Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Surfer thought to be in difficulty sparks rescue mission.

A man surfing in rough sea conditions sparked a rescue mission involving both Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats this afternoon.

A concerned member of the public called Humber Coastguard at 3.10pm today after seeing a surfer possibly in difficulty off the notorious Black Midden rocks at Tynemouth.

In our first service of 2016, Tynemouth RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats were launched to the scene just a short distance from the lifeboat station. Members of the shore based Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) were also tasked to assist.

As the lifeboats arrived on scene they started to search for the person and after a few minutes a surfer with his board was seen to be making his way out of the water onto the rocks. The lifeboat crews kept searching in case anyone else was in the water.

As the man came closer to the sea wall he confirmed to the TVLB that no-one else was in the water. The lifeboats were then stood down and returned to station.

Lifeboats: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland and D-693 Mark Noble