Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Man in drifting dinghy rescued by Tynemouth RNLI volunteers

A MAN was rescued by Tynemouth volunteer crewmembers when the engine on his inflatable dinghy failed, leaving him drifting in the lower Tyne harbour.

Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard at 20:04 after they received a call from a member of the public reporting that his friend may have been in difficulties in the lower Tyne harbour in a small powered dinghy. Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also tasked to the scene.

On launching the lifeboat crew quickly identified the dinghy which had already been approached by the port of Tyne pilot launch Collingwood. The dinghy's occupant was a cold and distressed man aged in his mid-30s and he and his boat were taken back to the lifeboat station where he was looked after until Paramedics and police arrived. The casualty was taken to hospital for assessment. 

Lifeboat (relief): D-720 Norma and Bill Burleigh

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats have launched on service 40 times so far this year, with the inshore lifeboat launching 25 times, and the all weather lifeboat 15.