Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Distress Flare Sparks Search

The sighting of a distress flare led to Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat being tasked to search for a possible vessel in distress on Sunday afternoon.

After refuelling from the previous service, the all weather lifeboat was tasked for the third time of the day and as with the previous service, before the crew had had the opportunity to come ashore.

Humber Coastguard was investigating reports of a red distress parachute flare being sighted near Seaburn some time earlier and after requesting vessels in the area to report anything untoward, had no further information.

The lifeboat left the Tyne at 17:10, steaming at best speed the eight miles to Seaburn. The crew carried out a search of the area but nothing that could indicate a vessel having been in distress was found. Humber Coastguard were then satisfied that no-one was in difficulty and stood the lifeboat down.

On returning to station the volunteer crew were relieved not to be tasked again and came ashore for a well-earned rest.

Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland