Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat searching with RAF Sea King helicopter 'Rescue 131'
Photo by James Petherick

BOTH the Tynemouth RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats were requested to launch by Humber Coastguard at 17:30 after they had been informed by police of a person being witnessed falling from rocks into the sea near Trow Point, South Shields.

As the lifeboats arrived on scene, Police helicopter India 99 was already searching, and members of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team were searching from land and getting information from the sole informant who had witnessed the incident occurring.  An RAF Sea King rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer was also tasked to the search.

As Police officers questioned the informant the lifeboats conducted a thorough search of the area, while the RAF helicopter made several sweeps using their FLIR – Forward Looking Infra-Red camera – which could detect anyone in the sea.  

As the search progressed it transpired that although the informant was convinced he had seen someone fall in the water, there was no possibility of anyone having done so. The incident was treated as a false alarm and the search called off at 18:30, and all units stood down.  The lifeboats then returned to station.

Lifeboats: D-693 Mark Noble and 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland

 

Tynemouth lifeboats have launched  a total of 19 times during 2012.

A total of 17 people have been brought to safety including two lives saved.

 

 

 

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