A MAN was pulled from the river Tyne by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat in the early hours of Sunday morning after he swam across the river.
The alarm was raised at 30 minutes past midnight when a man was seen to enter the river and start swimming from South Shields ferry landing.
Police requested assistance from Humber Coastguard who immediately requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat.
Launching a few minutes later the lifeboat sped upriver with three volunteer crew members on board who started searching for the man. The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also tasked to assist in the search from shore.
As police officers on the north bank of the Tyne shined torches onto where they thought the man was, the lifeboat crew found him clinging to a ladder near to the North Shields ferry landing. He was brought onto the boat and rushed to the lifeboat station where he was wrapped in blankets. Paramedics arrived soon after and checked the man over, and after finding he was cold but didn’t require any treatment, he was taken into custody by police officers. The RNLI aims to half coastal drownings by 2024 and information about staying safe in and around water can be found at rnli.org/respectthewater.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble