The alarm was raised when a member of the public reported that a person had entered the sea at around 5.20pm and had not come out. Humber Coastguard immediately requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats, Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat, and tasked Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade to join police officers searching on shore. The North East Air Support Unit’s helicopter NPAS32 was also tasked along with Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 from Humberside Airport.
A comprehensive search of the sea and shore was carried out by the search and rescue teams and volunteer lifeboat crews between Cullercoats and the north Tyne pier for nearly two hours and once Humber Coastguard were satisfied that there was no possibility of anyone having been in the sea the incident was then treated as a false alarm with good intent and the search was ended.
The lifeboats then returned to station for refuelling before being made ready for service again.
Lifeboats: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland and D-693 Mark Noble.
Video by Dan Entwisle showing Police helicopter NPAS32 searching over Longsands beach using their NightSun.