At 15:50 UK Coastguard received a report from a concerned member of the public that two people and a whippet had been cut off by the tide near the northern end of Marsden Bay.
South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were tasked to investigate and when they arrived on scene they requested that Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat be launched to assist.
The lifeboat launched at 16:06 and sped to Marsden arriving five minutes later. The crew started a sweep of the bay but soon after a member of the SSVLB confirmed that he had found two people exactly matching the description of the potential casualties, safe and well at the top of the Velvet Beds steps. The lifeboat was stood down at 16:27 and returned to station and once the Coastguard were satisfied neither of the people or their dog required any assistance, the SSVLB were also stood down.
This was the 75th launch or tasking of our lifeboats during 2016.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble.