Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat launched after elderly man falls on rocks

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat returns from service after the elderly casualty was taken to safety.

AN elderly man who had fallen become stuck on rocks at Tynemouth sparked a full-scale rescue mission including the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat at 11:30 after they received reports of a person seen lying on the rocks to the north side of Tynemouth pier.  Police officers attended and found a man, thought to be in his 80’s, whose leg was stuck after slipping over.

A Hazardous Area Response team from North East Ambulance Service and A team from the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade attended.

Arriving at the scene the three volunteer lifeboat crewmen assessed the situation and one of them went ashore.

It was found that the casualty was not as badly injured as feared and could walk with assistance. He was helped across the rocks and up the stairs to the piers by the rescuers while the lifeboat crew stood by. Once the man was safely out of danger and in the care of the Paramedics the other search teams including the lifeboat crew were stood down. The lifeboat returned to station at 12:35.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble