A PADDLEBOARDER thought to be in distress in the river Tyne prompted the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat today.
At 12 noon concerned members of the public called Humber Coastguard reporting that the lone paddleboarder seemed to be in difficulty near to North Shields fish quay.
The inshore lifeboat launched soon after and travelled the short distance to the paddleboarder only to discover he was not in need of any assistance. Once Humber Coastguard was notified the lifeboat stood down and returned to station.
The incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent. Paddleboarding in the river is not recommended due to the number of vessels using the river and their restricted ability to see or avoid anyone doing so, and the inability of paddleboarders to avoid vessels themselves.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble