Volunteers from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station will be lending a hand as an historic method of rescuing survivors from shipwrecks is staged this weekend as part of the 150th anniversary of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.Volunteers from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station will be lending a hand as an historic method of rescuing survivors from shipwrecks is staged this weekend as part of the 150th anniversary of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.

A ‘Breeches Buoy” rescue will be carried out by the Brigade at Tynemouth Haven on Saturday August 23rd.

Visitors to the Haven will see a rescue using the traditional rope and pulley system when the Port of Tyne workboat Sir Bobby Robson – dressed up to look like a sailing ship – is ‘wrecked’ just off the beach.

Lines will be fired onto the boat with a rocket, before a pair of breeches and a buoy are passed onboard to the survivors who will then be pulled to safety by a team of Brigade volunteers.  Volunteers from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station will also be assisting on the “Sir Bobby Robson” and both Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats will be standing by during the demonstration.

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade which occurred on 5th December 1864, following the shipwrecks of the ‘Stanley’ and ‘Friendship’ on 24th November of that year.

Breeches Buoy rescue involves firing a rocket, which has a line attached to it, at a stricken ship. The crew of the ship then use this line to pull out a number of ropes which are attached to a strong part of the boat and, as they are also anchored to the shore, they are used to create a pulley system. Attached to the ropes is a pair of Breeches with a Buoy (or life-ring) attached to them. The Breeches Buoy is then hauled from the shore to the ship – the casualty climbs in – and they are then pulled to safety!

The event has been organised with the help and support of a number of organisations including the Port of Tyne, North Tyneside Council, Tynemouth Sailing Club, Tynemouth Rowing Club and the RNLI. Members of the he only other surviving Volunteer Life Brigades – South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade will also be playing a major role in the simulated rescue.

Events start on Saturday at 12.30pm with a number of local bands performing on a stage on the Spanish Battery. Refreshments will be available from the Rowing Club and the TVLB will have two merchandise tents – one on Spanish Battery and one in the Haven area. Toilets will be provided at the Spanish Battery.

The music will end at 1.45pm and at 1.55pm four loud maroons will be fired. The maroons, which are anticipated to be be heard throughout the Tynemouth area, were used in years gone by as a way of alerting members of the Lifeboats and Life Brigades to a rescue – with four maroons being the indicator that the TVLB was required.

The demonstration will then start at 2pm and we anticipate it being completed by 3.15pm.

Spectators are recommeneded to watch from the area near the entrance to the North Tyne Pier (which may be partially open depending on local weather conditions), and from the Spanish Battery. Those who wish to watch from their boats are welcome to but are advised that an exclusion zone will be in operation when the TVLB fire the rocket at around 2pm.

During the course of the day the Brigade’s twitter account ‘@tynemouthvlb’ will have a live text commentary as the ‘rescue’ develops.

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