At 13:45 Humber Coastguard received a report that a small rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) with two people on board had gone aground on the infamous rocks, located just inside the Tyne harbour at Tynemouth. Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch and the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were tasked to assist on shore.
Arriving on scene just a minute after launching, the lifeboat crew found the two occupants had got onto the rocks and were attempting to get the RIB higher up out of the water. Sea conditions were rough with a rising tide, making it impossible for the lifeboat to get closer and eventually driving the RIB’s occupants back to the safety of the shore.
As the lifeboat crew stood by, members of the TVLB, wearing water rescue equipment, managed to get a line onto the RIB and drag it off the rocks and further round the point towards Tynemouth Haven where it was made fast until conditions improved enough to recover the vessel.
As nothing further could be done by the lifeboat crew, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving an hour after launching.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble