Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Teens Rescued After Getting Trapped By Tide

FOUR teenagers were rescued by Tynemouth RNLI volunteers on Thursday afternoon after they became trapped by the rising tide on Frenchman’s Bay, South Shields.

The teenagers called 999 for help at 5pm and Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat. Initially it was thought that five casualties were involved so both the all weather and inshore lifeboats were launched.

The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene and while the all weather lifeboat stood by a short distance offshore, the crew were guided to the location of the teens by members of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade (SSVLB). They were brought on board the lifeboat and taken to safety at the nearby Sandhaven beach where they were met by the SSVLB who checked the youths over and gave them safety advice.

Both lifeboats and the Brigade were stood down and returned to station.

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