TWO surfers thought to be in difficulty off Tynemouth prompted the launch of both Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats on Saturday afternoon.
At 13:50 a member of the public called Humber Coastguard to report seeing two surfers in difficulty approximately a mile east of Tynemouth Longsands beach.
Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was immediately requested to launch and search the sea in the area reported, while the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were tasked to assist from shore. As an extensive search was possible, Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was also launched. The RNLI Lifeguards based on Longsands beach also responded by launching their rescue craft.
The crew of the inshore lifeboat arrived in the reported location and found two surfers fishing from their boards. They almost fitted the description given by the original caller who confirmed to Humber Coastguard that they were those he had thought to be in difficulty. As they were in no trouble all search and rescue teams were stood down and the lifeboats returned to station. The incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent and it must be emphasised that anyone who thinks they see someone in difficulty in or around the sea – even if they’re not certain – should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Lifeboats: D-693 Mark Noble & 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland