A HOAX 999 call made this evening to Humber Coastguard led Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat to be tasked to investigate.

The call, made at 21:40 on a mobile phone, was made by a man claiming to be fishing on Tynemouth pier, and claiming to have seen a fisherman wearing high visibility clothing fall into the water.

The lifeboat, which was refuelling at Royal Quays marina after a training exercise, rushed to the scene and on arrival the crew asked the fishermen on the pier if they had seen or heard anything.  Members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also tasked to investigate.

After the fishermen all confirmed that there had been no-one on the pier in any difficulty or who had made any call, Humber Coastguard called the search off.

This was the third callout to hoax calls in two weeks, all apparently made by the same person. If anyone has any information that might lead to the identity of the hoaxer they are asked to call Northumbria Police on 101.

Lifeboat (relief): 17-17 Fraser Flyer

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats have been launched or tasked on service 56 times during 2012. 27 by the all weather lifeboat and 29 by the inshore lifeboat.

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