The master of the vehicle carrier City Of Paris radioed Humber Coastguard at 19:30 after a 35 year-old Ukrainian crewman impaled his finger on a fish hook. Attempts to remove the deeply-embedded hook were unsuccessful and Radio Medical Advice indicated that the crewman should be evacuated and treated at a hospital.
Humber Coastguard paged the all weather lifeboat at 19:37. Launching just seven minutes later the lifeboat steamed as fast as possible in poor visibility to the ship, anchored 2.7 nautical miles north of the Tyne piers.
A paramedic first response car arrived soon after and the paramedic made an assessment
Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland