Tynemouth RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched at 3.45pm on Friday May 18th 2012 after Humber Coastguard received a report of a fully-clothed male entering the river Tyne from South Shields pier.

The South Shields pier watchkeeper had seen the incident unfold and immediately raised the alarm, but had lost sight of the man who had started to swim out into the harbour.

Both Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats search for a missing person in the river TyneIn addition to the two RNLI lifeboats, an RAF rescue helicopter, Port of Tyne pilot vessel Collingwood, Tynemouth and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigades and officers from Northumbria Police were also tasked to search for the missing person.

Following a coordinated plan, the RNLI lifeboats commenced a methodical search of the lower Tyne harbour, assisted by the RAF helicopter, taking into account the tide, currents and wind. Tynemouth and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigades posted teams at both pier heads in case any casualty was carried out of the harbour, while other members of their rescue teams carried out detailed searches of the river banks.

After a meticulous and exhaustive saturation search, nothing was found and Humber Coastguard took the decision to stand all search teams down at 7pm after they were satisfied nothing more could be done. The ‘casualty’ was later located at home by police, having come out of the water and avoided the rescuers.

Tynemouth RNLIVideoTynemouth RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched at 3.45pm on Friday May 18th 2012 after Humber Coastguard received a report of a fully-clothed male entering the river Tyne from South Shields pier. The South Shields pier watchkeeper had seen the incident unfold and immediately raised the alarm, but had...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea