Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Jetskier Rescued

A JETSKIER was rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers on Thursday evening after his craft’s engine failed leaving him drifting in the Tyne near to the lifeboat station.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat at 18:10 and owing to the proximity of the craft and rider the lifeboat crew decided to use the station boarding boat – a former D class lifebooat – to save time reaching the casualty.

The lifeboat and crew of two reached the jetski and towed it back to South Shields slipway before returning to station.

As this incident was ongoing, Humber Coastguard contacted the station to request the launch of the all weather lifeboat after they had received a report of a surfer in difficulty at Tynemouth Longsands beach. In the even the inshore lifeboat was launched.

Lifeboat: BB-544