New volunteer RNLI crewman goes on shout seconds after joining Tynemouth crew
A NEW volunteer crewman at Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station was surprised after being called into action on his first 'shout' just seconds after being officially made a crew member.
New RNLI volunteer Chris Reay had just been handed his new crew pager by station Coxswain Michael Nugent when the alarm was raised over a grounded boat.
Humber Coastguard requested the lifeboat to launch after receiving a report of a small boat being grounded in the river Tyne at Hebburn.
Chris, together with experienced Helm Jill McCormick, sped upriver to locate the casualty vessel which had a man and his dog on board.
Arriving at the scene they discovered that another vessel had located the casualty boat and towed it to safety at St Peters Marina, Newcastle, where it was met by members of the TVLB. The lifeboat returned to station after ensuring the safety of all concerned.
Chris had literally just been welcomed officially onto the crew by being given a crew pager when the pagers were activated, calling the station's volunteers into action.
This was a fairly routine service and although Chris was taken by surprise by being called on so quickly after becoming a crewmember he took it all in his stride.