A capsized sailing dinghy with two people on board prompted the launch of Tynemouth RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats today.
At 12:25pm Humber Coastguard received a report from South Shields Sailing Club that a dinghy had capsized and the two occupants were in the water near to South Shields pier.
Both Tynemouth RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats were paged by the Coastguard to launch immediately. Sea conditions were extremely choppy with winds gusting over 60mph.
On launching, the volunteer lifeboat crews were updated with the information that the two people had already been recovered from the water but their boat was drifting between the piers. This presented a hazard to navigation so the lifeboats located it, and the all weather lifeboat took it under tow in an operation made very difficult by the weather.
As the lifeboats made their way back into the harbour, the dinghy broke free in the exceptional winds. The inshore lifeboat crew managed to get a tow rope attached to it and headed back to safety with the boat in tow.
As the all weather lifeboat was carrying out the Seaburn tasking the inshore lifeboat crew had towed the capsized yacht to South Shields beach where they were met by sailing club members.
Once the dinghy was safely ashore, the RNLI volunteer crew members offered a few friendly words of advice about the weather conditions and returned to station. The all weather lifeboat also returned at this time and after refuelling, returned to station’
The RNLI urges anyone going to sea to be especially careful in poor conditions. Our ‘Respect the Water’ campaign aims to half coastal drownings by 2024 by educating people about the danger of water. Comprehensive information about staying safe at the coast can be found at rnli.org/respectthewater
Lifeboats: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland and D-693 Mark Noble