Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat returns after launching to three teenagers trapped by the tide.

Three 14-year old youths were rescued today after they were trapped on a cliff by the incoming tide at Manhaven, South Shields.

Tynemouth inshore lifeboat with a volunteer crew of three was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard at 11:41 this morning after an emergency call was received from the youths, who were trapped on a small ledge on a 30' cliff with waves breaking underneath them

Arriving at Manhaven the lifeboat crew located the trapped youths while a team from South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade arrived at the top of the cliffs above them. 

Although trapped, the casualties were in no immediate danger but were becoming anxious as water from the waves was starting to hit them.

The lifeboat crew made a number of attempts to get to the youths but were defeated by the heavy swell so the decision was made for the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade to effect a rope rescue.

As the lifeboat stood by, the Life Brigade lowered team members down to the ledge, a task made more difficult by an overhang.

The youths were then taken one by one to safety at the cliff top where they were assessed by paramedics, who also returned them home after confirming none of them needed further treatment.

The lifeboat crew then returned to station.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats have launched a total of 50 times during 2012, with 22 all weather lifeboat services, and the inshore lifeboat 28.

 

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