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

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Callouts - 136

136/19 - 27th December 15.36

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after the North East Ambulance Service received a report that a boy had fallen around 50 foot off a cliff at Seaton Sluice Harbour.
A Brigade member was first on scene and found that the casualty had in fact been on a bicycle and had ridden down a sand dune before falling off and suffering facial injuries - however, they had avoided falling from any significant heights and were not as injured as first feared. The casualty received initial care from the Brigade before being passed into the care of paramedics from the Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team. Although the casualty did require hospital treatment, they were able to walk unaided to the ambulance.
A total of 18 members of the two Rescue Teams attended this incident.

135/19 - 26th December 12.20

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after a sailing dinghy capsized in the lower Tyne Harbour leaving a crew of two in the water. The Inshore Lifeboat from Tynemouth was on scene within a matter of minutes, as the incident occurred a few hundred metres from their station, and found that the dinghy crew had been assisted by a safety boat from a local yacht club which had recovered the crew from the water and was now towing the boat back across to the club’s slipway at South Shields. Once the dinghy and crew were safely ashore, the Lifeboat and Brigade were stood down and returned to their respective stations.

The incident took place around an hour after members had finished providing safety cover at the annual boxing day dip at Tynemouth Longsands. The event is held to raise funds for the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards, with the Brigade present along with Red Seal Rescue to ensure the swimmers were safe and didn’t spend too long in the somewhat chilly water!

134/19 - 19th December 14.34

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for the safety of a man they could see in the sea up to his waist at the south side of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke to the gentleman, who explained that he was in no danger and was just exploring the rocks as low water approached. With no further action required, the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent and the first informant was thanked for their vigilance.

133/19 - 12th December 01.32

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI after a man dialled 999 and reported that he was trapped by the tide at the south end of Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived at Spanish City to find that the man had managed to make it out of the water but was soaking wet and cold. After caring for the casualty for around 45 minutes he was passed into the care of Northumbria Police and all rescue units were stood down.

132/19 - 9th December 14.52

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for the safety of three people they could see jumping off the north pier at Cullercoats Bay and into large seas that were breaking within the area of the harbour. Brigade members arrived on scene within 10 minutes of the call to find no one in the water – after speaking to a member of the public who was taking photographs of the waves (and who was a safe distance away from the water), he confirmed that the trio had left the area – this was also confirmed by the Coastguard after they spoke again to the first informant. With everyone safe, the Rescue Team was stood down around 15.10h.

131/19 - 5th December 00.03

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI as part of a major multi-agency response to reports that a woman had fallen around 15 foot at Collywell Bay and sustained significant injuries.
Initial casualty care was provided by officers from Northumbria Police before crews from the North East Ambulance Service, including their Hazardous Area Response Team, arrived and provided further advanced life support. Due to the location of the casualty, a decision was made to extract the casualty via Lifeboat. Despite a falling tide, the D-Class Lifeboat from Blyth was skilfully brought right up against the sea wall with the casualty then transferred to the boat via a Brigade stretcher. Brigade members and officers from Blyth Coastguard, wearing full water rescue equipment, assisted with the casualty transfer, and then helped guide the lifeboat back out from the sea wall. The Lifeboat then made a short journey in the Bay to a point where rescuers could safely recover the casualty from the boat and carry her up an access ramp and to an awaiting ambulance.
During the incident support was received from Northumberland & Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Services, with the area illuminated by a Police Helicopter making the scene much safer for the approximate 50 emergency service personnel who assisted the casualty.

A Coastguard Rescue Helicopter was also tasked to this incident but was stood down before arrival once the casualty was in the ambulance.

130/19 - 2nd December 13.45

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after George, an 11-year-old Jack Russell, went over a 40ft cliff roughly halfway between Hartley Bay and Collywell Bay, to the south of Seaton Sluice. Brigade members arrived on scene and made contact with the owner, who had acted very sensibly by not trying to retrieve the dog himself and calling the Coastguard, who explained that he could see the dog on rocks below and that he appeared to have avoided serious injury.
Brigade members then escorted the owner onto the rocks and round to the dogs position, before carefully approaching George, ensuring that they did not frighten him away and towards further danger. Once with George, his owner confirmed that he appeared to be largely OK, and he was placed in an animal rescue bag and carried back off the rocks to ensure he avoided any further adventure or mishap.
George’s owner later contacted the Brigade to thank us for helping him and confirmed that the dog was in reasonable health, save for a few minor injuries.
This was the 4th dog that has fallen over cliffs in the vicinity of Hartley and Collywell Bay this year and required assistance from the Brigade & Blyth CRT – with at least one of the animals sadly passing away. We would encourage owners to keep their dogs on leads when near cliff edges and, as the owner did in this case, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard should your dog end up in a place of danger.

129/19 - 5th December 00.03

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported that a boat may have come aground or be stuck on an object off Whitley Bay beach. Brigade members arrived on scene within 6 minutes of the call and confirmed that the boat was now underway and appeared to be operating without difficulty. After observing the boat for a short while longer, it was agreed with the Coastguard that the call was a false alarm with good intent and the team was stood down.

128/19 - 27th November 14.36

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concern for the safety of a paddleboarder they thought was struggling to make it back to shore between Tynemouth Longsands and King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the paddleboarder, who did not appear to be in any great difficulty, but was not initially making much headway.
After a period of 10 minutes, the man returned to shore where he was met by Brigade members. After confirming that he was physically OK, the gentleman explained that he had found conditions more difficult at sea that he had expected and was glad to be back safely on the beach.
With no further assistance required, the Coastguard stood the Brigade down around 15.05h.

127/19 - 9th November 11.56

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with locating a missing child in the Cullercoats Bay area. As Brigade members made their way to the scene, the Police confirmed that the child had been found and reunited with their parents. All rescue units were then stood down.

126/19 - 6th November 11.46

HM Coastguard the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service with an incident to the north of St. Mary’s Island.

A total of 11 members from the two teams volunteered two and a half hours of their time, before the incident was concluded and all rescue units were stood down.

125/19 - 3rd November 22.29

HM Coastguard the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist Northumbria Police with a search for a missing person in the North Shields area. As the team arrived on scene the Police confirmed that the casualty had been found and no further assistance was required.

124/19 - 27th October 16.37

HM Coastguard the Brigade to a report of a dog fallen over a cliff at Crag Point, Hartley Bay. 
Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and worked with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to locate and retrieve the dog. This involved lowering a member of the Blyth team down the cliff, securing the dog in the Brigade's animal rescue bag and then a joint effort from both teams to recover both rescuer and dog back up the cliff.
Other than a light wound, the dog appeared unharmed from his fall. His owner took him to the vets for a check up. With no other persons or animals in distress, the Brigade stood down around 17.40.
Blyth RNLI were also in attendance providing safety cover in the water.

123/19 - 17th October 15.03

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after a member of the public raised concerns for a man who they felt was acting in a disorientated manner close to the cliff edge at West Bay, just north of St. Mary’s Island.
Team members from both teams arrived on scene to find the casualty in the care of officers from Northumbria Police and being escorted from the cliff path and back to one of their vehicles. Due to a possible drug overdose, an ambulance was called to carry out a welfare check on the gentleman.
Once the Police Officers and casualty were safely away from the coastal area the Brigade and Coastguard Team from Blyth were stood down.

122/19 - 15th October 02.00

HM Coastguard asked for the Brigade to provide one team member to assist with a safety watch that was taking place on a deceased sperm whale on the shoreline at Sandy Bay, Newbiggin.
One team member was on scene between 2am and 5am, along with one member of Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team.
The whale came ashore and died on Friday 11th October 2019 – with HM Coastguard maintaining a 24-hour watch on scene until the afternoon of Tuesday 15th October 2019 when the whale was removed by specialist contractors. The watch was required due to the public safety risk, and the threat of trophy hunters trying to steal the teeth from the whale.
Coastguard Rescue Team Members from Howick, Amble, Newbiggin and Blyth, along with Senior Coastal Operations Officers from Amble and Hartlepool were all involved in this incident over the course of the five days.

121/19 - 12th October 22.49

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police reported that a person was in the water at Cullercoats Bay and in need of assistance. As nine team members made their way towards the scene, the Police confirmed that the casualty was out of the water and in their care and no further help was needed.

120/19 - 9th October 20.01

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI after Northumbria Police requested assistance in locating a high-risk missing person who was thought to be located along the North Tyneside Coastline. The incident occurred during the team’s weekly training session and so within 10 minutes of the call 16 members were deployed in the search area, quickly supported by eight colleagues from Blyth. Due to the high level of concern for the safety of the casualty, a Senior Coastal Operations Officer was also tasked by the Coastguard to attend to assist in the search co-ordination.
At 20.35h the Police confirmed that they had located the casualty in Whitley Bay and now had them in their care. All rescue units were then stood down.

119/19 - 5th October 20.04

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a fisherman fell into the harbour at Seaton Sluice. As rescue units arrived on scene the casualty was helped from the harbour by another fisherman, with the lifeboat assisting in retrieving some of his equipment from the water. The man was assessed by Blyth Coastguard, but as his injuries were believed to only be very minor, he was placed in their vehicle to help warm him up before being given a lift back to his home. All rescue units were stood down around 20.45h.

118/19 - 4th October 20.20

While team members were carrying out an exercise at Northumberland Park, HM Coastguard tasked them to reports of a vessel sinking in the River Blyth with 4 persons aboard.
Team members were stood down on arrival once it was confirmed all persons were accounted for. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI were also in attendance at this incident.

117/19 - 3rd October 16.38

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reporting seeing a yellow object in the sea drifting south approximately a quarter of a mile east of St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members carried out a thorough search of the area with nothing untoward located. After speaking with the first informant at a local caravan park, the team were satisfied that the man was referring to the yellow buoy which is anchored to the south of the Island. With the Coastguard agreeing that this was the likely source of the call, and with no vessels reported as missing or overdue, the team were stood down and the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

116/19 - 2nd October 18.12

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for the safety of 3 surfers he thought were in imminent danger of being washed onto the rocks at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands. Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a thorough search of the area, with Cullercoats & Tynemouth RNLI also searching at sea. Although a number of groups of surfers were located, all were safe and able to return to shore without assistance. After speaking with the first informant, and with no sign of anyone requiring assistance, all rescue units were stood down at 18.40h and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

115/19 - 29th September 19.08

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to investigate a report of children playing on the North Tyne Pier, which was closed at the time. The pier was also being inundated by large breaking waves and the first informant was concerned for the safety of the people he could see.
Brigade members arrived on scene and found that there was no children present and no one playing in the breaking waves. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

114/19 - 28th September 12.05

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after they received a report that two kayakers may be in around ¼ of a mile off Browns Bay. The Lifeboat was quickly on scene and found that the kayakers did not require any assistance and were making their way back ashore anyway. Once the kayakers were in sight of the shore all rescue resources were stood down.

113/19 - 28th September 08.15

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a multi-agency incident on the River Tyne, near to the Millennium Bridge. Team members arrived on scene and were present till around 09.00h at which point the casualty was taken into police care. Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were all in attendance at this callout.

112/19 - 27th September 20.35

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a multi-agency incident on the River Tyne, near to the Tyne Bridge. One casualty was recovered from the River by other services and taken to hospital. Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were all in attendance at this callout.

111/19 -27th September 18.05

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of that a woman had entered the sea in an attempt to reach her dog that was in difficulty in the water. Team members were quickly on scene but could not locate the woman or the dog and it became apparent that she had managed to reach the dog and then promptly left the scene. Despite a search of the local area the team were unable to locate the woman and were stood down at 18.30h.

110/19 - 26th September 22.53

The Brigade, along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, and Cullercoats & Tynemouth RNLI, was tasked by HM Coastguard to take part in a search after a yacht broke down somewhere off the River Tyne. Relying on just a mobile phone to raise the alarm, the crew of the yacht did not know their precise location and so a search of the shore and sea between the North Tyne Pier and St. Mary’s Island was put in place. After around 30 minutes, Cullercoats RNLI located the boat a number of miles off Whitley Bay. They then set up a tow and took the yacht to Royal Quays Marina, arriving at 1am.
At this point the Brigade spoke with the crew and found that they had very little experience of sailing, no safety equipment onboard (such as lifejackets, VHF radio or distress flares), and the yacht was barely in a seaworthy state. The boat also had no working navigation lights, a fact that had made locating her even more challenging. The two men, who were very grateful for the help they had received, explained that they had set sail from South Shields in daylight around 5 or 6 hours beforehand and had intended for a short sail out, and then back into, the Tyne. Given their lack of experience and safety equipment, and the condition of their boat, the men are extremely fortunate to have come out of this incident without a more serious outcome.
After speaking with the crew and ensuring the vessel was safely moored up at a berth at the Marina, the team were stood down at 1.20am.

109/19 - 25th September 18.47

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet the skipper of a fishing boat who was being brought back into the River Tyne after his vessel had sunk. After an incident at sea, Cullercoats and Blyth RNLI had been sent to assist the man and, despite their best efforts using salvage pumps, the boat could not be saved and sank.
The skipper of the boat was brought back into North Shields by another fishing vessel – and after he came ashore it was confirmed that he required no medical assistance. Once the Brigade had gathered details of the incident and passed these on to the Coastguard, the team was stood down at around 19.30h.

108/19 - 21st September 13.59

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported a small dinghy with 2 people onboard making heavy progress of returning to Tynemouth Haven in tricky sea conditions. Brigade members located the pair now safely on the beach at the Haven and they explained that they had been fishing close inshore to the rocks when they had experienced some difficulties making it back ashore. They had then decided to climb into the sea and push their boat. Although wet, neither man required any medical assistance and both had been wearing buoyancy aids when in the sea. Once this information was relayed to the Coastguard the team was stood down.

107/19 -21st September 11.10

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after a member of the public stood on Whitley Bay beach raised concerns for 3 paddleboarders he could see approximately 1 mile offshore. The informant felt that with the sea state and wind conditions the group may be in difficulty, or may have trouble when returning to shore.
The lifeboat quickly launched and reached the paddleboarders, who confirmed that they were happy and enjoying their trip, which involved heading from Cullercoats Bay to St. Mary’s Island. Although they acknowledged they were further offshore than normal, they stated this was because of the tricky sea state close inshore and felt they required no help and would be able to came ashore safely at the Island in due course.
With this information passed on to the Coastguard, and with no help required, the Lifeboat and Brigade were stood down. There was a total of just 12 minutes between receiving the request to attend and being stood down – representing a very quick response and conclusion to this incident by both the Brigade and the RNLI.

106/19 - 17th September 13.39

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report of a whale that appeared to be deceased and was floating 100/200 metres offshore of the south end of Whitley Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the whale for around 45 minutes – unfortunately it did appear to be dead, and was not moving with the tide suggesting that it may be caught on a submerged object, such as lines used to secure fishing nets/pots.
With no further actions to be carried out, the Coastguard stood the Brigade down and the team returned to station.

105/19 - 14th September 21.31

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist the North East Ambulance Service and their Hazardous Area Response Team after a report was received of a person falling around 10ft down a cliff and suffering multiple injuries. The location of the casualty was initially unclear and was thought to be somewhere in the Cullercoats or Tynemouth area. After a short search the casualty was located on the field between Cullercoats and Tynemouth, after being helped up the cliff by their friends. The casualty was then moved to an ambulance before being taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

104/19 - 9th September 12.20

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after the owners of Dexter, a 5 year-old Cocker Spaniel, reported that he had fallen over the cliff to the south of Collywell Bay and was now on rocks below and alive, but clearly injured.
Once on scene, and working with our colleagues from Blyth, the Brigade deployed two Rope Rescue Technicians over the cliff who quickly reached Dexter and found that he had suffered injuries including a broken leg.
After carefully transferring him to a specialist animal rescue bag, Dexter was recovered up the cliff and passed back to his grateful owners who rushed him to a vets for further assessment and treatment.

103/19 - 8th September 05.42

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service received a call from a man in distress somewhere in the Whitley Bay area – with the line being cut off before a firm location was established. After arriving on scene, meeting up with the Hazardous Area Response Team from the Ambulance Service and units from Northumbria Police, and initially being unable to locate the casualty, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were paged to provide further resources to the search for the man. Shortly after 06.00h the casualty was located on a promenade to the south of Whitley Bay. After receiving care from the Ambulance Service and regaining consciousness, it was confirmed that no further assistance from coastal assets was required and the Brigade and Blyth stood down.

102/19 - 6th September 17.50

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team with a request to support Cullercoats RNLI as they towed a fishing boat back to Royal Quays Marina. The boat had suffered a rope snagged around their propeller which they were unable to safely remove while fishing near to St. Mary’s Island. Team members met the vessel at the Marina and, once safely alongside and with no further assistance required, stood down and returned to station around 19.00h.

101/19 - 5th September 00.48

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service asked for assistance in locating and assisting a man who had called the service stating he had fallen on his boat, suffering possible head injuries, but the location of the boat was initially unclear.
After working with staff from Royal Quays Marina, team members located the man, who was on his boat with his son, at a moorage within the Marina. After providing initial casualty care, the man was checked out by paramedics from the Hazardous Area Response Team who decided that he needed to go to hospital for further assessment and treatment. After helping the man onto the quayside and into an ambulance the Brigade was stood down and the seven members returned home to their beds.

100/19 - 31st September 11.30

As team members took part in ‘Stride out to the Lighthouse’ – a 10km walk from the Parks Leisure Centre to St. Mary’s Lighthouse, they witnessed a 74 year-old man trip and fall on the path in front of the Watch House by Spanish Battery, Tynemouth. The gentleman suffered a significant cut to his head and required immediate first aid treatment from Brigade members. After stopping the bleeding and applying a bandage, the Brigade vehicle was used to transport the man and his wife to a local hospital for further assessment and treatment.
Members then returned to the walk, which was organised by Active North Tyneside and North Tyneside Council, and saw around 700 members of the public complete the walk, helping to raise in excess of £800 for the Brigade.

099/19 - 27th August 08.42

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist with a multi-agency incident on the River Tyne, near to the Tyne Bridge. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that a casualty had been recovered from the river and was in the care of the North East Ambulance Service. Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service and Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

098/19 - 25th August 13.25

As team members carried out a coastal patrol they were asked by the Coastguard to look for signs of any contamination on the shoreline or at sea after a report was received of a substance being spotted between Whitley Bay and Hartlepool. Brigade members carried out a search of the area and spoke to RNLI Beach Lifeguards, with the information then passed on to the Coastguard Operations Centre. The source and nature of the substance remains under investigation by the Environment Agency and Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

097/19 - 25th August 07.55

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet a yacht that had broken down off the Tyne Piers and was being brought to Royal Quays Marina by the Port of Tyne Pilot Cutter. Once at the marina Brigade members checked that the crew had all the required safety equipment, which they did, and with no further assistance required, then stood down.

096/19 - 25th August 02.45

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with an incident on the River Tyne at North Shields. Team members were stood down shortly after arriving on scene with confirmation that the casualty was now in police care and no further assistance was required.

095/19 - 23rd August 05.31

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service requested assistance with rescuing a 52 year old female who had been found unconscious on the tide line at the north end of Whitley Bay Beach. Working with paramedics, the Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team and a crew from the Great North Air Ambulance, the casualty was carried from the beach in a Brigade stretcher and taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

094/19 - 21st August 14.28

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet Cullercoats RNLI at Cullercoats Bay as they towed a personal water craft back to safety after it had broken down at sea. Brigade members met with the people on the craft once they were back on the beach and found that they had some safety equipment but explained that they would have benefited from having a VHF radio so that they could have called the Coastguard quickly for assistance. With this message passed on and no further assistance required, the Brigade was stood down.

091/19 - 14th August 18.32

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported a person in the water off Whitley Bay who they thought may be in difficulty. As 16 Brigade members made their way towards the scene, Cullercoats RNLI, who had been in the area on a training exercise, carried out a search of the area and located one person swimming, who said that they required no further assistance. After the first informant confirmed that this was the person they had thought was in difficulty, they were thanked for their vigilance and all rescue units were stood down with the call marked as a false alarm with good intent.

092/19 - 15th August 19.00

North Tyneside Council contacted the Brigade with a request to assist in recovering a recycling bin which had been thrown over the cliff at Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, and was now below the highwater mark. Eight Brigade members used Rope Rescue equipment to access the cliff and were able to recover the bin and also retrieve a large amount of rubbish from the cliffside.

091/19 - 14th August 18.32

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported a person in the water off Whitley Bay who they thought may be in difficulty. As 16 Brigade members made their way towards the scene, Cullercoats RNLI, who had been in the area on a training exercise, carried out a search of the area and located one person swimming, who said that they required no further assistance. After the first informant confirmed that this was the person they had thought was in difficulty, they were thanked for their vigilance and all rescue units were stood down with the call marked as a false alarm with good intent.

090/19 - 10th August 18.56

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service received a telephone call from a man who had been fishing on rocks north of St. Mary’s Island, at a point known as West Bay, when he had heard cries for help coming from nearby. On investigation the man found that a 54-year-old walker had fallen on rocks and was complaining of significant pain from his right leg and hip.
Brigade members arrived on scene and started casualty care in support of paramedics from the Hazardous Area Response Team of the North East Ambulance Service. After evaluating the different extraction options – the man had fallen around 300 metres from the nearest access point in an area surrounded by cliffs ranging between 40-60ft - the team requested the Coastguard to task the Inshore Lifeboat from Blyth RNLI as it was felt conditions were calm enough to allow for a stretcher to be carried out to the boat.
As the Lifeboat made its way towards the scene the man received extensive pain relief and was carefully transferred to a brigade stretcher. Team members then carried him around 50 metres across rocks to the waiting lifeboat. The Lifeboat then made its way round to the causeway where Brigade members again assisted in the final transfer to an ambulance.
The rescue, which took around 90 minutes to complete, involved close working between the Coastguard Operations Centre, Brigade, RNLI and Ambulance Service to ensure the casualty received the care he needed given the significant discomfort he was in.

089/19 - 10th August 12.20

As team members attended Cullercoats Harbour Day they were asked to assist a casualty who had fallen a short distance from a ramp onto the beach below and was complaining of hip and ankle pain. After delivering first aid, and after an assessment from a paramedic from the Hazardous Area Response Team of the North East Ambulance Service, the casualty was able to walk to a family member’s car to then be taken to a local walk-in centre.

088/19 - 10th August 09.30

The Brigade received a slightly unusual request to assist North Tyneside Council in recovering a number of their recycle points and bins at Spanish Battery, Tynemouth. In what was almost certainly a malicious act, four bins had been thrown over the cliff edge onto the rocks below, not only distributing large amounts of rubbish on the cliff, but also leaving the bins below the high tide mark and potentially creating a danger to shipping.
After informing HM Coastguard, nine team members attended the battery and used rope rescue equipment to bring the four bins back up to the cliff top. Some of the rubbish was also collected but it was not possible to reach everything.
While the team was happy to assist the Council with this incident in an attempt to keep our area clean and tidy, we are very disappointed that someone had misused the bins in this way.

087/19 - 7th August 15.15

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend North Shields Fish Quay where Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat crew, onboard two lifeboats, were due to arrive with two vessels then needed securing to the Quay.
The incident had started after a boat that was towing another vessel had got a rope wrapped around its propeller around 15 miles south east of the Tyne. Tynemouth RNLI were tasked to assist and towed both vessels towards the Tyne. To assist in berthing, another RNLI Lifeboat, which just happened to be on passage through the area and which was crewed by volunteers from the Tynemouth Station, was tasked to assist. Brigade members assisted in securing the first vessel to the Quay, with the second boat then being tied alongside.
The crew onboard the first boat had all the required safety equipment, including lifejackets and a VHF Radio and so, once they were safely alongside, all rescue units were stood down.
Further information on this incident, including the interesting history of one of the boats being towed, is available from Tynemouth RNLI.

086/19 - 4th August 14.45

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI after a report was received of 2 adults and 2 children in difficulty in the sea between Blyth and Seaton Sluice.
A Brigade member was first on scene and quickly located one of the adults who confirmed that everyone was safe and no further assistance was needed. They explained that the 2 children had started to get into difficulties and the 2 adults had then entered the water to try and help them – with all four eventually making it back ashore.

085/19 - 1st August 15.34

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was due to land at 16.00h. Despite the presence of cattle near to the landing site, the Helicopter landed safely and the casualty was quickly transferred to an ambulance so that she could receive further medical treatment. Officers from Northumbria Police also attended the site and assisted the Brigade in keeping the public at a safe distance.

The casualty had been rescued from a yacht roughly 80 miles from land in the North Sea. During a sailing trip from Denmark, the vessel hit a large wave during testing weather conditions that left the casualty with potentially serious injuries. A challenging rescue operation then commenced, with further details available from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

084/19 - 31st July 04.27 This was the 29th Callout in July 2019 - a new record for callouts in a month!

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after a member of the public reported seeing a number of people on St. Mary’s Island, with the causeway to the Island still covered by water following the high tide around an hour earlier. Once on scene the rescue teams were able to see the casualties on the island, and could see that they had started a small fire. After evaluating the best way of making contact with them, the Brigade deployed two members in in-water rescue equipment who waded across to the Island.
They were then able to establish that a group of 5 adults were taking shelter by the entrance to the lighthouse and had started a small fire in an attempt to stay warm. Although not requiring any immediate medical attention, Brigade members handed out a number of blankets to keep the group warm and it was decided that team members would stay with them until the causeway was clear of water and safe to walk off. At this point Cullercoats RNLI was stood down as their assistance was no longer required.
At around 05.20h the group of 2 men and 3 women were walked back across the causeway by the Brigade. Before departing the group explained that they had walked across to the Island at around 11pm the previous evening, before losing track of time and not realising that the tide would cut off their route back to the mainland. They all apologised for any inconvenience they had caused and thanked both the Brigade and Lifeboat crew for their help. The Brigade members also explained how they could check tide times should they visit the area again in the future.

Team members were then stood down at around 05.30h and headed home to dry their kit which had been soaked through by two torrential rain storms that had occurred during the course of the callout.

083/19 - 30th July 10.14

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to provide shore support to Tynemouth RNLI as they towed a boat to Royal Quays Marina after it had suffered suspected gearbox failure. Brigade members met the vessel at the marina, and found that they had all the recommended safety equipment onboard. With no further assistance required, the team was stood down shortly after 11am.

082/19 - 29th July 14.50

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to provide shore support to Tynemouth RNLI as they towed a boat to Royal Quays Marina after it had broken down. Brigade members met the vessel at the marina, and after establishing that no further assistance was required, were stood down by the Coastguard around 15.45h.

081/19 - 28th July 15.15

During the course of the previous incident, the RNLI Beach Lifeguards were informed that a 5 year old girl had been become separated from her parents and was missing within the promenade area of Whitley Bay. Brigade members and crew from Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were implementing a search plan in co-ordination with the Lifeguards when news was received that the girl had been safely located and no further assistance was required.

080/19 - 28th July 14.25

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving multiple 999 calls reporting a man in difficulty in the sea at the south end of Whitley Bay beach.
RNLI Lifeguards based at the beach reached the casualty and then assisted in recovering him from the water to the Inshore Lifeboat from Cullercoats RNLI. The Lifeboat brought the casualty ashore where multiple agencies including the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard, RNLI, North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police assisted the casualty. Medical care was also provided by a number of off-duty NHS staff who came forward to assist.
A second man, who was friends with the first casualty and had attempted to reach him in the sea, also fell in and required medical attention. Both men were then taken to hospital – we have no further information on their condition.

079/19 - 27th July 19.52

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a lifebuoy had removed from its stand at Cullercoats Bay and was being used inappropriately by a group of teenagers. Brigade members arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the call and quickly retrieved the buoy and returned it to its correct location.
The team spoke with a number of groups of children, all who stated that the group that had been misusing the buoy had left the area shortly before the Brigade arrived. With no further action required, the Brigade was then stood down. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

078/19 - 25th July 15.45

While returning from the previous incident, HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to return to the Cullercoats Bay area after another report of a missing person. On arrival, it was again found that all persons were accounted for and the Brigade stood down.

077/19 - 25th July 15.13

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a person missing from Cullercoats Bay. On arrival, it was found that this was a false alarm with good intent and no persons were missing. Northumbria Police and RNLI Lifeguards were also in attendance at this incident.

076/19 - 24th July 14.14

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of two missing girls on the beach at Seaton Sluice. On arrival, it was found that the girls had been safely located and the Brigade stood down. 

075/19 - 23rd July 20.05

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of intoxicated youths in difficulty in the water at Cullercoats Bay. On arrival, nobody was found in need of assistance and the Brigade stood down. Northumbria Police were also in attendance.

074/19 - 22nd July 16.30

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to support Northumbria Police at an incident. No further details are available. 

073/19 - 21st July 20.12

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to a report of a swimmer in difficulty off the north end of Tynemouth Longsands. The casualty was recovered by Cullercoats Lifeboat and the Brigade was stood down. Northumbria Police and North East Ambulance Service were also in attendance at this incident.

072/19 - 21st July 12.11

HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to a report of a vessel with an engine fire in the Tyne Dock. Brigade attended the incident along with Blyth Coastguard and Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat. After determining all persons were safe, the Brigade stood down.

071/19 - 19th July 13.30

A member of the public contacted the Brigade with a report of persons on the outer wall of the North Tyne Pier. Brigade members arrived on scene to find these were fishermen in no need of assistance. Brigade then stood down.

070/19 - 16th July 13.30

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade following a report of an unidentified object floating in the sea off the coast of Whitley Bay. The Brigade arrived on scene to find the object was a lobster pot. This was put down as a false alarm with good intent.

069/19 - 14th July 19.54

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with an incident at North Shields Fish Quay. Shortly after the Brigade arrived on scene the incident was closed down and the Brigade returned to station.

068/19 - 14th July 12.43

While on coastal patrol, the Brigade made contact with a member of the public who had found an injured puffin on Tynemouth Longsands. This was something of a surprise as these birds are not often found in this area. The Brigade helped out by transporting the bird to a local vet.

067/19 - 13th July 17.30

As team members carried out a safety patrol within the local area, which was busy due to the ongoing Mouth of the Tyne Festival, HM Coastguard asked them to keep watch on Tynemouth RNLI as they headed out to sea to tow a boat back to Royal Quays Marina. The vessel, which was believed to have a fouled propeller, was taken from outside the Tyne Piers back to the Marina by the RNLI.
Brigade members then resumed their patrol with nothing further to report.

066/19 - 11th July 21.07

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist the owners of a vehicle that was stuck up to its axles in water at Cullercoats Bay. Nine members responded to the call and worked with crew from Cullercoats RNLI to move the car out of the sea and to a place where it could later be removed by a recovery truck. The team stood down around 21.50h.

065/19 - 8th July 18.50

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist the North East Ambulance Service with a woman who had suffered a possible head injury after falling on rocks at the south side of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find paramedics from the services Hazardous Area Response Team transporting the woman into an ambulance. Once the casualty was safely onboard, the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

064/19 - 8th July 17.19

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a police incident at the North Tyne Pier. Nine members responded to the call and made their way to the scene. After approximately 30 minutes the casualty was escorted off the pier and taken into Police care.

063/19 - 8th July 16.05

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service with an incident at Cullercoats. Brigade members arrived on scene and found the casualty to be safely in the care of the Police with no further assistance required.

062/19 - 8th July 08.58

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public thought they may have seen an aeroplane in difficulty out to sea from Whitley Bay. The first informant took photographs of what they thought may be smoke trails and sent these to the Coastguard, as well as showing them to the first Brigade member who arrived on scene. With no reports of any missing or overdue aircraft, and the photographs not raising any concerns from those who viewed them, the call was put down as a false alarm with good intent and the Brigade was stood down.

061/19 - 6th July 05.25

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a police incident in the Tynemouth area. 10 Brigade members responded to the call and were on scene for around an hour. The casualty was brought to a place of safety by the RNLI and transferred into the care of the Ambulance Service.
Along with the Brigade and the RNLI, emergency services at the scene included multiple units from the North East Ambulance Service, officers and the helicopter from Northumbria Police, and units from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service. South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were also paged to assist but were stood down as they mustered on station.

060/19 - 5th July 22.12

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist North East Ambulance Service access a casualty located on the path towards the North Tyne Pier. As Brigade members arrived on scene the Ambulance crew confirmed that they had managed to bring the casualty to their vehicle and no further assistance was required.

059/19 - 4th July 06.10

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after a report was received of two teenage girls in difficulty in the River Tyne, by the Spanish Battery rocks. It was believed that the two girls had taken a small boat from Tynemouth Haven, ended up in the water and then recovered themselves to the rocks.
When Brigade members arrived on scene they found officers from Northumbria Police in pursuit of the pair, who had managed to scramble up the 40 foot cliffs and made off towards North Shields. After a short time the Police confirmed that they had the two teenagers in their care and no further assistance was required.
Tynemouth RNLI recovered the boat, which had been left at the bottom of the cliffs, it to its launching point back at the Haven – at this point all rescue units were stood down. The North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance at this incident.

058/19 - 3rd July 14.30

HM Coastguard contacted the Brigade with a request to assist a Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Lydd, Kent, which was due to land at the Freeman Hospital at around 16.30h. The Helicopter was transporting a medical team and equipment from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London who were preparing to transfer a two week old baby from Newcastle to the hospital for further medical treatment and care.
The Helicopter arrived around 16.55h, with Brigade members securing the landing site and assisting in transferring equipment to an awaiting ambulance. The ambulance then returned just before 18.00h and members again assisted in moving the baby and equipment into the Helicopter. With the Helicopter departing the scene around 18.15h, the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

057/19 - 1st July 23.43

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service requested assistance with an incident on the River Tyne quayside, underneath the High Level Bridge. Officers from Northumbria Police and Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team were also in attendance at this incident.
At 00.40h the casualty was taken into police care and also rescue units were stood down.

056/19 - 1st July 19.10

As Cullercoats RNLI prepared to launch from their base to take part in a multi-agency exercise that was taking place at King Edward’s Bay, they were flagged down by the mother of a 15 year-old girl who had fallen nearby on some rocks. After a short search the Lifeboat crew located the casualty on the south side of Cullercoats Bay, and found that she had fallen around 10 foot and suffered a number of suspected injuries.
At this point the Lifeboat requested further assistance and nine members of the Brigade and three members of Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were dispatched to the scene, along with an ambulance.
After providing further care to the casualty, a stretcher was used to move her to a place of safety before the ambulance arrived and took her to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

055/19 - 29th June 14.38

As Brigade members supported the King Eddie’s Stair Challenge – a charity event in aid of TVLB – they were tasked along with Cullercoats RNLI to a report of a boat in difficulty off Whitley Bay beach. The Lifeboat quickly reached the boat and found that the crew were in fact fishing and required no assistance. The call was then put down as a false alarm with good intent and all rescue units were stood down.

054/19 - 23rd June 17.24

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after a report that two personal watercraft were in difficulty near to the Tyne Bridge, with at least one person in the water and that one of the craft may have partially sank. Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service would normally be the lead agency for this incident but their water team was initially on another tasking so the Brigade and Lifeboat were dispatched upriver.
10 minutes after being tasked, HM Coastguard stood both units down with confirmation that the Fire Service had now arrived on scene and all persons were safe and accounted for.

053/19 - 23rd June 07.36

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist with a multi-agency incident at South Shields after a car had gone over the cliffs and landed in the sea. Tynemouth RNLI was first on scene and were able to recover the sole occupant from the vehicle onto their boat. Although injured, the man was conscious and was quickly transferred to the shore to receive further medical treatment.
Brigade members then worked with their colleagues from South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and a recovery company to secure a line to the vehicle so that it could be hauled up the cliff and removed from the scene. The team was stood down at 11.00h.
Also in attendance were units from Northumbria Police, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service and North East Ambulance Service, including their Hazardous Area Response Team.

052/19 - 22nd June 16.46

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist North East Ambulance Service with a man who had suffered a possible broken ankle at St.Mary’s Island. Brigade members assisted the Ambulance Service in moving the casualty, who was in a great deal of pain but had hopefully only suffered a severe sprain, from the Island to an ambulance, which took him to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

051/19 - 21st June 21.40

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a boat with six people onboard reported that it was in difficulty on the River Tyne, roughly 100-200 metres upriver of the Redheugh Bridge.
Due to the location of the boat, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service would normally be the lead agency for this incident but their water team was initially on another tasking so the Brigade and Lifeboat were dispatched upriver. Arriving on scene roughly 30 minutes after the call the Brigade found that the Fire Service had been able to launch their rescue boat which had safely rescued the six people.
The Fire Service explained that the boat had run aground on mudflats exposed by the falling tide, and they asked the RNLI to investigate to see if they felt the vessel’s anchor would hold once the tide rose. The Lifeboat investigated the scene and passed information back to the Coastguard and Fire Service so appropriate plans could be made. Brigade members assisted with providing a communications link between the Lifeboat and Coastguard as VHF radio coverage was poor due to the urban environment and location.
Once this was all complete, HM Coastguard stood both rescue units down at 22.30h and they returned to their respective stations.

050/19 - 21st June 13.25

Upon conclusion of the previous incident, HM Coastguard reported that an 18ft vessel had suffered engine failure near St Marys Island, Whitley Bay and was drifting West. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat were both tasked to the vessel, with the Tynemouth boat taking the vessel under tow and arriving back at Royal Quays Marina at 14:30h. Three team members met with the owner of the vessel on the pontoon and issued him with suitable safety advice.

049/19 - 21st June 12.54

As team members prepared to deliver water safety information at a local school as part of RLSS Drowning Prevention Week they were tasked by HM Coastguard to a vessel taking on water at Tynemouth. Brigade members headed to Royal Quays Marina where they met the vessel which had been brought to safety by Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat. Once at the marina pontoon the team ensured the owner had all the appropriate safety and communication equipment on board, which he did - the owner then explained that the boat had taken on water which had resulted in engine failure.

048/19 - 20th June 22.56

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI to assist Northumbria Police with a despondent female in the Cullercoats area. As rescue units arrived on scene the Police confirmed that they had the casualty in their care. However, they requested further assistance with a small car that had become stuck in the sand on the north side of Cullercoats Bay after it had moved to provide access to the arriving emergency vehicles.
Through a combination of Brigade, RNLI and Police pushing power the car was quickly moved off the sand and back to the hardstanding. All Rescue units were then stood down.

047/19 - 19th June 11.45

As a Brigade member returned to station in the rescue vehicle following a sea safety talk, HM Coastguard requested him to confirm the location of a small tender that had been drifting a mile off the Tyne Piers. The member quickly located the boat and passed the information onto the Coastguard, who then tasked Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat to recover it.
The tender was believed to have been drifting for some time after slipping it moorings and there was no concern that anyone had been onboard or was missing.

046/19 - 16th June 21.15

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with locating a missing vulnerable person in the Tynemouth area. As Brigade members arrived on scene the Police confirmed that they had located the casualty at King Edward's Bay and were able to walk them safely off the rocks. With no further assistance required, the team was stood down at 21.28h. 

045/19 - 16th June 15.37

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to meet Tynemouth RNLI at Royal Quays Marina where they were due to arrive at around 16.00h with a boat that had broken down just outside the Tyne piers. Brigade members met the vessel once it was alongside at the marina and found that it had suffered suspected electrical failure. The three crew onboard required no further assistance from the Brigade and were found to have all the required safety equipment onboard. Once this information had been relayed to the Coastguard the team was stood down.

044/19 - 13th June 08.31

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist with an incident in the North Tyneside area. Seven Brigade members attended, and were stood down just before 10am. Due to the nature of the callout, we are unable to provide any further information.

043/19 - 10th June 18.04

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Cullercoats RNLI to assist Northumbria Police with an incident in the Tynemouth area. As Brigade members arrived on scene the casualty was brought to safety by Police officers and all rescue resources were stood down.

042/19 - 9th June 18.53

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI after a yacht reported that it had ran out of fuel near to St. Anthony's Point on the River Tyne. As Rescue resources made their way upriver they were stood down at 19.05h as the yacht had been assisted back to its base at St. Peter's Marina by a passing vessel.

041/19 - 4th June 20.19

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a multi-agency incident on the River Tyne near to Spiller’s Wharf. Ten Brigade members were on scene for around 30 minutes before the casualty was brought to a place of safety and all rescue units were stood down.
Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were all in attendance at this incident.

040/19 - 2nd June 18.31

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and with a request to meet Tynemouth RNLI at Royal Quays Marina who were towing a yacht to safety after it had suffered suspected engine failure. Brigade members assisted with the mooring of the yacht at the Marina and then spoke with the crew members, who required no further assistance and were found to have all the appropriate safety equipment on board their boat.

039/19 - 31st May 19.59

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and with a request to meet Tynemouth RNLI at Royal Quays Marina who were towing a yacht with 2 people on board that had suffered suspected engine failure. Brigade members assisted with the mooring of the yacht at the Marina and then spoke with the crew members, who were from Germany, and were found to have appropriate safety equipment. With the couple left in the care of Marina staff, the Brigade was stood down and return to station.

038/19 - 30th May 14.29

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI to assist with a police incident in the Cullercoats area. Five team members were involved in the callout for around 30 minutes before the casualty was confirmed to be in a place of safety and all rescue units were stood down.

037/19 - 25th May 10.35

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist RNLI Lifeguards and North East Ambulance Service with care and extraction of a casualty from Whitley Bay beach. The casualty, a 7 year old child, had fallen from the promenade while cycling and sustained injuries. The casualty was transported to a local hospital for further care.

036/19 - 24th May 22.40

During the previous incident, North East Ambulance Service and the Brigade were made aware of another casualty on board the vessel who was potentially suffering anaphylactic shock as a result of a nut allergy. Following assessment it was determined that the casualty was safe and well and the Brigade was stood down.

035/19 - 24th May 22.11

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist North East Ambulance Service and their Hazardous Area Response Team with the extraction of a casualty from a vessel on the Tyne who had sustained a head injury. Brigade attended the vessel on Newcastle Quayside and supported the safe extraction of the casualty to shore.

034/19 - 24th May 18.53

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with an incident at Cullercoats Bay. Brigade arrived on scene a few minutes later but found the casualty was already in care of the police and stood down.

033/19 - 22nd May 12.04

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after a member of the public reported a small unmanned dinghy drifting approximately 200 metres off the north end of Whitley Bay beach. As the Brigade met the first informant on the beach, the Lifeboat carried out a search and quickly located the inflatable and found that it had a number of personal belongings onboard. As this raised the prospect that someone had fallen into the water and required assistance, a search of the area commenced, with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, Blyth RNLI and a Coastguard Rescue Helicopter all tasked to assist.

At around 12.50h a member of the public approached a Brigade search team and confirmed that he owned the vessel. He explained that he had left it on the beach earlier in the day and had then noticed that it was missing. The gentleman apologised for not informing the Coastguard of what had happened and thanked all those involved in the search effort. With this positive news that no one was missing, all rescue units were stood down.

032/19 - 19th May 16.10

As six hours of Rope Rescue training at Hartley Bay drew to a close, part of a two-day course the Brigade Captains had been delivering to new members, the team was tasked to attend Willington Quay where a fishing boat with 3 people on board was being towed to safety. After suffering suspected engine failure off Seaton Sluice, Cullercoats RNLI towed the vessel towards the Tyne, with Tynemouth Lifeboat taking over and bringing the vessel back to its berth. The Brigade was stood down and returned to station around 17.15h.

031/19 - 19th May 00.35

As the team travelled back to Tynemouth they were re-tasked to again assist Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team with a despondent person on the South Tyne Pier. Brigade members supported colleagues from Sunderland as they carried out a rope rescue to recover the casualty around 20 foot from the base of the pier to a point of safety. They were then passed into the care of the Police & Ambulance services.

030/19 - 18th May 22.28

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team, Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service and Tynemouth RNLI with an incident on the Leas at Marsden. Eight Brigade members travelled across to South Shields and were in attendance at the incident for around two hours. Due to the nature of the incident no further details are available.

029/19 - 15th May 11.14

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with an incident at Whitley Bay where a person had been trapped by the incoming tide at the bottom of a sea wall.

Brigade members quickly located and stabilised the casualty. Given the incoming tide, time was of the essence. The Brigade used water rescue techniques to safely extract the casualty across a shallow sandbank to Cullercoats Lifeboat. The lifeboat then transported the casualty safely back ashore and into the care of North East Ambulance Service.

Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, North East Ambulance Service's Hazardous Area Response Team and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance.

028/19 - 12th May 10.20

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to assist with a multi-agency incident on the Tyne Bridge. The incident was brought to a successful conclusion, with the casualty in police care, just before midday. Along with the Brigade and the RNLI, Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance.

027/19 - 11th May 14.05

As team members carried out a coastal patrol they were contacted by the area coordinator for British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) who requested their assistance in rescuing a very unwell adult seal at the north end of Whitley Bay beach. Medics were trying to provide care to the seal, who was extremely underweight, but as they approached him he managed to evade the team and headed back out to sea.
BDMLR will make further attempts to reach the seal today.
The Brigade resumed the patrol around 15.00h with no further incidents to report.

026/19 - 2nd May 00.18

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI as part of a multi-agency response to a casualty who may have been injured and possibly in the sea at King Edward's Bay. The first Brigade member arrived on scene within four minutes of the call and found that the casualty was in the care of the ambulance service and no further assistance was required. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

025/19 - 21st April 16.16

Roughly an hour after the conclusion of the previous incident, HM Coastguard again paged the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI after two men became cut off by the tide on rocks at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. Brigade members arrived on scene and observed as the Lifeboat quickly arrived and transferred the casualties onto their boat before taking them back to their station at Cullercoats. Once back on dry land they were spoken to by a Brigade Captain who found that they were unfamiliar with the area and were then directed about how to find out local tide times.

024/19 - 21st April 15.01

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI with a request to attend Browns Bay after a report was received of children stuck in the water and looking like they may climb up a cliff to reach a place of safety. A Brigade member was on scene within a minute of the call and found that the children had managed to exit the sea via an access ramp and were now safe. A thorough search of the area was carried out by the Brigade, the Lifeboat and firefighters from the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, who also attended the incident. Once it was confirmed no one else was in danger all rescue units were stood down.

023/19 - 20th April 18.07

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with the request to assist the North East Ambulance Service who were attending reports of a possible injured teenage girl at Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the 15 year old casualty had refused treatment and left the area - it was believed that she heavily intoxicated. At this point all rescue units were stood down and the Brigade returned to station.

022/19 - 15th April 12.02

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concern for four children they thought may be cut off by the tide at Sharpness Point, Tynemouth. As Brigade members arrived on scene they found that the group had returned to the mainland - two of the group had been in the sea and were quickly checked over by the team but were found to have no ill effects.
They were then all issued with advice about how to check tide times and how to enjoy the coastline safely. The team stood down at 12.15h

021/19 - 11th April 16.21

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist Northumbria Police with an incident at Seaton Sluice. 8 members of the Brigade and 7 team members from Blyth were mobilised to attend. All Rescue Units were stood down at 16.39h with the incident concluded and the casualty safe in police care.

020/19 - 31st March 13.25

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to concern for a male in the North Shields area. Once on scene the casualty was confirmed to be in the care of the Ambulance Service with no further assistance required. Along with the Brigade and the North East Ambulance Service, Northumbria Police and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance at this incident.

019/19 - 30th March 19.04

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend North Shields Fish Quay where Tynemouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was due to arrive around 19.30h with the fishing vessel 'Moreemma'
The vessel had suffered a major machinery failure around 10 nautical miles from the River Tyne and had to be towed back to safety by the RNLI.
The vessel, which looked somewhat eerie without any working lights or electrics, was skilfully positioned alongside the quay by the Lifeboat, with Brigade members assisting in securing her mooring lines.
With this complete, all rescue units were stood down around 19.45h.

018/19 - 18th March 13.32

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report from a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of a surfer he had been observing who was around 200 metres off Tynemouth Longsands and who appeared to be having difficulty returning to the shore.
As Brigade members arrived on scene they observed the surfer make his way back ashore and so all rescue units were stood down and the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

017/19 - 15th March 14.16

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service received a report from a member of the public that they had helped a 66 year-old man out of the sea near to Brown's Bay.
Brigade members arrived on scene and provided first aid care to the casualty who was extremely distressed and showing signs of hypothermia.
The Brigade vehicle was used to transport the man to an awaiting ambulance which then took him to hospital for further assessment and treatment. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

016/19 - 6th March 11.14

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a woman reported falling from around 15ft on the south side of Spanish Battery, landing on rocks and sustaining a number of injuries.

Brigade members arrived on scene and worked with crews from the North East Ambulance Service, including their Hazardous Area Response Team, and officers from Northumbria Police to stabilise the casualty and move her onto a stretcher.

The casualty who was conscious throughout but stated that they were in a great deal of discomfort, was then carried off the rocks and to an ambulance for onward transportation to hospital.

015/19 - 26th February 16.53

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a woman fell from around 15ft on the south side of Spanish Battery, landing on rocks and sustaining a number of injuries.
Brigade members arrived on scene and worked with crews from the North East Ambulance Service and officers from Northumbria Police to stabilise the casualty and move her onto a stretcher.
Cullercoats RNLI, who were at sea on an exercise, were asked to assist by the Brigade and provided two crew members. Working with their colleagues from the RNLI, the Brigade then carefully carried the casualty around 100 metres from the rocks to an awaiting ambulance.
The casualty who was conscious throughout but in a great deal of discomfort, was then taken to hospital and all rescue resources were stood down.

014/19 - 26th February 11.49

While two members were carrying out driver training in the Brigade vehicle, HM Coastguard tasked them to proceed to Seaton Sluice where an aircraft had reported that a kayaker may be in distress.
Brigade members arrived on scene and carried out a search from numerous vantage points. Meanwhile, the Coastguard spoke with numerous pleasure craft - all who said they had seen nothing untoward. A number of members of the public reported to the brigade that two kayakers had been in the area around 40 minutes before, but they had not appeared to be in any difficulty.
With no further reports of anyone in difficulty, the Brigade was stood down at 12.34h.  

013/19 - 25th February 12.55

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend Royal Quays Marina where Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat was due with a fishing vessel which had been involved in a suspected collision with another vessel. 
Once at the Marina Brigade members checked that the crew of the vessel were OK before gathering details of the incident and photographs of the damage which was then passed on to the Coastguard for further investigation. 

012/19 - 24th February 17.20

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a member of the public reported a kayak with two people onboard that he thought may be in difficulty off King Edward's Bay. The Lifeboat quickly reached the kayakers who confirmed that they were OK and did not require any assistance - the Lifeboat then stood by as they made their way back ashore at Tynemouth Long Sands. Meanwhile, Brigade members spoke with the first informant and thanked him for his vigilance - the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

011/19 - 22nd February 16.22

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a paddle boarder may be in difficulty near to the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members, assisted by officers from Northumbria Police, carried out a search of the area but did not locate anyone requiring assistance - the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

010/19 - 21st February 14.44

Shortly after returning to station from the previous call, HM Coastguard again tasked the Brigade after the North East Ambulance Service received a report of an elderly woman who was in a distressed state and had been in the sea at the north end of Whitley Bay Beach. As Brigade members headed towards the scene, officers from Northumbria Police reached the casualty and confirmed that they had been looking for her for the past hour after she had been reported as missing. Brigade members checked the casualty over but found that she appeared to have no injuries and had started to warm up after being in the sea. With an ambulance crew on scene to give a further check of the casualty, the Brigade was stood down and returned to station.

009/19 - 21st February 14.03

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a report that a surfer may be in difficulty at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands. Brigade members arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the call to find that the casualty had managed to make his way ashore and no further assistance was required.

008/19 - 20th February 01.41

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth & Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Teams with a request to assist Northumbria Police in the search for a missing person in the Blyth area.
A total of 15 volunteers, 7 from the Coastguard Rescue Teams and 8 from the Brigade, spent just under two hours searching for the missing person before the Police confirmed that they had been found inland and were now in their care. With this news all rescue units were stood down and returned to their respective stations.

007/19 - 16th February 04.16

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend North Shields Fish Quay where Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat was about to arrive with the fishing vessel 'Shaulora'. The 18m fraserburgh-based boat had run-aground inside the south Tyne Pier as she headed out to sea.
Once at the quay, Brigade members worked alongside colleagues from Port of Tyne and Northumbria Police to establish the circumstances that had led to the vessel coming to harm.
The Brigade was stood down and returned to station at 06.00h.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were also involved in this incident as they attend the south pier and provided safety cover as the Lifeboat brought the boat and her crew to a place of safety.

006/19 - 15th February 15.19

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service requested assistance in searching for a dog missing on cliffs betweens Collywell Bay and Hartley Bay. A dog had been reported as missing in the area on 14th February and members of the public thought they may have seen the dog on a cliff ledge.
To confirm the dog was not in the area a search team was deployed to the rocks below the cliffs with a thermal imagining camera provided by the Fire Service, which helped the team scan the area for the dog in a safe manner. Meanwhile, a rope rescue technician was deployed from a number of locations on the cliff top to check blindspots. After an hour of investigation, it was confirmed that the dog was not in any of these locations and all search teams were stood down. The owners of the dog were present throughout and were very thankful for the efforts of all team members.

Sadly, the body of the dog was located further to the south on 16th February.

005/19 - 12th February 10.37

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to provide shoreside support to Tynemouth RNLI who were heading to the aid of a boat reported as in difficulty just off the mouth of the River Tyne. Brigade members observed as the Lifeboat brought the vessel safely back to Royal Quays Marina at which point all rescue units were stood down.

004/19 - 5th February 14.33

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after receiving a 999 call from owner of a dog that had fallen off a cliff at the south end of Cullercoats Bay. The owner could hear the dog, but was unable to see it and could not get close to the dog due to the cliff face and high tide. Brigade members arrived on scene and were also initially unable to locate the dog and, due to the tide, Cullercoats RNLI were requested to assist with the operation.
Once joined by colleagues from Blyth Coastguard, a Brigade Captain donned Water Rescue Equipment and entered the water, locating the dog at the back of a cave - approximately 15/20ft from the entrance.
 
He was then joined by two team members from Blyth Coastguard, and two Lifeboatmen from Cullercoats, also in water rescue equipment, and eventually a team member from Blyth was able to crawl to the back of the cave and coax Frankie, a cocker spaniel, to come with him. The team then worked together to get the dog back to dry land where it was reunited with its extremely grateful owner. Frankie was cold and a little frightened, but otherwise seemed in reasonable health given her adventure.
 
In this case the owner acted in exactly the right manner by not attempting to reach the dog herself but phoning 999 and asking for the Coastguard.

Our local Coastguard Rescue Service Area Commander and Senior Coastal Operations Officer, who had both been at Blyth Coastguard station at the time of the call, also attended this incident.

003/19 - 4th February 16.14

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call from the friend of a man who was cut off by the tide at St. Mary’s Island. Once on scene Brigade members met with the first informant who allowed the Brigade to use his phone to speak with the man on the island who confirmed he was safe and well and was happy to wait for the tide to drop to allow him to walk off the island – which was anticipated to be possible from around 18.15h. After the Coastguard also spoke to the man, who confirmed that he would ring them once he was off the Island or if his circumstances changed, it was agreed that no further assistance was required from a rescue resource and the Brigade down was stood down.

002/19 - 20th January 19.10

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick Airport was due to land. The Helicopter, transporting a pilot injured after his glider crashed on The Cheviot in Northumberland, safely landed at 20.10h and Brigade members assisted in transferring the casualty to an ambulance. The Helicopter then departed the site and the Brigade was stood down.

001/19 - 6th January 19.11

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with locating a vulnerable woman within the area of North Shields Fish Quay. As Brigade members started a search of the area, Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also deployed to confirm no one was in the water. After 45 minutes of searching, with nothing untoward located, the Coastguard confirmed that all rescue resources could stand down.

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