A Jetskier was rescued this afternoon by volunteers from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station after spending over half an hour in the sea after becoming separated from his broken-down craft.
Tynemouth RNLI's inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard at 12.48pm after they received a report that a jet ski rider had become separated from his craft and was in the sea to the south of the south Tyne pier.
The three volunteers onboard the lifeboat sped to the scene and found the casualty in the water and took him onto the lifeboat before attaching a tow rope to the broken down jet ski.
The casualty, a man in his 30's from Durham, was unharmed and he and the ski were taken to safety at South Shields slipway.
It transpired that the jetski had broken down and the rider had been unable to start it, and had somehow become separated from it as he tried to get it going again. Unfortunately he had no method of communication with him leading him to spend such a long time in the water before being spotted, and the lifeboat crew suggested that in future he carry a marine VHF radio, or at the very least a mobile phone in a waterproof case.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble