TWO men were rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat this afternoon after a distress flare was spotted by a member of the public.
At 12.45pm an off-duty Police officer contacted Humber Coastguard to report seeing a red distress flare off King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth, which appeared to have been fired by the occupants of a small vessel drifting approximately 400m from shore.
Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat with a volunteer crew of two launched soon after and sped to the scene, the crew quickly spotting two casualties on board a jet ski which was by then under observation from shore by members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.
The two men were taken onto the lifeboat and checked over, and then taken back to Cullercoats harbour with the jetski in tow.
Once the casualties and the craft were safely on the beach the lifeboat returned to station.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble