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

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Callouts To Date - 118

118/20 - 26th December 12.47

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after a mum dialled 999 and asked for assistance for her two daughters who were on surfboards off Tynemouth Longsands and were struggling to return to the shore due to strong offshore winds.
As Brigade members arrived on scene the pair were helped ashore by a staff member from a local surf shop, who had provided the surfboards to the pair and had then noticed that they were getting into difficulties. The pair, who along with their mother were very grateful for the help they received and the attendance of the emergency teams, confirmed that they required no further assistance and all rescue units were stood down at 13.08h.

117/20 - 22nd December 09.02

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to support the North East Ambulance Service who were treating a casualty who had suffered a medical episode on the promenade to the north of King Edward’s Bay. 10 team members attended the incident and assisted the Ambulance crew in accessing the casualty and preparing them for a safe extraction to hospital for further assessment and treatment. The Brigade stood down at 09.45h.

116/20 - 13th December 13.21

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for the safety of the crew of a boat they thought may be in trouble just off Browns Bay. As Brigade members made their way to the scene the Coastguard managed to establish radio contact with the boat, with the crew confirming that they were safe and well and required no further assistance.

115/20 - 13th December 08.48

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after a member of the public reported what they thought may be a group of 4 surfers in difficulty off the south end of Tynemouth Longsands.
Brigade members arrived on scene to a challenging situation which involved a number of casualties who had been recovered from the water and who had a range of medical needs. After confirming that no further persons were unaccounted for, Brigade members established that two individuals had inhaled significant levels of water and they received additional care including the administration of oxygen. The team also carried checks out on a number of other individuals who were suffering from a range of conditions including shock and hypothermia – but all at relatively mild levels. The North East Ambulance Service quickly arrived on scene with one land ambulance and one crew from their Hazardous Area Response Team, and after further assessment decided to take one of the casualties to hospital for further precautionary checks.
Although the initial call had been to surfers in difficulty, it transpired that the incident started when around a dozen swimmers, who are part of sea swimming Facebook group, had entered the sea – with most intending to go in only to the height of their knees or waists at most. Unfortunately some of the group entered the sea at the point where a rip tide was running on the beach and after around 10 minutes they found themselves in difficulty. Fortunately a group of three university students on surfboards, and at least one other surfer, responded to their calls to help and ensured everyone was brought ashore before the Lifeboat and Brigade reached the scene.

114/20 - 9th December 15.00

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist at an incident. 10 team members volunteered on scene for one hour before being stood down. Due to the nature of the incident, no further information is available.

113/20 - 8th December 21.13

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to a police incident in the Whitley Bay area. Once on scene and after assessing the situation, the team requested additional assistance from Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI.
After around an hour, the casualty came to a place of safety and was taken into police care.
In addition to the coastal rescue resources on scene, Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Services Hazardous Area Response Team, and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service including their line rescue teams, were also in attendance at this incident.

112/20 - 5th December 15.11

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth RNLI after members of the public reported a person who they thought was cut off by the tide to north of St. Mary’s Island. As rescue units made their way towards the scene, the first informants contacted the Coastguard again to say that they thought the person had now been swept off a rock and was in difficulty in the water.
A Brigade member was first on scene and located the casualty out of the water at Hartley Bay. The man confirmed that he had been swimming and considered himself to be in no danger. With no medical assistance required, all rescue units were stood down.

111/20 - 1st December 01.53

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team with a request to assist Northumbria Police in the search for a missing person between St. Mary’s Island and Blyth. After approximately twenty minutes the casualty was located by a Police Officer. The casualty, who was conscious but required medical assistance, was passed into the care of paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team with all coastal rescue units stood down at 02.45h.

110/20 - 28th November 10.17

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a resident on Windsor Crescent raised concerns for the well being of a man they could see out on rocks off Browns Bay. The man appeared to be wearing a wetsuit, but with the tide coming in around him, appeared to be acting in an unusual manner.
Although Brigade members were on scene within 8 minutes of the call, the ‘casualty’ had by this point returned to the mainland and left the scene, appearing to be OK and not requiring any assistance. With this information the team thanked the first informant for their vigilance, marked the call as a false alarm with good intent, and stood down.
After the incident a Brigade member spoke with a friend of theirs, who was believed to be man in the sea, and he explained that he is a local sound artist and that he had been recording the sounds of the tide as it came in over the remains of the steamship Zepheros which was wrecked on the rocks on 16th February 1947.

109/20 - 26th November 12.38

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a woman fell on Whitley Bay beach and suffered a possible dislocated shoulder. After being assisted initially by staff working on the restoration of Whitley Bay promenade, Brigade members arrived on scene and provided further care and assessment. After consulting with the Coastguard and the North East Ambulance Service, the woman confirmed that she was comfortable enough to be taken to hospital by a relative for additional treatment. All rescue units stood down at 13.20h. 

108/20 - 20th November 21.19

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI to assist at a multi-agency incident in the North Shields area. 9 team members were on scene for 3 hours before the incident was brought to a successful conclusion. Also in attendance at this incident were Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service including their Hazardous Area Response Team, and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service including specialist rope and water teams.

107/20 - 19th November 14.13

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after a report was received of 2 surfers in difficulty in the surf line at King Edward’s Bay. Once on scene Brigade members were met by the first informant who confirmed that both surfers had made it safely back ashore.
Team members then spoke to the pair who confirmed that they were fit and well, if a little shaken up after an uncomfortable experience in the sea – they were then issued with same safety advice regarding evaluating when conditions are too heavy to surf, before they both left the area and all rescue units were stood down.

106/20 - 16th November 13.08

A short while later, HM Coastguard again paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI, this time with a request to assist a man cut off by the tide at the southern end of Whitley Bay, underneath the lower promenade. The man was recovered into the Lifeboat and taken back to Cullercoats Bay, before all rescue units were stood down. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team was also called to provide additional resources in case a technical rescue was needed – but thankfully this was not required.

105/20 - 16th November 11.57

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after a member of the public raised concerns for the wellbeing of a kayaker who was roughly a quarter of a mile off Whitley Bay beach and appeared to be struggling to return to shore against a strong wind. With the man under watch by Brigade members, the Lifeboat quickly arrived on scene where the casualty gratefully accepted the offer of a lift back to the safety of Cullercoats Bay. The Brigade then assisted in taking the man back to his car in Whitley Bay, before all rescue units stood down at around 12.50h.

104/20 - 10th November 13.50

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to support Tynemouth RNLI as they towed a vessel to safety after it had suffered engine difficulties just off the Tyne Piers. Two Brigade members kept watch over the tow and assisted with the berthing of the vessel at Royal Quays Marina.  

103/20 - 8th November 18.51

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to support Tynemouth RNLI as they, along with a number of other vessels, supported a fishing vessel involved in a collision approximately one mile east of the River Tyne. Although the two crew of the vessel were OK, the boat could not be saved and sank a short distance from the river mouth. Brigade members gathered information on the incident which was passed back to the Coastguard for further investigation.  

102/20 - 8th November 17.20

During the previous incident, the Coastguard received a report of a light half-way up a cliff to the north of Hartley Bay. Team members carried out a detailed search of the coastal path and the rocks beneath the cliff, but could find no one requiring assistance. The call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.  

101/20 - 8th November 15.50

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to support Tynemouth RNLI as they, along with a number of other vessels, supported a fishing vessel involved in a collision approximately one mile east of the River Tyne. Although the two crew of the vessel were OK, the boat could not be saved and sank a short distance from the river mouth. Brigade members gathered information on the incident which was passed back to the Coastguard for further investigation.  

100/20 - 8th November 09.56

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after two swimmers on Tynemouth Longsands raised concerns for the safety of a surfer that they had spotted heading south round Sharpness Point. They were concerned that he was very close to the rocks and may have encountered difficulties due to rough water.

Brigade members were on scene within 5 minutes of the call, and as they talked to the informants, witnessed the surfer making his way back south and it was clear that he was in no need of assistance. A quick search of the general Longsands and King Edward’s Bay area confirmed that no on else was in need of any help and so the first informants were thanked for their vigilance and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

099/20 - 7th November 22.08

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade & Tynemouth RNLI after Northumbria Police reported that a male was in the River Tyne, near to Hebburn, and required urgent assistance. As Brigade members made their way towards a suitable vantage point on the north bank of the Tyne, the Coastguard received confirmation that the man was out of the water and the Brigade was stood down.

098/20 - 2nd November 16.03

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade to assist with an incident on the Tyne Bridge. Working alongside colleagues in Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service a casualty was brought to safety at around 17.00h.

097/20 - 1st November 13.05

As team members assisted with the above incident, HM Coastguard informed them that members of the public at the North Tyne Pier had raised concerns for the safety of three men on a small rigid inflatable boat located just to the north of the north Tyne pier. The caller felt that the boat was not suitable for the challenging weather conditions, and advised that the 3 men did not appear to be wearing lifejackets.
With assistance from Tynemouth RNLI and Red Seal Rescue, the boat was located ashore at King Edward’s Bay. A Brigade member spoke with the men, who were not aware of the danger they were in, and found that they did have lifejackets with them, but felt it unnecessary to wear them and preferred to keep them in a bag. After a short discussion, one of the three decided to walk back to their launch point at Tynemouth Haven, with the other two being escorted in their boat by the Lifeboat and craft from Red Seal Rescue.
It is vital that boat owners understand sea and weather conditions, and are able to make sensible decisions as to when they should and should not go to sea, and also that crew wear lifejackets and safety equipment – as kit left in a bag may well be of no help in an emergency.

096/20 - 1st November 12.53

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police with post-incident investigation work in the Tynemouth area. No further details are available.

095/20 - 31st October 23.02

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service with an incident in the Tynemouth area. Seven team members were on scene for around 90 minutes before the casualty was taken to hospital. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was also dispatched to the scene but was stood down before arriving in the area.    

094/20 - 26th October 23.54

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI to attend a multi-agency incident in Whitley Bay. All rescue units were stood down at 01.15h once the casualty was in the care of the police and ambulance service.   

093/20 - 17th October 07.50

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police with an incident at Tynemouth Longsands. 11 team members attended and were on scene until just before 10am when the call was concluded. No further details are available from the Brigade.  

092/20 - 13th October 17.58

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade to assist with a multi-agency incident on the River Tyne. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene it was confirmed that the casualty was now safely in police care and all rescue units were stood down.

091/20 - 11th October 07.20

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade along with South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade & Tynemouth RNLI after reports of a person in the water in the River Tyne. The Brigade was stood down two minutes after the page was sent.

090/20 - 9th Octoberr 12.03

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a kayaker raised concerns for the safety of two paddleboarders who he felt may be in difficulty making their way back to shore off Tynemouth Longsands. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and were relieved to see the pair safely back ashore. With no further assistance required, the Brigade stood down at 12.25h.

089/20 - 30th September 14.03

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site in Newcastle. A Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter landed around 15.00h and a male casualty was transferred to an awaiting ambulance and taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

088/20 - 28th September 17.03

Later in the day, the Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after concern was raised regarding the behaviour of a gentleman on the waterline at Cullercoats Bay. Rescue assets were quickly on scene and established that the gentleman was safe and well and was just cooling down in the sea. All rescue units were stood down and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.    

087/20 - 28th September 10.44

As team members carried out Rope Rescue training at Spanish Battery, HM Coastguard again tasked them to the North Tyne Pier, after further reports were received of fishermen trespassing on the pier – with a rising tide the pier was becoming a dangerous location as it was inundated with large breaking waves. Brigade members arrived on scene and were preparing to deploy members along the pier when the fishermen returned to the entrance. They were then spoken to by security officers from Port of Tyne. The Brigade stood down at 11.50h.  

086/20 - 27th September 11.41

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI to assist Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service with an incident along the Whitley Bay coastline. The incident was concluded at 11.05h with the casualty assisted to an ambulance and taken for further assessment and treatment.    

085/20 - 27th September 08.58

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported a number of people on a rocky outcrop just to the north of St. Mary’s Island, with concern that they were in danger of being swept into the sea. Brigade members quickly reached the scene and found that the group had moved off the outcrop and to a position of relative safety. A team member then spoke with them and explained that the tide was coming in and they confirmed that they would shortly be leaving the rocks and heading back inland.  

084/20 - 26th September 18.40

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Port of Tyne reported a number of members of the public trespassing on the North Tyne Pier, which was closed and was also being hit by a number of large breaking waves. Brigade members arrived on scene and assessed that the location of fishermen did not put them in any immediate danger of being swept off the pier. With no threat to life, HM Coastguard stood the Brigade down and the matter was left in the hands of Port of Tyne.  

083/20 - 25th September 20.34

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist the North East Ambulance Service in locating and extracting a casualty who was believed to have fallen near to Collywell Bay, and suffered potentially serious injuries.

As Brigade members arrived on scene, the Coastguard received an update confirming that the casualty had been located by officers from Northumbria Police further to the north, in Blyth, and no further assistance was needed from the Brigade.

082/20 - 22nd September 16.47

The Brigade’s second tasking of the day from HM Coastguard involved meeting the crew of a broken down boat which Tynemouth RNLI towed back to Willington Quay on the River Tyne.

Once safely alongside at a mooring, the crew of the boat immediately admitted that they had left their life jackets in their car, and were aware that they had been fortunate not to need them after a fairly challenging time once they had broken down. Thankfully the crew did have access to a VHF radio and distress flares.

With no further assistance required, all rescue units were stood down at 17.40h.

081/20 - 22nd September 12.24

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI after two paddleboarders were unable to make their way back to shore at Cullercoats Bay due to strong offshore winds. The Lifeboat launched within minutes of the call and quickly had the pair onboard and safely on their way back to Cullercoats.
Once at the Bay, the pair confirmed to Brigade members that they required no further assistance but were extremely grateful for the help they had received. All rescue units were stood down at 12.50h

080/20 - 14th September 01.48

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade to support a multi-agency response to an incident in Newcastle. A total of eight members from the two teams volunteered for around one hour before the incident was brought to a safe and successful conclusion. Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were all also in attendance at this callout.

079/20 - 12th September 18.59

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI after a member of the public raised concerns for 3 paddleboarders who were off Tynemouth Longsands and who he felt were struggling to return to the shore due to strong winds.
The Lifeboat quickly made their way out to the group, who confirmed that they were OK and did not require any assistance. Once the group was back ashore, all rescue units were stood down and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

078/20 - 11th September 15.21

HM Coastguard paged Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist the North East Ambulance Service after a lady fell on north Blyth beach and suffered a possible lower leg fracture. Once on scene, and after identifying that the method of extraction would be via a 600 metre stretcher carry, Blyth requested additional assistance from the Brigade.
Six team members made their way to the scene and then assisted the Coastguard Rescue Team and Ambulance Service in safely evacuating the casualty to an Ambulance. All units were stood down at around 16.30h.

077/20 - 10th September 22.52

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to prepare and manage the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was due to land. The Helicopter, carrying a female casualty with suspected hip injuries following a fall on Holy Island, was transferred to an awaiting ambulance and taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment. After assisting in bringing helicopter personnel back to the site from the hospital, and after the helicopter had departed, the Brigade was stood down at around 01.20h.
Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.

076/20 - 9th September 06.33

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Tynemouth RNLI was tasked to assist a yacht with engine trouble located a few miles south of the River Tyne. Brigade members assisted with securing the yacht at Royal Quays Marina before speaking with the crew, who thankfully had all the required safety equipment, and believed they had identified the source of their engine difficulties. With no further assistance required, all rescue units were stood down at 07.25h.   

075/20 - 6th September 19.00

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public entered the River Tyne near to North Shields Fish Quay. The casualty was thrown a life ring by others and then returned to the quay.
Brigade members arrived on scene and provided casualty care for the man, who was conscious but cold and wet, until the ambulance service arrived. The man was then taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.  

074/20 - 3rd September 16.24

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Tynemouth RNLI after Port of Tyne reported concern for a boat with 1 person onboard which appeared to be having engine difficulty in the lower harbour area of the River Tyne, near to the North Tyne Pier.
Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the boat, which was now underway and making its way towards Tynemouth Haven. The Lifeboat quickly then arrived on scene and confirmed with the crew member that they had experienced engine difficulties but these were now resolved – with no further assistance required all rescue units were stood down at 16.35h

073/20 - 1st September 23.55

Just before midnight, three team members returned to the Spanish Battery to provide safety cover and additional lighting to Tynemouth RNLI as they took two crew members back to their cabin cruiser, which was now afloat. After guiding the vessel away from the rocks, and finding that it appeared to have avoided suffering any significant damage, the crew were able to restart their engine, at which point the Lifeboat escorted them to Royal Quays Marina and the Brigade was stood down.

072/20 - 1st September 20.24

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a cabin cruiser with 3 people onboard reported that it had come aground on rocks near to the Black Middens, at the mouth of the River Tyne.
Brigade members arrived on scene and located the boat south of the Spanish Battery, and clearly stuck on rocks with the tide on the way out. Despite valiant attempts by the Lifeboat crew, it was not possible to re-float the boat and so an anchor was set and the three crew were evacuated back to the lifeboat station.
Once back at the station a plan was made for the Lifeboat and Brigade to re-attend at midnight, by which time it was hoped that the boat would have re-floated on the incoming tide.

The owner of the boat explained that after a short trip out of the Tyne, they had returned to shelter in the lower harbour after one of the crew became unwell. With their engine off they drifted towards the Battery, unaware of the location of the rocks until they were stuck.
Following this explanation, Brigade members and Lifeboat crew passed on extensive safety advice regarding how to learn more about the river and the location of rocks, and also how to correctly use the VHF radio they had onboard their vessel.

071/20 - 1st September 13.49

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public at the Brierdene car park in Whitley Bay raised concerns for the safety of a kayaker they could see who they thought may be having difficulty making his way back ashore.
RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Whitley Bay quickly identified the kayaker and confirmed that they thought he was in no danger and appeared to be fishing. A short time later Brigade members arrived on scene, also confirmed that the kayaker looked to be in no need of assistance, and then thanked the first informant for their vigilance. All rescue units were stood down at 14.10h and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

070/20 - 31st August 08.43

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a 48 year-old kayaker capsized off King Edwards Bay and could not climb back onto his kayak as he was in the surf line. Thankfully the man’s shouts for help were overheard by three nearby swimmers who swam to the him and brought him ashore.
Once on the beach the casualty was cared for by Brigade members and a number of members of the public, including a passing off-duty doctor, before he was able to walk off the beach to an awaiting ambulance who took him to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

069/20 - 31st August 05.11

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team as part of a multi-agency incident at King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members were on scene with their coastguard colleagues, officers from Northumbria Police and paramedics from the Hazardous Area Response Team at the North East Ambulance Service till around 06.00h at which point the incident was brought to a successful conclusion.

068/20 - 23rd August 11.45

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI after two paddleboarders came across two men in the water next to their overturned kayak near to St. Mary’s Island.
The Lifeboat was quickly on scene and recovered the men from the water, with one sustaining a minor head wound from when the kayak capsized, as well as taking onboard a small amount of sea water. Once the Lifeboat brought the men and their kayak back to Cullercoats, Brigade members administered casualty care to the man with the head wound, which was thankfully only a minor injury, and then gave the pair a lift back to their vehicles at Whitley Bay.
The men had limited safety equipment, notably a mobile phone they could not reach once capsized, and buoyancy aids, and so were advised to purchase a VHF radio and hand-held flares so that they could raise the alarm should they get into difficulty in the future.

067/20 - 19th August 20.47

As team members completed a training session, HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to work alongside Cullercoats RNLI in carrying out a shoreline search from Tynemouth Haven to St. Mary’s Island for a possible overdue kayaker. Lifeboat crew at Cullercoats Bay had observed a kayaker launch from the bay at around 6pm, and had not seen him return, and also had a set of wheels used to transport kayaks left unattended in front of their station.
In testing conditions due to the onset of darkness and torrential rain, 5 Brigade search teams were deployed to carry out a search of the area, with the Lifeboat carrying out a similar exercise at sea.
At just after 10pm, information was received confirming that the wheels had been left on the beach by accident by others, and with no one reported missing or overdue, HM Coastguard stood down all rescue teams and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent.

066/20 - 17th August 18.56

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to attend the north side of Cullercoats Bay, near to Marconi Point, after two kayakers, both aged 15, had been spotted as being in difficulty in breaking waves. Cullercoats RNLI, who had crew on station carrying out maintenance, launched immediately and found that the kayakers had managed to make their way out of danger, with assistance provided by a member of the public who had waded out to them from the shore.
The Lifeboat then escorted the kayakers back into the safety of the Bay, where they then provided casualty care to one of the girls who had some minor cuts and bruises. All rescue units were stood down at 19.20h.
Although the member of the public who waded out was able to help the girls, we encourage all individuals to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard if you see someone in difficulty at the coast, rather than put yourself in a position of potential danger.

065/20 - 15th August 16.32

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist the North East Ambulance Service after a 49 year-old woman collapsed on Whitely Bay Beach, opposite the Brierdene pub.
A Brigade member was on scene within 5 minutes of the call and cared for the casualty, who had been unconscious for around two minutes, as she started to recover. Once the casualty had been assessed by a paramedic, a Brigade stretcher was used to carry the lady around 200 metres from the beach to an awaiting ambulance.

064/20 - 8th August 12.50

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI with a request to assist RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Whitley Bay Beach who were caring for a 78 year-old lady with a suspected broken hip. The lady had slipped on sand at the bottom of the beach access ramp in front of the Renedevous Café.
Working together, Lifeguards, Lifeboat Crew and Brigade Members administered first aid to the casualty until they were able to transfer her into the care of the North East Ambulance Service at 13.45h. We wish the casualty well in her recovery from her fall.  

063/20 - 6th August 11.19

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after a report was received of a man in the water near to the North Tyne Pier, with the first informant concerned for their welfare. The Lifeboat was quickly on scene and carried out a thorough search of the water – and although they spoke to a number of people – none of them were in need of assistance. After confirming with the first informant that the lifeboat had spoken to the person they thought was in trouble, which they had, all rescue units were stood down at 11.30h.

062/20 - 3rd August 12.48

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported that he thought two young girls may be becoming cut off by the tide on rocks at St. Mary’s Island. Brigade members were quickly on scene where they were met by the first informant, along with the two children and their relative. The girls explained that they had been trying to help ‘save’ a jellyfish when they had become briefly stuck on a rock, before being helped to safety.
The Brigade passed on advice on how to stay safe at the beach, including where they can find out information on tide times, and also the risks of getting too close to jellyfish, before all rescue units were stood down at 13.00h.  

061/20 - 2nd August 12.44

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Tynemouth Longsands as they cared for a 24 year-old female who had fallen off her surfboard and suffered a suspected fracture to her left leg below the knee. 9 Brigade members arrived on scene and provided pain relief to the casualty who was in a great deal of discomfort. Working with the lifeguards, the casualty was then placed onto a stretcher and carried to the south ramp at the beach. The casualty was then transferred into the care of the North East Ambulance Service who took her to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

060/20 - 1st August 18.45

13 team members deployed to carry out a search of the North Tyneside area after a child, aged 12, with family links to the Brigade, was reported missing, having not been seen since 12.30h. All rescue units were stood down at 19.45h as the family confirmed the great news that they had located the child safe and well.

059/20 - 31st July 18.49

While three team members were on station to provide an immediate response to any incidents given the warm weather, HM Coastguard paged the team to assist Police, Fire & Ambulance service with an incident at the Redheugh Bridge, River Tyne. As Brigade members arrived on scene, the Fire Service confirmed that the casualty was now safely in police care and all rescue units were stood down.

058/20 - 31st July 07.56

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for the safety of a kayaker in the lower Tyne Harbour who they thought may be in difficulty. Brigade members arrived on scene within four minutes of the call and were able to quickly confirm that the kayaker was fishing and required no assistance. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

057/20 - 29th July 15.30

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after a member of the public near to St George’s Church reported that three inflatables appeared to be struggling to make it back to the shore at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands due to strong offshore winds.
Rescue teams were quickly on scene and found that one of the dinghy’s had returned to the beach but the other two were still in difficulty, with the Lifeboat bringing a total of 3 children and one adult back to the safety of the beach.
Although the group were wearing buoyancy aids, they had no further safety equipment onboard and were unable to row against the wind that was preventing them staying close to the beach. Furthermore, one of the children had ended up in the water and was very upset from the ordeal he had experienced.

056/20 - 25th July 12.24

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to provide support to Tynemouth RNLI as their All-Weather Lifeboat was deployed to assist a broken-down boat which was located a few miles north of the Tyne Piers. Brigade members kept watch as the Lifeboat towed the vessel back to Royal Quays Marina, and then met the three crew once they were safely alongside, all of whom were wearing lifejackets and had all the required safety equipment onboard their boat. All rescue units were stood down around 13.30h.

055/20 - 24th July 11.55

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after the RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Cullercoats Bay raised concerns regarding a possible fuel spillage on the beach. Brigade members arrived on scene and investigated the spill, with photos passed back to the Coastguard control room for further analysis. The spill, which covered only a small area of the beach, was thought to be diesel and may have originated from a vehicle which had been used that morning to launch a boat. The Lifeguards confirmed that they would keep a watch over the spill and direct members of the public away from it. The Brigade was then stood down at 12.45h.

054/20 - 22nd July 12.35

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Tynemouth RNLI after a kayaker reported that he had fallen into the water from his kayak and was in need of assistance, with his location given as roughly 300 yards off the North Tyne Pier. The casualty was rescued from the water by RNLI Lifeguards, using their rescue boat which is located at Tynemouth Longsands. The man, who was in good health despite spending around 10 minutes in the sea, was then transferred to the Lifeboat from Tynemouth RNLI, which then returned him to dry land at Fish Quay Sands in North Shields.
Brigade members met with the man who confirmed that he required no further assistance – this was in part due to the fact that he had been wearing a wet suit and buoyancy aid, and had his mobile phone in a protective case which was attached to him – this meant that once in the sea, he was still able to quickly request help. Although these safety precautions proved very handy today, we would also recommend carrying a VHF radio as this is a more reliable means than a phone for calling the Coastguard for help.

053/20 - 20th July 20.18

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a boat with three people onboard reported that it had broken down and was taking on water while at a pontoon east of Willington Quay on the River Tyne. Brigade members arrived on scene but were unable to gain safe access to the boat due to its location. Tynemouth RNLI was then launched and was able to recover the three crew from the boat and return them to a safe place, before then towing the boat to the Quay where further repair work to the boat could occur. All rescue teams were stood down around 21.15h.

052/20 - 19th July 09.43

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI after two paddleboarders faced difficulties returning to Cullercoats Bay due to strong offshore winds. The pair were quickly rescued by the Lifeboat and brought back to the safety of the Bay.  

051/20 - 9th July 18.46

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported what they thought may be a surfer in difficulty off the north end of Tynemouth Longsands.
Brigade members made their way to the scene and were able to confirm that the ‘surfer’ was actually a lobster pot – the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent and all rescue units stood down at 19.00h.

050/20 - 5th July 17.57

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to support Tynemouth RNLI as they towed a broken down boat from just outside the Tyne Piers to Tynemouth Haven. Brigade members spoke with the man on the boat once he was back at the Haven and found that he had comparatively little understanding of the risks of going to sea or how to call for help in an emergency situation – we passed on what advice we could and hope notice is taken before any further use of the boat takes place.
South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade also attended this incident and were stood down once it became clear that the vessel had launched from the north side of the Tyne.

049/20 - 5th July 08.03

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI after a rigid inflatable boat with 1 person onboard broke down approximately two miles off the Tyne Piers. With strong offshore winds, locating the casualty vessel initially proved challenging and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team were on their way to assist from vantage points to the south of the Tyne when the Lifeboat confirmed that they had found the boat – which had been blown a further two miles away from the pier entrance.
Brigade members kept watch over the tow and then met the vessel at Royal Quays Marina and passed on safety advice – the man had called the Coastguard on a mobile phone and the importance of carrying a VHF radio and distress flares was reiterated to the owner of the boat.  

048/20 - 4th July 20.37

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public reported two people possibly in difficulty in the sea at King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke to the pair who confirmed that they were safe and well and did not require any help. Cullercoats RNLI were also tasked to this incident, with a request to be on station and ready to launch, but were then stood down once the Brigade confirmed that no assistance was required.  

047/20 - 4th July 18.32

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a report of possible ordnance washed ashore in the middle of Whitley Bay Beach. Brigade members assessed the item, and after sending images through to the Coastguard Operations Centre, were able to confirm that it is was an inspection plate that had been uncovered by shifting sands. The call was marked as a false alarm with good intent and the team stood down at 19.05h.

046/20 - 29th June 19.18

HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to its second incident of the day after concern was raised by a member of the public for two paddle boarders off King Edward’s Bay who appeared to be having difficulty returning to the shore due to the strong offshore wind. Brigade members arrived on scene and made contact with the pair who confirmed that they were OK and in need of no assistance. The rescue team was stood down at 19.30h and the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

045/20 - 29th June 13.57

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team & Cullercoats RNLI after a member of the public reported what they thought was a person in the water close to a boat just to the south of St. Mary’s Island.
A Brigade member was on scene within five minutes of the call and confirmed that the person was in fact that remnants of a shipwreck from many years ago, that have been the source of a number of calls over the years. Furthermore the boat was at anchor at a regular mooring point for vessels launched from the nearby Whitley Bay boat park. With the Lifeboat confirming that they could find no one in the water in need of assistance, and with no one reported as overdue or missing, the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent and all rescue units were stood down at 14.09h.
  

044/20 - 28th June 10.32

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI after a kayaker got into difficulty and spent up to an hour in the water off the sound end of Tynemouth Longsands. The casualty was brought ashore by the RNLI, with assistance from the lifeguards at Tynemouth Longsands in addition to the Lifeboat at Cullercoats. Once safely ashore at the beach, Brigade members spoke with the casualty, who confirmed that he required no further assistance but was very grateful for the help he had received. All rescue units were stood down at 10.45h.  

043/20 - 25th June 15.50

As team member retrieved equipment from a local hospital following the previous, incident, HM Coastguard again sent out a page after receiving a report of up to four people cut off by the tide to the north of Cullercoats Bay. Brigade members carried out a search of the area, and after initially not locating anyone in difficulty, were advised by the crew of Cullercoats RNLI that there were a number of people located at Marconi Point. Two team members then escorted up to six people from the point, which was about to be cut off by the tide to a place of safety. In addition to the Brigade and the Lifeboat, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance at this incident.

042/20 - 25th June 14.15

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team who were attending to an 8 year old girl who had suffered possible spinal injuries after falling from the sea wall on the promenade at Whitley Bay, near to the Rendezvous Café.
Team members arrived on scene and assisted Blyth with the care for the child until a crew from the North East Ambulance Service arrived. All rescue teams then worked together to carefully carry the casualty on a stretcher off the beach and to the ambulance so that she could be taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment. The brigade was stood down around 15.00h.

041/20 - 24th June 18.58

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a diver surfaced at Brown’s Bay experiencing breathing difficulties and was believed to have inhaled a large amount of seawater.
Wearing specialist PPE, Brigade members provided initial casualty care for the casualty until paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service arrived on scene. The Brigade’s stretcher was then used to carry the casualty out of the Bay and to an awaiting ambulance. All Rescue Units stood down at 19.45h.

040/20 - 21st June 04.30

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a report of a vehicle stuck in sand on a beach in Whitley Bay. There was concern for the occupants of the vehicle.
The Brigade located the vehicle at Cullercoats Bay but thankfully found that no persons were in danger. Team members then returned the vehicle from the beach to the road before standing down. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance.

039/20 - 13th June 15.46

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after concern was raised for the safety of two fishermen at the south end of Whitley Bay. As Brigade members arrived on scene they found that the pair were safely ashore and in no need of assistance. The call was marked as a false alarm with good intent and all rescue units were stood down. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this incident.  

038/20 - 7th June 17.16

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to reports of 5 people in difficulty at the seaward end of the North Tyne Pier, which was being inundated by the sea with large breaking waves due to the high tide.
Six Brigade members, wearing full water rescue PPE were deployed along the pier, and utilised the tunnel that runs from the middle of the pier to the seaward end to avoid the worst of the breaking waves.
As the Brigade members made their way through the tunnel, Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was on scene to provide safety cover and, in conjunction with a launch from Northumbria Police Marine Division, spoke to the casualties. On doing this it became apparent that there was in fact 6 males, all aged around their late teens, who were happily fishing from the pier end.  
Once Brigade members reached the group they agreed to be escorted off, with the tunnel again used to bring them all to safety. The incident was complete with the pier secured at 18.30h.
Officers from Northumbria Police then spoke at length to the group, and took their details pending further action as the pier was closed at the time and is the property of the Port of Tyne.
In addition to the Brigade, Tynemouth RNLI and Northumbria Police, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service and the North East Ambulance Service were all in attendance at this incident.

037/20 - 5th June 17.01

As a team member returned the rescue vehicle to its base after the previous incident, they were approached by a member of the public who raised concerns for the safety of 3 young men who climbed around the safety fence at the North Tyne Pier and then cycled towards the pier end. As this was shortly after high water the pier, which was closed to the public, was being inundated by the sea with large breaking waves. After a short discussion with HM Coastguard, the rest of the team was paged with a request to make contact with those on the pier and ask them to leave.
Four team members in full water rescue PPE made their way along the pier and initially persuaded a group of 7 to leave, who were fishing 100 metres from the entrance gate, before then completing the walk to the end and again successfully asking the 3 men on bikes to depart.
All persons were off the pier and the gates re-locked by 18.15h.

036/20 - 5th June 15.11

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after Northumbria Police received a report that a person may have been swept in to the sea, with the location thought to be Cullercoats Bay. Rescue teams were on scene within a matter of minutes, but could not locate anyone requiring assistance. Further information was then received from the first informant, who had been unable to stay at the scene, that the location was actually to the north, at Browns Bay. They explained that they had been driving past and noticed a young child taking photographs of the breaking waves, but had become concerned when they could no longer see the child. Despite returning to the area on foot, they had been unable to locate the person and feared they had been swept into the sea.
Rescue teams relocated to this area and spent around an hour searching the area, with assistance from a helicopter from the National Police Air Service. At 16.30h, with no one reported missing and no one located in the search area, the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent and all rescue units were stood down.

035/20 - 2nd June 09.26

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for the safety of what she thought may be a paddleboarder who appeared to be drifting and a long way from the shore at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands.
Brigade members arrived on scene and located the object via binoculars and, although they were fairly confident it was not a paddleboarder, could not make out for certain as to what it was. The RNLI Beach Lifeguards at Tynemouth were asked to assist and quickly launched their rescue boat – which was then able to confirm that the object was in fact a piece of driftwood. The call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent and the first informant was thanked for their vigilance.

034/20 - 1st June 17.54

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police received a call from a concerned member of the public who could see a jet ski with two people onboard who appeared to be harassing a large pod of dolphins off Whitley Bay beach. The report stated that the men were repeatedly crossing the paths of the dolphins and were in danger of seriously injuring a number of the mammals.
Brigade members met at Cullercoats Bay and located the ski and its owners as it was being loaded onto a trailer. Officers from Northumbria Police then arrived and spoke to the two men involved, with further information taken pending a more detailed investigation.
All rescue units were stood down at 18.40h

033/20 - 31st May 19.54

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI for the second time in three hours after the North East Ambulance Service received a report of a despondent male at Whitley Bay.
The first Brigade member on scene found that the casualty was now in the care of the Ambulance service and no further assistance was required.

032/20 - 31st May 16.54

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI after a fishing vessel with 3 people on board broke down off Whitley Bay. The Lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and then towed the boat back to Royal Quays Marina.
At the Marina, Brigade members spoke to the crew who explained that they owned all the safety equipment we would ask them to have – lifejackets, flares and a VHF radio – but had left the majority at home. They thanked the rescue crews for their assistance and said that they would be better prepared for future trips.
Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, who were on patrol in the local area at the time of the call, also assisted with this incident.

031/20 - 30th May 20.05

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to provide assistance to Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service after a report of a 15 year old who was collapsed at the south side of Cullercoats Bay – this was part of a wider Police response to reports of a large disturbance at the Bay.
Brigade members arrived on scene to find that the 15 year old was now in the care of the Ambulance service and the team was stood down.

030/20 - 29th May 19.09

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a member of the public on the beach at Tynemouth Longsands raised concerns for a family who they thought were cut off by the tide at Sharpness Point. Rescue units arrived on scene to find that the family in question had waded back to Longsands and were safe and well. After a quick search of the point confirmed no one required any further assistance, all units were stood down.

029/20 - 26th May 23.56

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with an incident at Cullercoats. 9 Brigade members attended this call, which concluded at 00.25h when the casualty was taken to a place of safety by the Police.

028/20 - 24th May 14.52

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Tynemouth RNLI after a report was received of a man cut off by the tide at Spanish Battery, Tynemouth. 15 Brigade members responded to the call - with the first team members on scene within 5 minutes – and quickly located the man who was stood around 40 metres from the shore with the sea surrounding him. Thankfully the lifeboat was also quickly on scene and was able to rescue the casualty before landing him at Tynemouth Haven.

The man explained to Brigade members that he had been sat on the rocks enjoying the sun and looking out towards the river mouth, and had not noticed the incoming tide cutting off a safe route back to land. The casualty was given guidance on how to learn more about local tides and what to do if does get into difficulty at the coastline again.
All rescue units were stood down by 15.10h.

027/20 - 22nd May 21.02

HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team as part of a multi-agency response also involving Northumberland & Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Services and Northumbria Police after a report was received of two men stuck near the top of a cliff around 100 metres north of Hartley Bay.
Once on scene Brigade members supported the Fire Service as they rescued both casualties using Rope Rescue techniques. This was completed very quickly with both casualties in a position of safety by 21.30h.

026/20 - 17th May 15.18

As team members carried out a coastal patrol they were tasked by HM Coastguard to Cullercoats Bay after a member of the public raised concern for a kayaker who was around a mile offshore and appeared to be making little progress. Once on scene members could see that the kayaker appeared to be in no immediate danger, but were unsure if he was having difficulties in making it back to shore and so, out of an abundance of caution, Cullercoats RNLI was requested by HM Coastguard to launch to check on the persons welfare.
The Lifeboat was quickly on scene and found that the kayaker was OK and fishing, with his actions being mistaken for paddling, thus the fact he had been mistaken for requiring assistance. The Lifeboat crew established a means for the Coastguard to contact the man in case any further calls were made, and then all rescue units were stood down.

025/20 - 14th May 20.52

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after they received a VHF radio message from the owner of a speedboat with three people onboard reporting that they had suffered engine failure and broken down around 200 metres upriver of the Redheugh Bridge on the River Tyne.
Due to the location of the incident, the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service were asked to assist and launched their Rescue Boat which quickly secured a tow line to the vessel. Brigade members then assisted the Fire Service in securing the boat at St Peters Marina.
The owner of the boat, who was very grateful for the assistance he had received, was requested to purchase additional lifejackets before making future trips as there was only one onboard, despite there being a crew of three.

024/20 - 13th May 20.44

As team members completed their weekly remote training session, HM Coastguard paged the team with a request to locate an inflatable dinghy that had been sighted making its way upriver near to walker. The member of the public who reported the dinghy had contacted Northumbria Police concerned for the welfare of the two people onboard, neither of whom were wearing lifejackets. Brigade members made their way upriver and were just arriving on scene when the Police confirmed that they had managed to speak to the two people on the dinghy as they passed the Ouseburn and then persuaded them to come ashore. Tynemouth RNLI was also tasked to this incident.

023/20 - 13th April 10.00

The Brigade deployed our Rescue Vehicle and one team member to carry out a patrol as part of HM Coastguard’s mutual aid support to Northumbria Police and the Local Resilience Forum. This was to provide a presence along the coastline to ensure members of the public were following the Government guidelines during the Coronavirus lockdown. The patrol took place between 10.00h and 15.00h with nothing specific to report.

022/20 - 12th April 18.04

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with an incident at Royal Quays Marina. As team members made their way towards the scene the Police confirmed that the casualty was now in a place of safety and all rescue assets were stood down.

021/20 - 12th April 13.06

The Brigade deployed our Rescue Vehicle and one team member to carry out a patrol as part of HM Coastguard’s mutual aid support to Northumbria Police and the Local Resilience Forum. This was to provide a presence along the coastline to ensure members of the public were following the Government guidelines during the Coronavirus lockdown. The patrol took place between 10.00h and 15.00h with nothing specific to report.

020/20 - 11th April 10.00

The Brigade deployed our Rescue Vehicle and one team member to carry out a patrol as part of HM Coastguard’s mutual aid support to Northumbria Police and the Local Resilience Forum. This was to provide a presence along the coastline to ensure members of the public were following the Government guidelines during the Coronavirus lockdown. The patrol took place between 10.00h and 17.30h with nothing specific to report.

019/20 - 10th April 10.00

The Brigade deployed our Rescue Vehicle and one team member to carry out a patrol as part of HM Coastguard’s mutual aid support to Northumbria Police and the Local Resilience Forum. This was to provide a presence along the coastline to ensure members of the public were following the Government guidelines during the Coronavirus lockdown. The patrol took place between 10.00h and 16.30h with nothing specific to report.

018/20 - 7th April 13.06

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to reports that two people may be in difficulty in the River Tyne near to Hebburn. In addition to the 11 Brigade members who responded to the call, the following organisations were also tasked to the incident: South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade, Tynemouth RNLI, Northumbria Police (including their Marine Unit), North East Ambulance Service (including their Hazardous Area Response Team) and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service.
One of the casualties was brought back to shore by the marine unit from the Police, with the other man believed to have left the area before emergency services arrived. With no one requiring any further assistance, all rescue units were stood down at 13.25h.

017/20 - 6th April 23.24

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with an incident in the Cullercoats area. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Police confirmed that the casualty was now safely in their care and all rescue units were stood down.

016/20 - 6th April 16.36

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public dialled 999 concerned for the safety of a swimmer they felt may be in difficulty and was quite a distance from the shore at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands.
A Brigade member who was passing the scene at the time of the call was able to quickly confirm that the swimmer had now made their way towards the shore. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance and the swimmer, who apologised for the inconvenience they had caused, said that they would try and stick closer to the shore during future swims.

015/20 - 4th April 11.42

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for the safety of a surfer at the south end of Whitley Bay. 11 Brigade members responded to the call and carried out a search of Whitley Bay beach – a number of surfers were identified but all appeared to be safe. With no further information received, the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent and the Brigade was stood down.
Officers from Northumbria Police, who were maintaining a heavy presence throughout the North Tyneside coastal area, also attended this incident and stated that they were would offer advice to the surfers once they came ashore.

014/20 - 10th March 17.54

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats & Tynemouth RNLI to assist with a medical emergency involving a resident on St. Mary’s Island. Cullercoats RNLI arrived on scene first and provided casualty care, and an ambulance was called. Shortly after arriving on scene a Brigade team wearing water rescue equipment made their way across the causeway, which was becoming more accessible by the minute due to the falling tide, with additional first aid equipment. At around 6.30pm the Brigade vehicle and an ambulance were able to drive across the causeway and after an initial assessment, the casualty and relatives were then taken to hospital by the ambulance for further treatment.

013/20 - 10th March 14.49

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public raised concerns for an object they could see a short distance offshore from King Edward’s Bay. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and confirmed that the object were markings for fishing pots. All rescue units were then stood down and the call was marked as a false alarm with good intent. 

012/20 - 8th March 20.55

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Tynemouth RNLI to assist Northumbria Police with locating a casualty in the Tynemouth area. As eleven Brigade members arrived on scene and were formulating a search plan, the Police confirmed that they had located the casualty inshore and, with no further assistance required, all coastal rescue units were stood down.

011/20 - 5th March 02.57

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with a casualty in difficulty on rocks near to Whitley Bay. As seven Brigade members made their way towards the scene the Police confirmed that the casualty was now in their care and no further assistance was required.

010/20 -1st March 20.27

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to provide support to Tynemouth RNLI who were making their way towards the Millennium Bridge on the River Tyne after a report was received that a person may be in the water. A member of the public on the bridge had contacted the emergency services after they saw an object float under the bridge – but they were unclear whether it was a person or a piece of driftwood.
After a detailed search of the river was completed, carried out by all the emergency services, nothing untoward was located and the search was scaled down at just after 21.00h with the call marked as a false alarm with good intent. 

009/20 - 1st March 02.31

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after Northumbria Police requested assistance in searching an area of Blyth Harbour where it was thought a person may have entered the water. As team members departed Tynemouth, it was confirmed that the person was in fact a crew member from a boat moored at the harbour, who was returning to his vessel and required no assistance. At this point all rescue resources were stood down.

008/20 - 26th February 15.29

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team after they received a report that a 19 year old male had fallen at Collywell Bay, and may now be in the water.
Brigade members arrived on scene to find that a casualty had fallen around 10 foot from the sea wall in the centre of the bay onto the rocks below. Another man, who had been walking with the casualty, had raised the alarm and managed to reach the casualty, but both had been soaked by waves from the incoming tide, and were at significant risk of being cut off from the land with high water still over an hour away.
Dressed in water rescue equipment, members from both rescue teams made their way to the pair, with the second male being immediately walked out of the bay. As the original casualty was complaining of nausea and an injury to one of his legs following his fall, he was quickly placed into a stretcher before being carried around 100 metres to a place of safety.
Both men were assessed by the North East Ambulance Service with the first casualty being taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment. An RNLI Lifeboat from Blyth and a Coastguard Rescue Helicopter were also tasked to this incident but were stood down once both men and all rescue members were out of the bay.

007/20 - 24th February 06.10

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team with a request to assist the North East Ambulance Service in locating an injured male at Tynemouth Longsands. The casualty had made telephone contact with the emergency services after suffering suspected leg and head injuries, but was unclear of his exact location.
As Brigade members arrived on scene the Ambulance Service confirmed that they had located the man and required no further assistance as he was in an easily accessible location.

006/20 -20th February 20.33

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend North Shields Fish Quay where a vessel had reported engine failure and was at risk of drifting into the channel of the River Tyne. As Brigade members made their way towards the Quay the vessel reported that it had successfully restarted its engines and, with no further assistance required, the Brigade was stood down.

005/20 - 7th February 09.05

HM Coastguard re-paged the Brigade as Tynemouth RNLI were preparing to re-launch and tow the grounded vessel at the Black Middens to safety. After a short wait for the tide to rise, the vessel was taken to North Shields Fish Quay. Brigade members met with the skipper of the boat and gathered details requested by the Coastguard. The incident was believed to have been caused by the vessel suffering gearbox failure as it approached the quay.
With no further assistance required and all persons safe, the Brigade was stood down at 11.00h.

004/20 -7th February 05.43

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to support Tynemouth RNLI who were assisting a vessel stuck on the Black Middens, upriver from the mouth of the Tyne. The fishing boat was found to be hard aground but, thankfully the crew were safe and there was not thought to be any water ingress on the boat. With no further action required at this time, the Brigade was stood down at 06.00h.

003/20 - 4th February 05.25

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to reports of a person in the water at Fish Quay Sands, North Shields. After approximately 20 minutes the gentleman was brought to safety by the RNLI and passed into the care of the North East Ambulance Service, with all rescue units then stood down.  

002/20 - 8th January 09.55

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade as part of a multi-agency response to reports of a person in the water in the River Tyne. Five team members responded to the call and assisted the other services with the incident, before standing down and returning to station at 11.30h.

001/20 - 3rd January 00.42

HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to assist Northumbria Police with the search for a missing person. 11 Brigade members carried out a search of the North Tyneside Coastline in conjunction with the Police and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service. At 02.00h, with the searches complete and no sign of the missing person, the Police decided to stand down all rescue units who were searching at the coast.

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