Tyne pilot launch Collingwood with the casualty on board and Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat in the backgroundA TRAINEE yachtsman was assisted by volunteers at Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station today after his boat capsized in the river Tyne.

The casualty, a 20 year old university student, was learning to sail in a small 'Topper' dinghy when it was capsized by a combination of a strong ebb tide and a passing cargo ship, throwing him into the water and hitting his boat on the rocks underneath the inside of the south Tyne pier.

As the inshore lifeboat was launching the casualty was rescued from the water by the crew of the Tyne pilot vessel 'Collingwood' who brought him to the lifeboat station where he was found to be very cold and shaken but otherwise unharmed. He was kept under observation, given warm clothes and a warm drink and eventually was found to be fit to be taken back across the river.

As the casualty was being looked after, the inshore lifeboat crew went to recover the sailing dinghy, a task made difficulty due to the boat's damaged sail and centreboard but the boat was taken to South Shields Sailing Club,

The lifeboat crew crew returned to the lifeboat station and then took the casualty back across to the sailing club, and gave advice on keeping him warm before allowing him to return home.

The lifeboat then returned to station.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble

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