Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat returning from the search for a missing swimmer off Longsands beach

A SEARCH for a swimmer, involving three RNLI lifeboats and their volunteer crews, RNLI lifeguards, the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and an RAF rescue helicopter, took place yesterday evening (Tuesday August 14th), when a group of swimmers asked for help when one of their number went missing off Longsands beach, Tynemouth.

Humber Coastguard initiated a major search at 6.50pm when the group of swimmers approached a jetski rider and asked him for help as one of their number had gone missing in the sea in the Longsands area. The jetski rider had a handheld marine VHF radio and contacted Humber Coastguard for help.

Both Tynemouth RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat were launched and started a search of the sea in the area where the missing swimmer had been reported to have been. Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade members started a search from land and an RAF rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer was also scrambled. RNLI lifeguard supervisors who had been holding a meeting in a nearby lifeguard hut also joined the search, launching their own rescue jet ski.

Ten minutes into the search, Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat's crew saw a swimmer that matched the description of the missing person, sitting on the Bear's Back rocks just off the beach. It was soon confirmed he was the missing swimmer and required no assistance or medical attention. He was reunited with his fellow swimmers and the search was called off.

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

Both Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats join search for missing swimmerTynemouth RNLIServiceslongsands,Search,Services,TynemouthA SEARCH for a swimmer, involving three RNLI lifeboats and their volunteer crews, RNLI lifeguards, the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and an RAF rescue helicopter, took place yesterday evening (Tuesday August 14th), when a group of swimmers asked for help when one of their number went missing off Longsands...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea