AN empty small boat drifting in the river Tyne near Newcastle sparked the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat on Wednesday evening.
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat at 20:17 after they received reports of the boat drifting between Newcastle’s Tyne bridges, and were concerned that someone may have fallen into the river from the boat.
The lifeboat launched just a few minutes later and the three volunteer crew raced the eight miles upriver to locate the boat, a small rowing tender used by boat owners to get ashore from moorings. Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also tasked to provide communications support from shore.
The lifeboat crew searched the river up to Newcastle quayside and having found no-one in danger they started towing the vessel out of the river. They were then told that the boat belonged to two men at Friar’s Goose moorings, near Felling on the south side of the river, and it had broken free from the shore. The lifeboat volunteers returned the boat to the men then headed back downriver to the lifeboat station, arriving at 21:32.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble