A WOMAN seen falling from Newcastle’s Redheugh bridge prompted Humber Coastguard to request the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat this afternoon.
The alarm was initially raised at 12.26pm when police were alerted by a caller who was concerned about a woman who was standing on the wrong side of the railings on the Redheugh bridge.
Police and the Tyne & Wear Rescue Service boat were initially tasked to search for the casualty, and the assistance of Tynemouth lifeboat was requested at 12.51pm. The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also tasked to search from the river banks and to provide a radio communications relay for the lifeboat and Coastguards.
The inshore lifeboat with a father and son volunteer crew – former full-time Station Mechanic Kevin Mole and his son Bobby – quickly made the 9-mile upriver journey to join the search.
After comprehensively searching the Tyne between the Redheugh and Scotswood bridges for over an hour nothing was found although the Fire boat found personal effects that may have belonged to the casualty.
A Northumbria Police Marine Division launch took over the search shortly after 2pm and the RNLI lifeboat and TVLB were stood down.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble