REPORTS of people in difficulty on rocks at Marsden on Saturday afternoon prompted the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat to investigate.
The alarm was raised at 14:30 by concerned members of the public who had seen several people in the water near the rocks at the north end of Marsden Bay, South Shields.
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat which sped to the scene. On arrival the three volunteer crew members discovered a group ‘Coasteering’ their way round the rocks, and were in no difficulty.
Coasteering is a way of traversing along the intertidal zone of a rocky coastline on foot or by swimming, without the aid of boats, surf boards or other craft, and is safe providing people use appropriate safety equipment.
The group were told that notifying the Coastguard before they set out is advisable to avoid false alarms such as this.
The lifeboat then returned to station.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble