Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats join search for missing person

A MAJOR search for a missing person was joined by Tynemouth RNLI all weather, inshore and Y-class lifeboats this afternoon.

At 2.55pm the inshore lifeboat was requested by Humber Coastguard to assist in a search for a suspected missing woman in the area of Marsden beach and cliffs, South Shields. Northumbria Police officers, and members of Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were also involved in the search on shore.

As the lifeboat launched, the all weather lifeboat, which was already on service towing a fishing vessel to safety, launched its Y-class inflatable lifeboat to join the search.

Once on scene, the inshore lifeboat and Y boat made an extensive search of the beach and cliff area, with crew members landing on the beach to cover as much area as possible.

The all weather lifeboat, which had just completed the service towing a fishing vessel to safety at North Shields fish quay, was then also tasked by Humber Coastguard to join the search.

The Northumbria Police helicopter also took part.

At 5.15pm no trace of any missing person had been found despite an exhaustive search of the area from the sea, shore and air, Humber Coastguard, who had coordinated the rescue, stood all of the search units down.

The all weather lifeboat recovered the Y boat and returned to station with the inshore lifeboat.

Lifeboats: Y-198, 17-38 Daniel L Gibson (relief) and D-693 Mark Noble