Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Drifting Dinghy Sparks Lifeboat Launch

A drifting upturned dinghy prompted the launch of Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat on Saturday afternoon.

Humber Coastguard were notified by South Shields Sailing Club that one of the sailing dinghies had capsized outside the Tyne piers and was reportedly off Marsden Bay, South Tyneside. The occupants had been recovered by their safety boat and were safely ashore but the boat had drifted off and although there was no immediate threat to anyone’s safety, a drifting boat can present a hazard to other vessels.

Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was tasked to launch at 15:06, and the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were tasked to assist from shore.

The lifeboat headed south, followed by the Sailing club safety boat, and with the assistance of the SSVLB soon located the drifting boat.

The lifeboat crew launched the inflatable Y class lifeboat carried on board Severn class lifeboats in an attempt to recover the boat which was drifting into shore but owing to the rough surf conditions it wasn’t possible and it was decided to allow the dinghy to go ashore where it could hopefully be recovered later.

The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was stood down, returning to station soon after.

Lifeboat@ 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland.

Thanks to Steven Westy and the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade for the photographs.