A REPORT of a person in the water at Royal Quays Marina, North Shields, prompted Humber Coastguard to make an immediate crew pager alert to launch Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat at 00:47 this morning.
The lifeboat with three volunteer crewmembers sped to the scene and were informed by the Coastguard that a fisherman had fallen between into the marina and was trapped between the dock wall and a large trawler.
When the lifeboat arrived at the marina and before it passed through the lock gates, crewman Ian Black ran to locate the casualty He then entered the water and swam under the boat to pull the casualty out before the other crew members arrived in the boat and recovered him on board. He was then taken to a nearby pontoon and passed into the care of the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team.
The casualty had been in the water for some time, had suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital in a critical condition. His outcome is unknown.
Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, Northumbria Police and the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also tasked to the incident.
The lifeboat then returned to station.
Update, Sunday November 10th. Sadly, after extensive efforts by doctors to revive the casualty, he was pronounced dead at around 4am. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and fellow fishermen.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble