Initial Response Team Calls - 129 Backup Response Team Calls - 7
129/06 - 21st December 15.19h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a request for help from a dog owner whose dog was swimming out to sea off the north end of Tynemouth Longsands. The dog was beginning to get tired and having great difficulty in returning to the shore. As a Brigade member arrived on scene, the dog managed to make its way back to the shore unaided and so all other rescue resources were stood down
128/06 - 3rd December 11.45h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade to investigate a report of a windsurfer in difficulties in the mouth of the river Tyne. Team members attended oxford street car park, Tynemouth, and observed a small sailing boat being towed into South Shields Yacht club, and once it had arrived safely there, all members returned to station.
127/06 - 1st December 18.11h IRTHM Coastguard requested the Brigade to man the Freeman hospital landing site for the arrival of Rescue Helicopter 131, who was bringing in a casualty from Barrow on Furness. This was done successfully and the casualty was taken to hospital safely.
126/06 - 1st December 09.05h IRTAs the Brigade Chairman was out for some morning exercise on the North Tyne Pier, he noticed a person acting strangely at the end of the Pier. The person subsequently jumped from the pier, and so the Brigade Chairman ran to the pier watchman's office and raised the alarm, before returning to the pier. HM Coastguard fired the Brigade pagers, and team members along with, Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboat, Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, the River Tyne pilot cutter, a private fishing vessel, Police ground units and the Police Marine Unit Vessel, and Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer made their way to the scene. After a quick search, the casualty was located by Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat next to the South Tyne Pier and transferred to the All-Weather Lifeboat. The lifeboat crew began immediate CPR on the casualty and proceeded to the North Shields Ferry Landing where a request was made for Ambulance crews to meet them. At the Ferry landing the Brigade land rover arrived on scene and a Brigade Captain assisted the lifeboat crew in their emergency first aid, and used a defibulator in an attempt to revive the casualty. A North East Ambulance paramedic arrived on scene and along with the paramedic onboard Rescue Helicopter 131, assisted the lifeboat crew and Brigade captain in attempting to save the life of the man.
Sadly, despite the best efforts of the Brigade team, RNLI Lifeboat crew, paramedics and the crew of 131, the casualty did not survive. The Brigade offers its deepest sympathies to the relatives of the gentleman.
125/06 - 26th November 12.05h IRTPaged to attend reports of persons trapped on the Black Midden Rocks, however on investigation found to be fishermen in no danger and with the tide on the way out, a false alarm with good intent.
124/06 - 24th November 09.00h IRTA Brigade captain was contacted with a request to send a team to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site for the expected arrival of Royal Air Force Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer. The helicopter landed around midday, and brigade members secured the site and assisted in removing the casualty, a gentleman from the Fulmer Oil rig who had suffered a suspected heart attack, to an awaiting ambulance.
123/06 - 19th November 14.08h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade to assist Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat in recovering a broken down speed boat at the mouth of the River Tyne. The Lifeboat discovered that the vessel had been towed to safety at North Shields Fish Quay, and here the lifeboat took the tow on and brought the vessel into Royal Quays Marina. Here Brigade members met the vessel, gathered all necessary details and assisted the crew in returning to St. Peter's Marina.
122/06 - 9th November 23.00h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard in response to a report of a man in the water near the Tyne Bridge. As Brigade members made their way to the scene it was confirmed that the man had been recovered by the Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Boat and was on his way to hospital, and so the team stood down.
121/06 - 4th November 22.30h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard to attend a report of a man in the river near North Shields Fish Quay. As the Brigade chairman arrived on scene it was confirmed that the man was out of the water and in the hands of the Police. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat which was in the process of launching and other Brigade team members who were on route were then stood down and returned to station
120/06 - 1st November 00.40h IRTHM Coastguard paged the team and Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after a report from the Police that a person had jumped from the Tyne Brigade into the river. The person was recovered by Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Boat and placed into the hands of paramedics.
119/06 - 31st October 16.46h IRT + BRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist the Police and the North of Tyne fell rescue team in searching for an 80 year-old man missing from his car parked at North Tyneside Fish Quay and so the Backup Response Team was activiated to assist. He was later found at his home in New York. (The North Tyneside one!)
118/06 - 31st October 10.03h IRTA Brigade Captain was contacted by HM Coastguard with a request to send a team to investigate a 999 call reporting a yellow object in the water viewed from opposite the Brierdene pub, Whitley Bay. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and were able to confirm that it was the yellow ordinance buoy which lies roughly a mile off shore.
117/06 - 30th October 14.45h IRTThe team was requested to take details of a local fishing boat that had broken down and was being towed into Cullercoats Bay by the Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat.
116/06 - 28th October 17.56h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after two life jackets were spotted in the River Tyne near the Black Middens rocks. Brigade members recovered the lifejackets to prevent further interest in them and their serial numbers were taken, and along with photos of them taken by team members, these were passed onto HM Coastguard for further investigation.
115/06 - 28th October 15.58h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard to attend reports of a Jet Ski possibly broken down half a mile off Cullercoats Bay. Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched and on discovering that the Jet Ski was indeed broken down then towed the ski, which had two persons onboard, back to the Bay. Here it was met by Brigade members, and once all details had been gathered and all persons checked to be fit and well, the team was stood down and returned to station.
114/06 - 23rd October 08.30h IRTHM Coastguard paged the team to investigate the sighting of a red flare over the River Tyne near to Howdon. Brigade members carried out a search of the area but found no person or boat in difficulty, and classed the incident as a false alarm with good intent.
113/06 - 22nd October 10.10h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade alongside Tynemouth RNLI Inshore and All-Weather Lifeboats in response to a mobile phone call from the fishing vessel 'Alna' which had 6 persons on board. The vessel was approximately one mile north east of the Tyne Piers and had broken down and lost all electrical power making her radio useless and as a back up to her phone call, she also launched a red flare. Further to the loss of power she was also drifting in the strong winds towards the 9,000 tonne car carrier 'Palma' which was anchored close by. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and as 'Alna' had restarted her engines, escorted her towards her berth, before she broke down again and was then toward by the All Weather lifeboat to the Royal Quays Marina. Brigade members kept a watch over the vessel before meeting her at the Marina and gathering all required details.
112/06 - 21st October 17.20h IRTBrigade members were placed on stand by for a helicopter landing, however they were stood down as their services were no longer required.
111/06 - 21st October 14.30h IRT + BRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade, again to the South End of Longsands, where two Ukrainian nationals had been cut off by the tide at Sharpness Point. Due to the location of the casualty's, Cullercoats Lifeboat was unable to reach them and so a full Brigade Backup Response team was called out in preparation for a cliff rescue of the pair. However a Brigade member and a local surfer on scene were able to help the two wade ashore. Fire Brigade and Police units were also in attendance.
(Well done to Brigade Member Dan who overcame the fact that the Ukrainians spoke no English and was able to gather all their details and confirm that they were fit and well.)
110/06 - 21st October 11.30h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade alongside Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat to assist two swimmers who had got trapped in the tidal rip at the south end of Tynemouth Longsands. One of the pair was escorted out of the water by surfers while the other was taken on board by the Lifeboat and to safety.
109/06 - 19th October 23.50h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a report was received of a person shouting for help on the rocks opposite Whiskey Bends in Whitley Bay. Six Brigade members arrived on scene and initiated a search, using flares to illuminate the scene. With nothing found and after conversations with the Police, Police Helicopter India 99 was called in to do a search of the area. After it carried out a search, and with Brigade members still not locating anyone, the team was stood down shortly after 1am.
108/06 - 17th October 21.45h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a report was received of a male standing in a precarious position on the Tyne Bridge. Brigade members arrived on scene and stood by while Police negotiated with the Gentleman. After an hour the man was persuaded to come to the right side of the barriers and was taken into Police custody. At this point the 7 Brigade team members and Fire engines were stood down and returned to station.
107/06 - 10th October 00.58h IRTPaged along with the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat at Cullercoats to respond to a report that a person had entered the sea opposite the Rex Hotel, Whitley Bay. Upon arrival it was established the person had left the water and was talking to the Police. A quick sweep of the shoreline was carried out by the lifeboat, Brigade members and the Police Helicopter, which had arrived on scene, to ensure that no other persons were in the water, and with this done, all units were stood down.
106/06 - 9th October 19.32h IRTPaged to attend a report from the Police of a broken down speed boat near the Millennium Bridge, on the River Tyne. As Brigade members arrived on scene, it was confirmed that the vessel had been recovered by the Fire Brigade's Rescue Tender.
105/06 - 8th October 21.01h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a fisherman on the North Tyne Pier sighted a red flare somewhere near the mouth of the River Tyne. A complete search of the area was carried out by Brigade members who were able to confirm that the flare was fired from inland.
104/06 - 8th October 16.46h IRTWhile on a local area patrol, the Brigade was tasked to locate and keep watch over a catamaran that was reported as capsized inside the Tyne Piers. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched and assisted a crewmember in righting the yacht before following the vessel back to South Shields Sailing Club. Here it was met by Sunderland Coastguard Team who gathered all necessary details.
103/06 - 6th October 16.15h IRTAs a Brigade Captain was about to enter his home after the previous incident, he was informed that 131 had changed its mind again and was indeed going to land at the Richardson Road Landing Site and so a team was scrambled to the scene. Three Brigade members manned the area and assisted in the transfer of an old gentleman who had been winched off one of the North Sea ferry's for medical reasons.
102/06 - 6th October 15.54h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site for the arrival of Rescue Helicopter 131. However, as Brigade members arrived on station information was received that the helicopter was to divert to Wansbeck hospital and so the Brigade team returned to their homes.
101/06 - 4th October 11.20h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a report was received from the police of a man reported as acting strangely nearly the cliff edge at Browns Bay. On investigation it was found to be a man taking in the mid morning sun before having his fish and chips at a local chip shop, a false alarm with good intent.
100/06 - 17th September 21.19h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving two 999 calls, including one from a Brigade member, reporting a red flare in the sky somewhere near the River Tyne. Brigade members responded with a team in the Brigade vehicle carrying out a search from the Black Midden Rocks up to Royal Quays Marina, where one of the 999 calls had been taken from. At the same time, A Brigade captain used the old ships light which sits proudly in the Brigade watch house's South Tower to light up the mouth of the River Tyne and search for any possible vessel in the vicinity. After an hour, with further information gathered and no vessels reported missing, it was concluded that the flare was probably fired from inland in South Shields and the incident was a false alarm with good intent.
099/06 - 11th September 20.12h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat, while out on exercise, spotted and rescued an unconscious casualty from the River Tyne. He was taken to Royal Quays Marina and transferred to an ambulance in a conscious state. It later transpired that the man had been attempting to swim the River before getting into difficulty.
098/06 - 10th September 12.35h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of Blyth auxiliary coastguard reported that he had found what looked like unexploded ordnance on Blyth Beach. Brigade members put in place a 100 metre exclusion zone around the suspect objects and in conjunction with Blyth Coastguard team, kept watch on the area until Cattrick bomb disposal team arrived. The objects were examined and found to be Second World War practice shells and mortars, and they were removed for disposal by the bomb squad.
097/06 - 9th September 19.09h IRTHM Coastguard requested the Brigade to urgently attend the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing site where Rescue Helicopter 131 was bringing in an injured motor cyclist. The site was secured and assistance was given in transferring the casualty from the helicopter to an ambulance.
096/06 - 9th September 13.30h IRTPaged to investigate reports of the crew of a small boat bailing out water from their vessel close to the North Tyne Pier. On investigation, found to be a local fisherman dealing with his crab pots, a false alarm with good intent.
095/06 - 4th September 14.55h IRTPaged after HM Coastguard received a report from the police of a male in the River Tyne requiring assistance. As the brigade and Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat were proceeding it was confirmed that the man had been recovered and so all units were stood down.
094/06 - 3rd September 17.32h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving reports from the 'boogaloo', the same fishing vessel involved in incident 93, saying that she had, once again, broken down and lost power, just inside the North Tyne Pier. As with the previous incident, Tynemouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat launched and returned the vessel to the Royal Quays Marina. The Skipper of the vessel was requested to see that the problem with his vessel was fixed before setting to sea again, and also advised about correct safety gear, as his crew lacked suitable life jackets.
093/06 - 31st August 17.22h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving reports from the 'boogaloo', a 26ft fishing vessel, that she had broken down and lost power 1 mile north of the North Tyne Pier. Tynemouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat launched and took the vessel under tow to the Royal Quays Marina. A watch was kept by the Brigade of the tow and at the Marina, Brigade members met the vessel and took details of its crew, before returning to station.
092/06 - 31st August 12.20h IRTWhile on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard requested the Brigade to assist North Tyneside Council Lifeguards at Cullercoats Bay who were treating a 14 year old male who had sustained a one inch cut to his head after falling on the North Pier at the Bay. Brigade Members assisted the lifeguards in caring for the casualty before a paramedic arrived and took him to hospital for further attention. The remainder of the patrol was completed with no incidents to report.
091/06 - 29th August 15.30h IRTHM Coastguard contacted a brigade captain with a request to meet Rescue Helicopter 131 who was returning equipment and medical crew to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site. The site was secured and Brigade members assisted in the transfer of equipment and crew before returning to station.
090/06 - 26th August 17.58h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after two members of Sunderland VLB, carrying out training at Cullercoats Bay, noticed a group of young youth's tombstoning just to the north of Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat Station. Four Brigade members arrived on scene and issued the youths with suitable safety advice.
089/06 - 21st August 17.34h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request for Brigade Members to assist in the evacuation of a 9 year-old boy who had possible spinal injuries after falling from a fishing boat trailer at Cullercoats Bay. This was carried out, and with the boy on his way to hospital, Brigade members returned to station.
088/06 - 20th August 23.50h IRTHM Coastguard requested Brigade members to investigate a report of male entering the water at Cullercoats Bay. Once on scene, Brigade members established that there were no persons in difficulty and that the incident was a false alarm with good intent.
087/06 - 19th August 17.23h IRTPaged to investigate an incident of persons in trouble in the water at Browns Bay. Brigade members arrived on scene and established that there were indeed some young people playing in the water with wet suits on, but not in any danger. It was established that one of their number had tried to swim to adjacent rocks but had given up and returned safely to shore, a false alarm with good intent.
086/06 - 18th August 04.27h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat in response to a report of a woman in the water opposite the Rex Hotel, Whitley Bay. As rescue units made their way to the scene it was confirmed that two Police officers had recovered the lady and so all teams were stood down.
085/06 - 14th August 19.53h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist the Police and Fire service in the rescue of two 12 year olds reported to be in need of assistance at Willington Quay. As Brigade members arrived on scene it was confirmed that all persons were safe and accounted for.
084/06 - 13th August 15.19h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist North Tyneside Council Lifeguards who were observing a wind surfer who was struggling in the waves off Longsands beach, Tynemouth. Weather conditions had continued to worsen throughout the day and concern was mounting that the wind surfer may be washed onto the rocks at Sharpness Point. As Six Brigade members arrived on scene, two Council lifeguards assisted the surfer to shore where it was confirmed that he required no further assistance and so all rescue units returned to station.
083/06 - 13th August 01.43h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service in rescuing an injured male from opposite 42nd Street Bar, Whitley Bay. The young male, who had consumed a large amount of alcohol, was leaning off the wrong side of the railings and fell 10-15ft to an area of raised promenade below. He suffered possible spinal injuries and the Brigade assisted in lifting the casualty onto a spinal board and carrying him to a waiting ambulance. A Local Fire engine was also in attendance. The Gentleman can count himself somewhat fortunate, as had he fallen 5-foot north or south from where he did the fall would have been much greater and so his injuries could have been much worse.
082/06 - 12th August 11.02h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist North Tyneside Beach Lifeguards at King Edward's Bay, who had located a person's belongings close to their beach base. After a quick investigation it was discovered that the owner of the bag was safe and well, and had left them on the beach from the night before. With this information, the Brigade returned to station.
081/06 - 11th August 12.40h IRTWhile on a local area patrol, HM Coastguard requested the Brigade to meet Tynemouth all-weather Lifeboat at Royal Quays Marina who were towing in the 8 metre long catamaran 'Sandy Bottom'. The vessel, which was on passage to Norway with one crew on board, began to be overcome by the strong weather conditions 2 miles due east of Souter Lighthouse. Sunderland Lifeboat was launched and kept watch on the vessel until the Tynemouth boat arrived and towed her into the Tyne. Sunderland Coastguard team and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade kept watch over the vessel while she was off Souter.
080/06 - 9th August 16.46h IRT + BRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade in response to a report of a person washed off the causeway leading to St.Mary's Island. Along with the Brigade Backup Response Team, Two North Tyneside Council Lifeguard Personal Water Crafts and a rigid inflatable boat, Tynemouth all-weather Lifeboat, Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat, Blyth Inshore Lifeboat, Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat, a Police boat, Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Bolumer and Police Helicopter India 99 were involved with the search for the missing women. At 18.10hrs, a 47-year-old Female was spotted by Brigade members in the water 40 metres south of St.Mary's Causeway and was brought ashore by Council Lifeguards, RNLI Crew members and Two Brigade Members. She was transferred immediately to a waiting ambulance and a Brigade Captain performed CPR on her on the way to the hospital. Later on that night, despite the best efforts of all rescue and hospital staff involved, she was pronounced dead.
It later transpired that the women had been washed off the causeway while heading to St.Mary's Island with three friends to carry out a dive. Her fellow dives attempted to turn her air tanks on and tried to recover her to shore but were not successful and Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat rescued two of them from the sea. The Brigade expresses its sympathies to the friends and family of the deceased.
Photos of this rescue can found by clicking HERE.
079/06 - 31st July 17.46h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade in response to a major incident occurring in the River Tyne. Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat had located a male casualty near to the mouth of the Tyne requiring immediate assistance. He was transferred to Tynemouth All Weather Lifeboat where he received CPR and the Lifeboat proceeded to the North Shields Ferry Landing where an ambulance met the boat and took the casualty to North Tyneside General Hospital. The Brigade were asked to liase with the Lifeboat and Local Police officers as at the same time there was a report of a potentially suicidal male missing in the vicinity of Tynemouth Priory and it was unclear if the two incidents were related.
Sadly, despite the best efforts of the RNLI Crew, an off duty doctor who assisted them at the Ferry Landing, and the ambulance crews, the Male casualty was pronounced dead at around 18.15hrs. The Police later confirmed that the missing male was indeed the gentleman that had been located by the Lifeboat.
078/06 - 31st July 01.26h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade to attend the Tyne Brigade where a person was threatening to jump off. Upon arrival, 5 Brigade Members found that the Police had taken the person into custody.
077/06 - 30th July 13.08h IRTWhile on a local area patrol at Cullercoats Bay, the Brigade along with beach lifeguards were alerted to the plight of a 14 year old male who was kneeling in the centre of the beach and appearing to be in severe difficulty. The boy, who had been dangerously carried towards the sea by friends, but dropped on the sand before reaching the water line, complained of severe back pain and as such was treated for spinal injuries. A Lifeguard placed a neck collar on the casualty and two Brigade members carefully lifted him onto a spinal board. An Ambulance arrived on scene and evaluated the casualty and, after carrying out a number of examinations, confirmed that the casualty had suffered damage to his back muscles and at the boys request, he was not taken to hospital and released to go home.
076/06 - 29th July 20.51h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to attend the Swing Bridge area of Newcastle where it was reported two males, wearing only their socks, were in the River Tyne and in need of assistance. On arrival it was confirmed that Police officers had been able to rescue them from the river and take them into custody. With all persons accounted for, the Brigade returned to station.
075/06 - 29th July 17.36h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Longsands Lifeguards with the extraction from the Beach of an injured surfer. Four Brigade members attended and used a Brigade Captains vehicle to take him from the beach and to a waiting car which would take him to hospital.
(Well done to Captain Michael for his superb sand driving on this incident and managing not to get stuck- not that the many gizmo's and gadgets of his car and the fact that his vehicle doesn't weigh quite as much as the 2 tonne of the Brigade landrover had anything to do with this!)
074/06 - 29th July 14.40h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Cullercoats Bay Lifeguards requested assistance with a person fallen from the cliffs at the South side of Cullercoats Bay. The 19-year-old male, who had landed in a cave between Cullercoats and Longsands beach, had suspected spinal injuries and as a precaution a neck collar was placed on him and the Brigade gave him oxygen treatment. Ambulance, Police and Fire units all arrived on scene and assisted in the stabilisation of the casualty. In the meantime Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was requested and the Brigade landrover was dispatched to the Richardson Road landing site. The casualty, placed on a Brigade spinal board, was winched into 131, flown to the landing site and then taken to the Newcastle General Hospital for further treatment.
073/06 - 28th July 20.19h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a member of the public contacted them about a group of youths playing over the railings on the cliff in the centre of Cullercoats Bay, next to the signal beacon. A Brigade member spoke to the group of youths involved and issued them with suitable safety advice about why railings are placed around cliffs and the extreme dangers they exposed themselves to.
072/06 - 27th July 01.26h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade in response to reports of a man entering the water opposite the Deep night club, Whitley Bay. On scene the gentleman was found on the cork screw steps with Police and he explained that he had entered the water to wash blood off his clothing which was from a head wound he had received in a fight earlier in the evening. The gentleman was left in the care of the police and an ambulance crew and the brigade returned to station. Cullercoats ILB were also paged for this incident, but with the man out the water, were stood down before launching.
071/06 - 26th July 16.55h IRTAfter two 999 calls, HM Coastguard requested the Brigade, local beach lifeguards and Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat to investigate a longboarder who was thought to be in difficulties ½ a mile offshore at Tynemouth Longsands. The Lifeguards rescue boat was first to the scene and ascertained that the surfer was not in difficulty and so all other rescue resources were stood down.
070/06 - 20th July 00.00h IRTA member working at the Aberdeen Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre contacted a Brigade captain to inform him that Rescue Helicopter 131 was being scrambled to fly out into the North Sea to collect an injured worker from a North Sea Oil Rig with the intention of flying him to one of Newcastle's hospitals. The Brigade captain made contact with Humber Coastguard, who confirmed that, the Brigade would be needed at some point during the night and the captain contacted three brigade members and placed them on standby. The Brigade team left from the watchouse at 2.30am and secured the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site, with 131 landing at just after 3.15am. The gentleman, who had suspected heart problems, was transferred to a waiting ambulance and with this done the Brigade returned to station.
069/06 - 19th July 12.44h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site for the imminent arrival of RAF Rescue Helicopter 131. The helicopter, which brought in a male who had jumped from rocks into 2 ft of water at Marsden suffering spinal injuries, was landed safely and the casualty was transferred to a waiting ambulance.
068/06 - 18th July 20.40h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a dinghy in difficulties approximately 1/2 a mile from St.Mary's Island. Six Brigade members attended and after a quick search and after speaking to the first informant located a 14ft boat being brought ashore at Whitley Bay Boat Park. Cullercoats ILB, who were also tasked to this incident, were able to speak to the boat owners and confirm that they were indeed the vessel the first informant had seen and that they required no assistance. It later transpired that the vessel had got seaweed stuck around it's propeller and the crew had then had to row ashore.
067/06 - 17th July 17.48h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after receiving numerous reports of a dinghy potentially in difficulties a long distance offshore at Whitley Bay Beach. Four Brigade members arrived on scene and observed the dinghy as it made it's way ashore, and then issued the three teenage occupants with suitable safety advice.
066/06 - 16th July 17.20h IRTWhile on a coastal patrol, the brigade were flagged down by an ambulance and asked to assist them in recovering a male from King Edwards Beach. The man, who had been recovered from the water after getting into difficulties, was given first aid by the British Red Cross, before being carried to an ambulance and taken to Rake Lane Hospital.
065/06 - 15th July 10.50h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to man the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing site for the arrival of Rescue Helicopter 131 who was carrying an injured male from the Otterburn region. The man, who had fallen from a roof, was transferred to an ambulance and the brigade assisted in the transfer and recovering the helicopter's equipment from the hospital.
064/06 - 12th July 15.20h IRTWhile on a local area patrol in Cullercoats, the Brigade noticed a man sitting on the floor with a large amount of blood coming from his nose. The man had taken a nasty fall on Hudleston Street and sustained a deep cut to his nose. HM Coastguard was informed and an ambulance was requested. The man was cared for by brigade members before he was taken for further treatment by the ambulance.
063/06 - 11th July 07.10h IRTThe Brigade Chairman was contacted by HM Coastguard to investigate a large hole in the South end of Blyth Beach. It was found to be 5 metres across by 2.5 metres deep and had been hand dug the night before by a group of youths. The potential of a sand collapse and entrapment in such a deep hole is highly likely and therefore the youths have been traced and been made aware of the immediate dangers they were in.
A huge 'thank you' must be given to Brigade Captain Michael who brought his vehicle, a local Farmer and the world famous North Tyneside Beach Cleaner who both brought their tractors to assist the Brigade vehicle after it had been become temporarily inconvenienced (stuck) in the sand on Blyth Beach. Two and a half hours and a lot of hard work later the vehicle was returned to the safety of the road and this would not have been possible without the help of the tractor drivers.
062/06 - 9th July 19.40h IRTRequested via telephone to attend a report of persons stuck on the old sewer pipe opposite the High Point Hotel, Whitley Bay. Two Brigade Captains attended and confirmed it was fishermen who required no assistance, a false alarm with good intent.
061/06 - 8th July 17.54h IRTWhile on a local area patrol following on from Tynemouth Lifeboat Day, the Brigade were tasked to meet Tynemouth Lifeboat as they towed the 8.77m yacht 'Sula' into Royal Quays Marina. This was done and once all necessary details had been gathered and passed onto HM Coastguard, the Brigade returned to station.
060/06 - 3rd July 17.37h IRTAfter receiving a number of reports reporting a small dingy with two persons on board possibly lost in the fog off King Edwards Bay, Tynemouth, HM Coastguard paged the brigade to assist in the search. Along with Tynemouth Lifeboat, Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat, the y-boat off Tynemouth Lifeboat and a Police boat, a search of the area was commenced and it was established that two male youths and a female had been seen heading into the fog from King Edwards Bay in a yellow and blue dingy and had not been seen since. After a quick search the persons were found safe and well and all units were stood down.
059/06 - 1st July 16.09h IRTDuring incident 58, HM Coastguard informed the Brigade of a kite surfer being blown offshore at Tynemouth Longsands. As the patrol team was busy with the first incident, the pagers were fired and brigade members gathered details of the kite surfer who was able to make his way ashore.
058/06 - 1st July 15.50h IRTWhile on a local area patrol, the brigade overheard a Cullercoats Bay Lifeguard report a male staggering ashore on the south end of their beach and requiring immediate assistance. The brigade patrol team attended and two brigade members along with a lifeguard cared for the casualty who had suffered suspected spinal injuries. Meanwhile, two other brigade members readied the brigade equipment to be used in the casualty's extraction and communicated with HM Coastguard to arrange an ambulance to attend the incident. At 16.20 the casualty was placed onto a Brigade spinal board and transported to Hospital. It later transpired that the man, who had consumed a large amount of alcohol, had jumped from the South pier at Cullercoats Bay and sustained serious internal and possible spinal injuries on impact with the ground. While Pier Jumping is an enjoyable sport for many people in Cullercoats Bay, this incident highlights the extreme dangers it poses especially, as demonstrated in this case, when it is done at low tide and alcoholic substances have been consumed.
(A quick mention to Captain Michael - who showed during this incident that, when in the vehicle, no stone wall or sea defence is strong enough to stop him reaching the scene of an incident when a member of the public is in peril!)
057/06 - 25th June xx.xxh IRTThe Brigade was contacted by HM Coastguard to assist in helping remove a casualty from the end of the North Tyne Pier. An Ambulance drove the length of the pier to retrieve the casualty who was taken to North Tyneside General Hospital.
056/06 - 21st June 21.50h IRTAs Brigade members prepared to leave the watch house after a training night, HM Coastguard radioed the team with a request to investigate a sighting of a dog in the water 100 metres off shore at St. Mary's Island. The team arrived on scene and after detailed examination of the object were able to confirm that it was the wreckage of a tug wrecked on the rocks many years before. The first informant was thanked for his vigilance and the incident was classed as a False alarm with good intent. Cullercoats Lifeboat, who had been placed on stand by to launch, were also stood down.
055/06 - 19th June 20.26h IRTHM Coastguard received a 999 call reporting two surfers potentially in difficulty off the north end of Browns Bay. The Brigade arrived on scene and requested Tynemouth All Weather Lifeboat, who were on excerise in the local area, to investigate and once on scene they were able to confirm that the sighting was in fact two fishermen in a very rubber dinghy who required no assistance.
054/06 - 18th June 16.00h IRTLater on in the patrol the team were tasked to locate and observe a broken down personal water craft off Browns Bay which had been the source of a number of concerned 999 calls. The Brigade, along with the Police Marine Unit Land rover, located the vessel and kept watch while Cullercoats Lifeguards rescue boat towed the vessel back into the Bay. Here Brigade members met it and it was established that the machine had run out of oil. Details were taken and passed onto HM Coastguard.
053/06 - 18th June 14.35h IRTWhile on a coastal patrol overlooking the River Tyne, the team noticed a yacht struggling to right itself after turning on its side while taking part in sailing club activities. The yacht, named 'Old Snapper' and which was 15ft in length with 3 persons on board, spent over 20 minutes on its side before a passing motor vessel was able to help it successfully right itself and creep into port. HM Coastguard was kept fully informed throughout the duration of this incident.
052/06 - 17th June 14.48h IRTAs Brigade members were making their way to the first callout, a request was received to attend Browns Bay where a report had come in of another boat aground on rocks. Two Brigade members attended the scene and were able to confirm that the boat was infact fishing and in need of no assistance.
051/06 - 17th June 14.45h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a report was received of a vessel run aground just to the west of the Black Midden rocks. Tynemouth All Weather Lifeboat launched and used their boarding boat to safely guide the vessel off the rocks and to safety. As the vessel had also suffered mechanical failure it was towed by the lifeboat up river before the tow was taken over by another vessel.
050/06 - 17th June 10.08h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after receiving a report from Whitley Bay Lifeguards of a woman on their beach showing signs of severe hypothermia. Five Brigade members arrived on scene, and along with the lifeguards, looked after the casualty in the lifeguard beach base until a paramedic arrived and took her to hospital for further treatment.
049/06 - 15th June 18.17h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after receiving numerous 999 calls reporting four young girls in severe difficulty in the sea off 42nd Street Bar, Whitley Bay. The Brigade, Blyth Coastguard who were on patrol in the area, Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat and police units were all alerted to their plight and responded to the emergency. The Lifeboat, who launched within 3 minutes of the page and were with the casualties 3 minutes later collected all four girls and 1 member of the public who had gone to their aid. Two other males had also entered the water and along with the other gentleman they used life rings to keep the girls afloat until the lifeboat arrived. The four girls and one male were taken back to the lifeboat station as they were all suffering from different stages of hypothermia. The four girls were all taken to hospital for further treatment while the man was dealt with at the lifeboat station before going home. The two other men who entered the water made their own way home from the scene. Without the quick and brave response from the three gentlemen in keeping the girls afloat and the quick response of all emergency services, this incident could have ended in tragedy.
048/06 - 15th June 14.30h IRTA Brigade Captain was contacted by the North Tyneside Beach lifeguards to help transport an injured German tourist off Tynemouth longsands beach and into a waiting ambulance. The Brigade member used our vehicle to drive the man, who has sustained a suspected fractured ankle, off the beach.
047/06 - 15th June 06.20h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade to attend the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer was inbound with a casualty. The helicopter had winched the seriously ill lady off a North Sea ferry and the Brigade secured the site and assisted in transferring her into a waiting ambulance.
046/06 - 13th June 13.30h IRTWhile playing snooker at the watch house, Brigade members overheard King Edwards Lifeguards requesting assistance with a male casualty. Brigade members went to the bay and cared for the man, who had dislocated his shoulder while jumping into the sea, until an ambulance arrived on scene and took him to hospital.
045/06 - 10th June 15.55h IRTWhile out on a coastal patrol following on from the Open day at Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat Station, the team were tasked to assist King Edwards Lifeguards with an unconscious casualty. The 14 year old male had drank roughly 2 litres of wine and he was stabilised until an ambulance arrived on scene and dealt with him.
044/06 - 6th June 18.40h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a request from the Fire Brigade for assistance in locating a man who had been seen heading towards the south end of Cullercoats Bay and may have fallen off the cliffs. After arriving on scene and speaking to a number of people on Cullercoats Beach it was confirmed that the man had indeed fallen some 15 foot into the Bay and sustained some injuries. However, as he was being harassed by a number of youths the gentleman continued on his way up the North ramp of Cullercoats and into the village. With the gentleman no longer in the area the incident was left in the hands of the police. Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat, an ambulance, fire brigade units and the police were all in attendance at this incident.
043/06 - 3rd June 16.07h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a vessel became stranded on rocks near Crab Hill, Cullercoats. Tynemouth ALB launched and took over the tow of Gem II from Cullercoats ILB and took the vessel to Royal Quays marina where it was lifted out of the river. The vessel had suffered severe damage to its keel after its encounter with the rocks and had it not been for the salvage pump onboard the lifeboat, would have sank. Brigade members kept watch over the tow and met the vessel once it arrived at the marina.
042/06 - 2nd June 18.55h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a small red dinghy being blown out to sea off the north end of Tynemouth Longsands. Five Brigade members arrived on scene and after confirming that the dinghy was empty, carried out a search of the local area to ensure that nobody was missing and that nobody was going to attempt to recover the dinghy, which was now over a mile off shore. After finding nobody missing and with nobody coming forward to claim ownership of the dinghy Brigade members informed HM Coastguard and returned to station.
041/06 - 2nd June 16.25h IRTAs another Brigade member made his way to Browns Bay in response to the initial callout he noticed two people stuck on the Bears back rock, to the south of Cullercoats. After informing the coastguard, he kept watch and reassured the trapped people as Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat launched and recovered the couple. Newbiggin Coastguard, who was passing through the area, also assisted with this incident. At the request of HM Coastguard, a foot patrol was carried out by a Brigade member from Cullercoats Bay to King Edward's Bay to issue safety advice and provide immediate response to any further incidents that may have developed with a large number of people on the local beaches enjoying the summer sunshine. This was carried out for roughly an hour with no incidents to report.
040/06 - 2nd June 16.17h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a taxi driver reported seeing a number of people cut off by the tide in the Browns Bay area. One Brigade member arrived on scene and upon investigation found that two 14 year old girls had become cut off by the tide and were helped to safety by a number of young men who were sunbathing in the local area. With everyone safe and well, and all necessary details taken, the brigade member returned to station.
039/06 - 1st June 18.00h IRTWhile returning from a Coastal Patrol, a member of the public approached the Brigade and advised him that he had just located a man's coat, a set of keys and some other belongings at the set of stairs next to the gate at the entrance to the North Tyne Pier. The member of the public had left the items at the Pier Watchman's office and the brigade, after inspecting the items, requested police attendance. At 21.15hrs two police officers arrived on scene and after confirming that the owner of the items was safe and well, took the items with the intention of returning them to the owner. At this point the brigade was stood down and returned to station.
038/06 - 29th May 17.07h IRTWhile preparing for a local area patrol, HM Coastguard paged the brigade after receiving a report from the police of a fisherman falling into the River Tyne at North Shields Fish Quay. It was understood that the man had consumed alcohol and was in serious danger. As the Brigade vehicle and Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene it was confirmed that the police had rescued the man and taken him into care. The patrol was continued for 2 hours with no further incidents to report.
037/06 - 28th May 18.00h IRTWhile on a local area patrol Brigade members became aware of a large number of Police units in attendance at the south end of Cullercoats Bay. On investigation it was found that a fisherman had fallen off the south pier and spent 10 minutes in the sea before being recovered. Brigade members assisted police officers in caring for the casualty until an ambulance was on scene and a full assessment of the mans health could be carried out. With the ambulance on scene and all necessary details gathered, the brigade continued on its patrol. HM Coastguard was kept fully informed of the situation for the duration of this callout.
036/06 - 28th May 08.30h IRT + BRTPaged by HM Coastguard to assist in the search for a mother and her 3 year-old child whose clothes had been located near Cullercoats Lifeboat station and concern was growing for their safety. The Brigade Backup Response Team was called and along with Cullercoats and Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboats a search of the local area was commenced. At just after 9.30am it was confirmed that both mother and child had been found safe and well and all units were stood down.
035/06 - 27th May 17.25h IRTHM Coastguard rang a Brigade Captain with a request for him to collect a suspected EPIRB buoy from a local fisherman. The Captain collected the object, which was infact a man overboard smoke float, and made it safe.
034/06 - 27th May 00.02h IRT + BRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade just after midnight to attend the Tyne Bridge where it had been reported a person had been seen falling off into the River. Along with the Fire Brigade, Tynemouth Inshore Rescue Boat, police units and the full brigade Backup Response Team, a search of both sides of the river was commenced. The search was terminated at 2am with out anyone being found.
033/06 - 22nd May 07.00h IRTHM Coastguard requested that a Brigade member meet Tynemouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat to obtain details from a fisherman they had rescued from a 42-metre fishing vessel. The crewman had been injured onboard a vessel 120 miles south south east of the River Tyne at just before midnight the previous day and due to electrical storms predicted in the area no rescue helicopter was available and so as the lifeboat was launched. The two vessels met 75 miles off the Tyne Piers and the crewmember, who had suffered facial injuries, was collected and then brought to shore to receive medical attention. The 150-mile rescue, lasting well over 6 hours, was one of the longest in Tynemouth Lifeboat's recent history.
032/06 - 19th May 12.45h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving a 999 call reporting a woman in difficulties in the sea off St. George's Church between Tynemouth and Cullercoats. Cullercoats ILB launched and quickly recovered the casualty who was taken to hospital.
031/06 - 16th May 21.30h IRT + BRTHM Coastguard requested that the Brigade carry out a full search along the coastline from Tynemouth Priory to Cullercoats Bay to assist the Police in locating a 85 year old man. The Backup Response Team was called out and 17 Brigade members searched for 45 minutes before the gentleman was located in the Tynemouth Road area of North Shields.
030/06 - 17th April 12.45h IRTWhile on a coastal patrol, HM Coastguard requested the brigade to proceed to the Royal Quays marina to investigate the fate of a seaman after a broken radio message had been received reporting a man over board from a vessel off the River Tyne. After a number of radio messages and phone calls, and with help from Port of Tyne and the control desk at Royal Quays Marina, it was confirmed that the man had been recovered and required no immediate first aid attention. After docking at the Marina, Brigade members spoke to the persons on board the vessel, a 20 foot sailing yacht named 'Wild Reiver', and found out that while travelling at a speed of 20 knots, they had been involved in a collision with another yacht approximately 2 miles off the Tyne Piers. The 'Wild Reiver' took the brunt of the blow and sustained damage to the front of the vessel and the skipper had fallen overboard. After spending 10 minutes in the sea, he was recovered by the 'Wild Reiver' who then limped to port.
During the whole of the incident, the other crew members had attempted to call for help, but using only a 2-watt plastic radio which a Brigade Captain described as 'the worst radio I have ever seen' - had been unable to broadcast a detailed and complete emergency message. The man who fell over board was fully briefed by the brigade members on the dangers of secondary drowning and was taken home to be monitored by friends. The incident highlighted the need for all vessels to carry a fully tested and operationally sound radio, especially as the 'Wild Reiver' and her crew were equipped with all other necessary safety equipment, but a poor quality radio nearly led to a very serious incident. Rescue Helicopter 131 had also been tasked to this incident but was stood down while on route once it was confirmed all persons were safe.
029/06 - 16th April 13.05h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a report was received of a boat broken down off Tynemouth. As brigade members made their way to the scene it was confirmed that Cullercoats RNLI had dealt with the incident and the brigade stood down.
028/06 - 16th April 08.30h IRTHM Coastguard contacted a brigade member who is also a member of the BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue) after reports were received of a dolphin stuck on the south end of Whitley Bay Beach. The Brigade land rover was sent to the scene along with Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat to evaluate the dolphin and decide if it could be released back into the sea. Once on scene it was apparent that it was in a serious condition and members of the public who were keeping it cool with water explained that they had attempted to re-float it 3 times already but the dolphin continued to swim back to shore. A member of the BDMLR team arrived on scene and after he carried out a detailed assessment, a vet was requested. While the vet made her way to the scene, members of the brigade, along with members of the public and the BDMLR put a cordon around the dolphin to keep it safe, erected a wind barrier to protect it from the elements, and fetched many buckets of water to pour over the dolphin. During this time it was confirmed that the animal was a female and as it was Easter Day, it was named Easter. The vet and a member of the R.S.P.C.A arrived on scene at 11am and after a detailed examination the decision was made that the dolphin would have to be put down. Brigade members assisted the vet in this process with care being taken at all times to ensure that Easter, who was extremely underweight and suffering from a number of injuries, suffered as little as possible. The body of the dolphin was taken away by the R.S.P.C.A, and with this complete, at just after 12 noon, brigade members returned to station.
027/06 - 14th April 16.45h IRTHM Coastguard received numerous 999 calls reporting children stuck on the rocks on the south side of King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth. With the Brigade land rover still at the Helicopter landing site, the brigade pagers were set off for the third time in a day and two brigade members proceeded to the scene. The lads were eventually led to safely by the brigade members and police officers and issued with suitable safety advice. With this complete the brigade members returned to station, as did the land rover once 131 had taken off bound for its base.
026/06 - 14th April 15.35h IRTThe Brigade land rover, which had been sent to the cliff rescue, was immediately re-directed once it reached St.Mary's Island, to attend the Richardson Road helicopter landing site in preparation for the arrival of Rescue helicopter 131 who were bringing in a woman with a possible broken leg from Haltwhistle. 131 landed safely and the casualty was taken to hospital via ambulance and the brigade land rover followed to the hospital to collect rescue kit and the 131 winchman. While they were away, the next callout occurred.
025/06 - 14th April 15.15h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a report was received of a child stuck on the clay cliffs at the northern end of Whitley Bay by the golf course. A Brigade member arrived on scene and attached a rope to himself and scrambled down the slope to the boy and attached the boy to the rope. Members of the public and another brigade member guided the pair to the top of the cliff.
024/06 - 14th April 12.15h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a report was received of a dog and its owner in difficulties opposite St.George's Church at the North end of Tynemouth Longsands. Two Brigade members arrived on scene and found that while the owner had returned to shore, the dog remained roughly a quarter of a mile off shore. Cullercoats ILB arrived on scene and persuaded the dog to return to shore and be reunited with its owner. After checking that the owner and dog were in good health, a brigade member took them both back home as the owner has also lost his car keys!! With the incident complete, Cullercoats ILB and the other brigade member returned to station.
023/06 - 13th April 14.25h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a report was received of a dog stuck on the black middens, Tynemouth. One Brigade captain, two section leaders and three brigade members arrived on scene and located the dog which was actually stuck on the cliffs at Spanish Battery. A Cliff rescue was set up and the Brigade captain was lowered toward the dog ready with a bag to place the dog in to bring it safely up the cliff. However, as he approached the dog it suddenly ran up the cliff to safety where its owner met it. At this point the brigade captain was brought back up the cliff and the team returned to station.
022/06 - 12th April 15.20h IRTWhile on a local area patrol, the brigade was tasked to proceed immediately to the south end of Tynemouth beach where it was reported a Male was acting in a suspicious manner on the rocks close to the old swimming pool. After speaking to the first informant the brigade members carried out a search of sharpness point and located a man who fitted the description of the casualty. After talking to the man it was confirmed that he required no assistance and he left the area. After passing all details onto Humber Coastguard, the brigade continued on their patrol with no further incidents to report.
021/06 - 11th April 16.30h IRTPaged by HM Coastguard after a report from the police of children in difficulties in the 'south cliff' area of Whitley Bay. Two brigade captains and a brigade member carried out a search of the south area of Whitley Bay but were unable to locate any persons in difficulties. After further communications it was confirmed that the Police had dealt with the incident and both themselves and the boys involved had left the area and so the Brigade was stood down.
020/06 - 4th April 16.43h IRTThe Brigade was paged to attend reports of a man "fallen from the cliffs on the priory next to the old coastguard station". A Brigade captain arrived on scene and went to the priory to investigate but found that infact the person had fallen on the south side of the Spanish battery, Tynemouth. The casualty was a 71-year-old male who had sustained severe head injuries from either slipping on the rocks or falling from the cliff top. The Brigade captain and another brigade member along with Police officers gave first aid to the casualty which included giving him Oxygen and immobilising him while awaiting the arrival of paramedic's.
Another brigadesman ran communications from the cliff top and requested Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer to airlift the casualty to safety. At this point another Brigade Captain and a Brigadeswoman travelled to the Richardson Road Helicopter landing site and secured the area awaiting the arrival of 131. Meanwhile, at the scene the casualty was stabilised and prepared for evacuation by brigade members, paramedics and a member of the Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat who had been tasked to assist. Rescue 131 arrived on scene and took the casualty to the landing site where he was then transported to Newcastle General Hospital.
019/06 - 2nd April 12.37h IRTThe Brigade was called out to investigate reports of a broken down boat opposite south shields ferry landing, however it turned out to be a false alarm with good intent. Cullercoats and Tynemouth RNLI were also involved in this incident.
018/06 - 27th March 07.30h IRTThe rescue team were contacted by Humber Coastguard and asked to keep watch on a vessel being towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI. Once safe in the river, details were taken for Coastguard.
017/06 - 21st March 08.27h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade after a request for help from local police officers in identifying an object located by a member of the public on the south end of Whitley Bay beach. One member of the TVLB arrived on scene and quickly decided that it was best not to touch the object, and after discussions with a Brigade captain and HM Coastguard, it was decided to request military assistance. While this took place, the brigade captain and another brigade member arrived on scene and secured the area, putting in place a 20 metre perimeter around the object and effectively closed off the south end of Whitley Bay Beach. For the next 5 hours the perimeter was guarded by the Brigade and 3 local traffic officers who went above and beyond the call of duty in ensuring that no walkers, or dogs, were able to get near the object. At 2pm, Navy bomb disposal officers from Glasgow arrived on scene and confirmed that the object was a phosphorus based signal flare and had the ability to be extremely deadly if used incorrectly. The bomb disposal team moved the object to the north end of Whitley Bay beach and, while Brigade members kept members of the public safely back, at 2.55pm the object was successfully destroyed by controlled explosion. With this complete the beach was re-opened to members of the public and the brigade returned to station. (A big thank you to Brian who provided the lads with sandwiches and hot drinks while they waited for the bomb disposal team to arrive!!)
016/06 - 3rd March 11.00h IRTPaged to investigate a report of a suspicious object washed up on Seaten Sluice beach. The caller suspected it may have been an explosive device, but on investigation by a member of the TVLB, it was confirmed as a discarded oil drum. The object was taken from the shore and disposed of in a more responsible manner
015/06 - 19th February 14.30h IRTHM Coastguard paged the Brigade after a report of a man lying face down in the water at Whitley Bay Beach. Knowing that the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards would be training on the beach, a Brigade captain phoned them and asked them to assist. Information was reported back confirming that paramedics had already dealt with the situation.
014/06 - 18th February 13.10h IRTWhile on a coastal patrol, the brigade was sent to the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing site in preparation for the arrival of Rescue Helicopter 131 who was bringing in an injured man. Further team members were collected and the site was manned and secured.
013/06 - 14th February 20.30h IRTThe Brigade was requested to investigate a report of a man stranded on the black midden rocks at the entrance to the river Tyne. Upon arrival it was found that it was a fisherman who, although not in danger, was causing concern as a number of 999 calls have been received. The Tynemouth Inshore Lifeboat was launched and proceeded down river where the crew had a word with the gentleman.
012/06 - 11th February 21.30h IRTThe Brigade was tasked to investigate a sighting of a red flare over the mouth of the river Tyne. After a search, with nothing found, the team was stood down.
011/06 - 10th February 00.00h IRTThe Brigade was again requested to man the Richardson Road landing site for Rescue Helicopter 131 who were bringing a person with chemical injuries to his eyes again from a North Sea Oil Rig.
010/06 - 9th February 12.30h IRTThe Brigade was asked and attended the Richardson Road landing site where Rescue Helicopter 131 was landing an ill person brought off a North Sea Oil Rig.
009/06 - 9th February 08.00h IRTA Local resident contacted HM Coastguard, who in tern contacted the Brigade, about a small boat over turned in the sea on the south side of Cullercoats Bay. The vessel was found to be a local fisherman's small 'put me in' or tender which had broken off its moorings due to the large sea's running in the harbour. The fisherman was aware of the situation and was assisted in recovering it.
008/06 - 2nd February 15.30h IRTWhile returning from the previous incident the brigade were radioed by HM Coastguard and asked to investigate a report of a sunken boat at the Scotswood road end of the river Tyne. Having located the boat and guided the Police launch to the scene it was confirmed that the boat had been there for a while and was made safe and left in the hands of the Police.
007/06 - 2nd February 14.30h IRTThe Brigade was paged by HM Coastguard to attend the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site and were given 30 minutes to prepare the site. On route to the landing site, the Brigade vehicle was informed that Rescue 131 was ahead of schedule and about to land and so the Brigade were stood down.
006/06 - 28th January 13.06h IRTHM Coastguard paged the brigade to investigate a report of a kayak potentially in difficulty off Whitley Bay Beach. Two Brigade captains attended the scene and after observing the kayak were able to conclude that it was in no difficulty and so they returned to station.
005/06 - 26th January 15.28h IRTWhile out on local area patrol, the brigade were paged and tasked to attend a report of a swimmer potentially in difficulty in King Edward's Bay. The Brigade vehicle and a Brigade captain made their way to the scene where they found a group of students sheltering around a fire and one rather cold member of their group who was recovering after going for a quick swim. After ensuring that the person was fit and well the Brigade gathered all the required details and then continued on their patrol.
004/06 - 22nd January 13.05h IRTWhile patrolling the Tynemouth area, HM Coastguard requested that the brigade proceed to the South End of Whitley Bay Beach where it was reported a seal had been washed ashore. Once arriving on scene the brigade contacted a team member who is also a member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue and a trained Medic. After establishing that the pup, roughly 2/3 months old, required further attention, the medic contacted a local women who then came and collected the seal and will look after it until it is able to be returned to the sea.
003/06 - 22nd January 11.05h IRTWhile washing the TVLB land rover and preparing for a patrol, the Brigade overheard Blyth Lifeboat reporting that a group of youths were acting in a dangerous and irresponsible way on the North side of St.Mary's Lighthouse. The Brigade offered their services to HM Coastguard and were dually sent to the scene complete with soap marks on the side of the vehicle. Once at St.Mary's and after a brief search, the brigade located 4 adults who were swimming in and around the lighthouse. The Brigade advised them of the potential dangers of swimming in and around the lighthouse and then returned to station to finish washing the land rover.
002/06 - 19th January 16.00h IRT + BRTThe brigade were requested to attend the Bournemouth Gardens Area of Whitley Bay after the Police reported that a person had dialled 999 and said that they were about to commit suicide. The full Backup Response Team was called out and carried out a detailed search of the area. Rescue 131 from RAF Boulmer carried out a search of the beach area while Cullercoats Inshore Lifeboat carried out a search along the shoreline. The Brigade, joined by a member of the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards, searched the area from the Rex Hotel to St. Mary's Island. With nothing found after 2 hours, all units were stood down.
001/06 - 14th January 16.00h IRTThe Brigade were called to attend the North end of the Tynemouth longsands when it was reported that a surfer was in trouble off the Bears Back. Five brigades men were present but it was found to be a false alarm with good intent.
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