Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Search For Possible Kayaker In Difficulty

The scene from Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat during the search for a possible missing kayaker

A REPORT of a possible kayaker in difficulty sparked a major search operation on Sunday afternoon.

At 14:38 a member of the public who was parked overlooking St Mary’s Island, Whitley Bay called Humber Coastguard to say that he thought that he had seen a kayak go missing just south of the island. He had been watching the kayak, turned his head and when he looked back the kayak had disappeared although he could see what looked like a head in the water.

Humber Coastguard immediately tasked Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat which was already at sea after attending Sunderland RNLI annual Harbour Day. Also tasked were an RAF rescue helicopter that was also returning to base after Sunderland Harbour Day, Blyth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, and the RNLI Lifeguards from Whitley Bay beach. On shore, the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked and made contact with the informant.

A through search of the area was carried out and with nothing found, the ‘head’ was thought to be one of a number of black lobster pot markers. All teams were then stood down and the lifeboat returned to the Tyne to refuel and returned to station at 15:50.

Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland