Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Man Saved From Drifting Out To Sea

The scene of the incident: The man and dinghy had been blown past the Groyne lighthouse.

A MAN has been rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat crew members after his dinghy started drifting out to sea.

The rescue happened on Tuesday morning at 11:00 when the man attempted to go after another dinghy which had broken from its moorings near to Corporation Quay, South Shields, on the river Tyne almost opposite the lifeboat station.

The Coxswain of Tynemouth lifeboat spotted the man in the 2m dinghy rowing after the similarly sized empty boat in the strong westerly wind and immediately alerted two other lifeboat crew members who were already in the station boarding boat replacing mooring lines.

The crew members raced across the river to the casualty who by now had been blown by the wind past the Groyne light and was heading towards the piers, unable to get to shore.  People on the Groyne had also seen his predicament and had dialled 999 to report to UK Coastguard that the man needed help.

The lifeboat crew reached the man just a minute later and he and his boat were quickly tied alongside the lifeboat. The other boat was also recovered and all were taken back to the slipway at the boat angling club where they had come from.

Members of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade had been tasked to assist on shore by UK Coastguard’s Humber Operations Centre and they gave advice to the man who was wearing no lifejacket and had no means of calling for help other than shouting. Had he not been spotted the wind and tide would in all probability have carried him past the piers and out to sea.

Lifeboat: BB-544