Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat in search for swimmer

29 January 2012: The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 02:00hrs by Humber Coastguard after they received a report that a man in his early twenties who had been drinking heavily at a local yacht club had announced his intention to swim across the river Tyne, and had then gone off.

The inshore lifeboat commenced a search from Tynemouth Haven towards South Shields but as the search progressed other lifeboat crewmembers at the lifeboat station saw a man clamber over rocks underneath the lifeboat station jetty and on to the station gangway. The crewmembers helped him into the station, ensured he wasn't injured and kept him warm until police arrived to take him into custody.  He had seemingly managed to climb over rocks all the way from the Haven, a distance of around a mile, in dark and freezing conditions.

It was confirmed that the casualty was the missing man and the lifeboat search was called off.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble

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