AS Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was returning from the previous service the crew were tasked to another incident: A man had been reported by the Port of Tyne VTS (Vessel Tracking Service) to be swimming across the river Tyne from South Shields ferry landing.

Owing to the urgency of the situation the station boarding boat was launched by lifeboat crew members who were waiting for the inshore lifeboat to return to station.

Reaching the scene, the crew of the boarding boat located a male in his early twenties who had left the water on the north bank of the Tyne near Royal Quays marina. The Tyne Pilot vessel Collingwood was already standing by. Police advised that no search and rescue units should approach the man as they were unsure of his intentions. The inshore lifeboat arrived soon after and both boats stood by, with the man being taken in to custody by police a few minutes later. It transpired that he had swum across the river for a dare.

The lifeboats returned to station at 19:50hrs.

Lifeboat D-693 Mark Noble and boarding boat BB-501

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat tasked to man swimming across river TyneTynemouth RNLIServicesLifeboat,North Shields,Rescue,RNLI,Services,south shields,Tyne,TynemouthAS Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was returning from the previous service the crew were tasked to another incident: A man had been reported by the Port of Tyne VTS (Vessel Tracking Service) to be swimming across the river Tyne from South Shields ferry landing. Owing to the urgency of the situation...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea