at the scene no further assistance was required and the Brigade and Lifeboat were stood down just after 12.30pm.

031/16 - 6th April 17.27

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after crew members at Cullercoats RNLI requested assistance with a woman who they had observed attempting to self harm on the north pier at Cullercoats Bay. The crew had been at their station when they’d noticed the woman and when Brigade members arrived five crew members were with the woman on the pier. After approximately 10 minutes the woman was persuaded by the lifeboat crew and officers from Northumbria Police to walk off the pier and into the lifeboat station. With the situation now in hand the Brigade was stood down by Humber Coastguard.

030/16 - 5th April 12.51

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a family of four, including two young girls, became cut off by the tide on St. Mary’s Island. Due to the approximate four hour wait the family were facing in what were cold and blustery conditions with occasional periods of rain, the Lifeboat was dispatched to rescue the family and transfer them back to the mainland. This was done very efficiently by the lifeboat crew with Brigade members on hand to issue safety advice to the family. The family were very apologetic for the inconvenience they had caused and explained that they had been distracted by a seal they had been observing on the far side of the Island.   
Visitors to St. Mary’s Island are reminded to check the safe crossing time for the causeway which are displayed by the information boards at the car park closest to the Island.

029/16 - 28th March 11.54

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after Northumbria Police requested assistance in locating a person thought to be in the Blyth beach area after a post on social media had been made stating that they may be about to self harm. 12 members of the two teams were just starting a search of the local area when Police Officers confirmed that the person had been found safe and well and all rescue units were then stood down.  

028/16 - 26th March 12.59

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after a personal water craft with two people on board broke down near to the mouth of the River Tyne, with the craft thought to have been towed ashore by another craft to the beach at Tynemouth Haven. Brigade members arrived at the Haven but were unable to locate the craft – after further conversations with the Coastguard it was confirmed that the craft had in fact been towed back to a beach in South Shields and, with all persons safe and well and no further assistance required, the Brigade was stood down.

027/16 - 19th March 15.24

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 999’ was due to land at 15.45h. The Helicopter was in bound with a male casualty who had fallen around 250 metres from the very top of Swirral Edge on Helvellyn, sustaining multiple injuries. The Helicopter arrived slightly later than planned at 16.10h and the casualty was then transferred by Brigade members to an ambulance, which took him to the RVI for further assessment and treatment. Brigade members then assisted in transferring equipment and personnel back to the helicopter, before it left the landing site at 18.00h.

026/16 - 18th March 14.14

Following on from the search of the previous evening, Humber Coastguard contacted a Brigade Captain with a request to re-task a Brigade search team to assist dog handlers from Northumbria Police who were intending to do another thorough search of the area between Tynemouth and Seaton Sluice. The Police wished to achieve 100% certainty that, after an anonymous call was made to Samaritans from a man claiming to be at the bottom of a cliff within the Whitley Bay area and badly injured, there were no casualties requiring rescuing or recovering within that area. Just as a search was about to commence, with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and the Coastguard Rescue Service Senior Coastal Operations Officer for the local area also in attendance, the Police informed the Coastguard that they had managed to trace the source of the call and it was now confirmed to be a malicious hoax. All rescue teams were then stood down.

025/16 - 17th March 18.36

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance in searching for a possible injured person. The Police reported that at roughly 6.15pm the Samaritans received an anonymous telephone call from a man who reported that he had just fallen and landed at the bottom of a cliff in the Whitley Bay coastal area and was now severely injured and in need of urgent assistance. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly formulated a search plan working with their colleagues in the Police and paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team. Three separate Brigade search teams were deployed to search from Tynemouth Longsands to St. Mary’s Island, with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team called in to search from the Island to Hartley Bay, and Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team also asked to assist and tasked with searching from that Bay round to Collywell Bay. A total of 23 volunteers from the three teams then spent roughly an hour searching the coastal area, with the Police and Ambulance service searching coastal paths and other key hot spots. Once all search areas had been completed, and with no further information and nothing untoward located, all search teams were stood down. The matter was then left in the care of the Police who were continuing their enquiries to see if they could work out the source of the call.

024/16 - 29th February 11.55

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide communication and logistical support to Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat who were responding to reports of a person in the water near to the Redheugh Bridge on the River Tyne. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Coastguard confirmed that the casualty had been rescued by Northumbria Police and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service and was now in the care of paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service. The Brigade was then stood down and returned to station.

023/16 - 23rd February 00.38

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance with locating a man thought to be in a distressed state and located either on or near to Sharpness Point, which is the headland between King Edward's Bay and Tynemouth Long Sands. As Brigade members arrived on scene they were informed by Police Officers that the man was now safely in their care and all rescue units were stood down.

022/16 - 22nd February 14.53

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade, along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, following the reported sighting of a person in the water off the coast of Whitley Bay, near the Rendezvous Cafe.

The Brigade undertook a shore-based search of the sea from the Whitley Bay Links and promenade whilst Cullercoats Lifeboat carried out search patterns in the water. At approximately 15:50h, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 999’ arrived from Prestwick and undertook a further offshore search.

The search did not identify any person in the water and so all teams were stood down around 16:05h. The incident was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

021/16 - 20th February 22.38

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with both Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboats after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance with rescuing a person reported to be in the River Tyne opposite the Customs House in South Shields – which is opposite the Royal Quays Marina on the north side of the River. As Brigade members started a search of the north bank, and the Lifeboats checked the River, one of the lifeboats confirmed that the casualty had been recovered to the south river bank and was now in the care of the ambulance service. At this point all rescue units were stood down and returned to station.

020/16 - 12th February 02.39

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after reports were received of a man drifting on a small boat in the River Tyne. The man was quickly located by the crew of the lifeboat near to North Shields Fish Quay and was then taken back to the Lifeboat station. Once at the Lifeboat Station he received help and attention from the lifeboat crew who confirmed that although cold, no further medical assistance was required. At this point the Brigade was stood by the Coastguard and returned to station.

019/16 - 11th February 18.18

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade to provide further resources to Blyth Coastguard who were carrying out a major search for a missing kayaker within the coastal area between Blyth and Seaton Sluice. A member of the public reported seeing a kayaker heading in a southerly direction in front of the South Beach car park, and then lost sight of the kayaker as night fell. Along with 13 Brigade members and the Coastguard Rescue Team, two lifeboats from Blyth RNLI and officers from Northumbria Police were also involved in searching the local area, with a number of potential links to the kayaker followed up and found to be unrelated. Two hours after the original call was made, with no one reported as missing and nothing significant located by the multiple search assets, the Coastguard stood all units down. As the Brigade returned to station, NPAS 32, the local Police helicopter, carried out a shoreline search from Blyth to Tynemouth, also finding nothing of note. The call was then put down as a false alarm with good intent.

018/16 - 10th February 19.45

As one of the Brigade Captains debriefed the below incident with Humber Coastguard, he was informed that the Police had requested assistance with a woman threatening to cause harm to herself on a promenade just to the north of Browns Bay. The Brigade Captain immediately requested that the team be paged and then made his way to the scene. As he arrived at the Bay he was informed by Police Officers that assistance was no longer required as they had successfully taken the lady into their care, and the team was stood down before the full team callout had been sent.  

017/16 - 10th February 17.22

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who was near the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth and thought she could see a person walking into the sea at Tynemouth Long Sands, with them making no attempt to swim or make progress in the water. Brigade members arrived on scene within minutes of the call and, after speaking with the first informant, carried out a search of the local area, with nothing untoward immediately found. As the woman was so convinced of what she had seen, the Coastguard then called out further resources to take part in the search including Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, the Coastguard Rescue Service Senior Coastal Operations Officer for the local area, the All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats of Tynemouth RNLI, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 912’ from Humberside Airport, and Northumbria Police, who deployed numerous ground units including a dog search team, and also the force Helicopter.  After just less than two hours of extensive searches of the area around Tynemouth Long Sands, with nothing of note found, and no missing persons reported to the Police, it was decided that the search area had been saturated that the call was most probably a false alarm with good intent.

016/16 - 7th February 12.34

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report that a man had fallen off his personal water craft approximately 200 metres from Cullercoats Bay, with the craft then landing on him, which led to him breaking his left ankle. When Brigade members and crew from the lifeboat arrived on scene the casualty had been brought ashore and was on the south side of the Bay, where he then received immediate first aid attention from the lifeboat crew. After a short while an ambulance arrived and the casualty was then transported via a stretcher into the ambulance, before being taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment. Officers from Northumbria Police were also present at this incident.

015/16 - 5th February 18.13

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from two teenagers who were on the promenade on the north bank of the River Tyne between Spanish Battery and Fish Quay Sands. The pair were opposite the Black Middens rocks and could see two people on the rocks that they thought may be cut off by the tide. Brigade members arrived on scene and confirmed that the pair were in fact fishermen that required no immediate assistance. The fishermen would have had to wade across a distance of approximately 15 metres to reach the rocks, but with the tide still dropping, it was decided that as the pair were not requesting any assistance to leave them where they were at that time, and then to check on them at 19.25h when Brigade members were meeting again for one of their regular exercises. Team members confirmed at 19.25h that the pair had safely left the rocks. The first informants were thanked for their vigilance and for successfully requesting the assistance of the Coastguard, with the call marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

014/16 - 31st January 15.32

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call raising concern for what was thought to be 2 members of the public wearing lifejackets in the water near St. Mary’s Island. The 999 caller had been observing the pair for around 30 minutes and was worried that they had not appeared to move during that time period. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly identified the pair as being onboard kayaks. When the lifeboat neared the scene the pair made their way back to shore where they were met by Brigade members who discovered that they had been out on a fishing trip and required no assistance. Furthermore, the pair were found to have all the necessary safety equipment including a VHF Radio. The first informant was then thanked for their actions and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

013/16 - 30th January 14.30

After more than four hours of observation, the local Area Co-Ordinator for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) again requested assistance from the Brigade with the seal at Browns Bay as it had now been decided that the seal needed transporting to a place of care as it was not fit enough to return to the sea. Brigade members informed the Coastguard and made their way to the scene to assist with putting the seal into a container which would then transport it to a centre in Norfolk where it could receive proper care and attention. Unfortunately, despite numerous attempts, the volunteers were unable to find a vehicle able to transport the seal to Norfolk today, and so the difficult decision was made to leave the seal in location until tomorrow morning when another attempt will be made to move it into the cage and take it away for care. The seal will continue to be monitored by BDMLR and the Seal Watch volunteers.

012/16 - 30th January 09.47

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after the local Area Coordinator for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) requested assistance with investigating a report that a fully grown adult seal was in the vicinity of Browns Bay. Brigade members were called to provide safety cover to the medics of the BDMLR and to address any safety issues that the seal may pose to the public. The seal was located on a ramp between the lower promenade and the rocks and although it was still moving, it was showing no great energy or enthusiasm for returning to sea – suggesting that it may be injured. Brigade members cordoned off the ramp and then left the area with the BDMLR and volunteers from St. Mary’s Seal Watch keeping an eye on the seal.

011/16 - 30th January 04.17

Just as team members were falling back asleep after the previous call, Humber Coastguard again contacted them after Police Officers and the attendant at Royal Quays Marina heard shouts for help coming from an area to the west of the Marina called Commissioners Wharf. Brigade members arrived on scene and two teams started a quick sweep of the Marina. Just as this search was completed, a Police Officer informed the team members that the shouts for help had been identified as coming from a nearby industrial estate where a gritting vehicle had become stuck inside a secure area – with the driver shouting ‘help’ to raise the attention of his co-workers. The Coastguard were then informed of this information and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

010/16 - 30th January 03.39

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after officers from Northumbria Police requested assistance for a member of the public reported to be in difficulty at Royal Quays Marina. As Brigade members made their way to the Marina the Coastguard instructed them to return home as the Police had confirmed that the incident was now concluded. It was later established that a group of men, believed to be under the influence of alocohol, had been close to the vicinity while drinking and carrying a tent when one of the group decided to strip off and take a swim in the River. The group were spotted by the attendant at Royal Quays Marina who immediately called for assistance. Thankfully the man was recovered from the River safely and the group were attended to by Police Officers.

009/16 - 25th January 01.09

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested their assistance in responding to reports that a man had fallen approximately 16 foot from the road onto the lower promenade at Whitley Bay, opposite ‘42nd Street’. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the man had landed on a section of the promenade which is currently closed for reconstruction and had sustained multiple injuries. He had received quick attention from paramedics and officers from Northumbria Police and was placed on a stretcher and taken to a nearby ambulance. The Brigade was stood down at 01.30h.  

008/16 - 17th January 16.49

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police received a report that there may be 2 people calling for help near the old outdoor swimming pool at Tynemouth Long Sands. Brigade members arrived on scene within 4 minutes of the call and carried out a search of the area with nothing untoward found. After the police spoke again with the first informant, it was established that she was actually near the old outdoor paddling pool on the southern most promenade at Whitley Bay. Brigade members and Police Officers quickly arrived on scene and she explained that she had seen two individuals, one wearing some form of a yellow top, on the rocks, and she thought they may be in difficulty.
After a search of the area around Browns Bay and Whitely Bay gave no signs of anyone requiring assistance, it was established that there was a fishing competition going on within the area and two fishermen, one wearing a yellow top, had been on rocks at Browns Bay. After a further 10 minutes Police Officers were able to confirm that these two gentleman were now off the rocks and safe and well, and it was agreed with Humber Coastguard that all search teams could be stood down and that the call was a false alarm with good intent. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also tasked to this incident and carried out a search between the northern end of Cullercoats Bay and the half moon rocks at Whitley Bay, finding nothing of note.

007/16 - 16th January 20.05

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving an urgent request for assistance from Northumbria Police who were responding to reports that a teenage girl had been washed off the north pier at Cullercoats Bay and was now missing in the sea. Brigade members arrived on scene and worked with their colleagues from the other emergency services to carry out an intensive search of the whole of Cullercoats Bay and the area around the north pier – there was a total of around 30 members of the different emergency services involved in the search, including Northumbria Police’s Helicopter.
After approximately 20 minutes the casualty was located in the surf line on the south side of the Bay. The casualty was quickly brought ashore and received advanced first aid and CPR from a joint team of Brigade members, Lifeboat Crew, Police Officers and Paramedics, including members of the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team.
The casualty was then transferred to a land ambulance before being taken to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington in a critical condition.
Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 912’ was en route to this incident but was stood down when the casualty was transferred to the ambulance.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the rescue teams and hospital staff, the casualty, a 15-year-old girl, died two hours after being taken to hospital. The Brigade expresses its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the girl.

006/16 - 14th January 18.32

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after a fisherman raised concern for the safety of other fishermen that he thought may be on the North Tyne Pier. The man reported that he had been fishing next to the entrance of the pier and had noticed a light on the seaward end of the pier at around 17.00h, which he had not seen since that time. During that time sea conditions had deteriorated with large waves breaking over the pier.
Once on scene and after speaking with the gentleman it was agreed to send a team onto the pier to search to see if anyone required assistance, or whether there was any evidence that anyone had been on the Pier. Wearing water rescue equipment, four Brigade members made their way onto the pier and carried out a search to the seaward end of the pier – finding nothing of note. After further discussions with the first informant, it was decided that there were a number of possible theories as to what the lights may have been, including those of fishing boats as they made their way up the Tyne, or the positioning of a number of vessels off the river mouth which gave the illusion of lights on the Pier. After all this information was relayed to Humber Coastguard they confirmed that the Brigade could stand down and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.
During their time on the Pier our four team members were exposed to 20/30 foot waves as they crashed into the pier, which led to a number of rather soggy team members by the end of their search. Although their lifejackets and safety equipment ensured our members were safe throughout the duration of this incident, it is worth nothing that this would have been the first callout in which a new safety line installed by Port of Tyne at the end of November 2015 would have been used, had it not been vandalised in early December.  The Brigade continues to work with Port of Tyne on this matter as they look to make the equipment operational again.

005/16 - 13th January 20.10

While preparing to carry out a Rope Rescue exercise at Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, Brigade members were approached by officers from Northumbria Police who requested their assistance in searching for a 91 year-old man who had gone missing from his home in Tynemouth. After receiving a brief on the situation from Police Officers, a Brigade Captain informed Humber Coastguard of the situation who confirmed that they wished for the Brigade to assist with the incident.
A total of 13 Brigade members and 2 trainees were quickly split into three search teams with a focus initially on the area around Collingwood’s Monument, where the man was believed to have been intending to walk to. Once this area had been searched, the Brigade’s search area was then extended, with the Police asking the Coastguard to include the rock ends and river mouth, at which point the All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboats of Tynemouth RNLI were called out to assist.
At around 21.25h, a Brigade search team located the casualty on rocks just to the east of the Spanish Battery, inside the mouth of the River Tyne. Unfortunately the casualty was confirmed as being deceased and Brigade members then supported Police Officers and Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team as they prepared him for extraction. The man was then carried off the rocks by Brigade members using one of our stretchers.
The Brigade wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased.

004/16 - 9th January 18.44

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance for their officers who were attending to a man who was threatening to self harm from the top of the sea wall just to the north of Cullercoats Bay. As 12 Brigade members made their way towards the scene, the Police confirmed that they had been able to take the man in to custody and no further assistance was required.   

003/16 - 8th January 13.44

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a member of the public noticed a surfer signalling for assistance and drifting offshore from Tynemouth Long Sands. Observed by Brigade members, the Lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and picked up the surfer, who had struggled to make his way back ashore due to the strong rip currents. After a short stay in the Lifeboat, and a quick safety reminder from their crew, the man, who appeared to require no medical assistance, was dropped back off with around 20 other surfers close to shore and resumed his surfing activities. After observing the man and his fellow surfers for around 5 minutes, and confirming that no other assistance was required, the Brigade and the Lifeboat were stood down and returned to station.  

002/16 - 4th January 01.43

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who was sat in his car at the Spanish Battery car park, overlooking the mouth of the River Tyne, and could see a light at the seaward end of the North Tyne Pier, which he thought may be a person in difficulty. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the light, which was believed to actually be at least two individuals illegally fishing on the Pier. Although a strong wind was blowing, the tide was out at the time of the incident and there were no waves breaking over the Pier and so, after 10 minutes of observation in which the lights did not appear to indicate the need for help or assistance, Brigade members agreed with the Coastguard that no further action was required. The first informant was then thanked for their vigilance and the call as put down as a false alarm with good intent.

001/16 - 3rd January 15.08

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather & Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a report from a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of a surfer close to the mouth of the River Tyne near to the Black Midden rocks. At the time of the call there was significant surf rolling in even inside the bounds of the pier. Brigade members arrived on scene, and after speaking with the first informant, quickly located the surfer who initially appeared to be in no apparent difficulty. However, following a large set of waves, the surfer was lost from sight and there were several intense moments as the Lifeboat crew and Brigade members searched for the man before he was identified as being out of the water close to the rocks, and making his way back towards shore. Here he was met by Brigade members where he, after some discussion and safety advice, assured members that he was fit and well and departed the scene. All rescue units were then stood down, including the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team who had just arrived en masse at the rendezvous point.

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The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade. Registered Charity Number 1093237

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