A MALE thought to have entered the river Tyne at South Shields sparked a search on Saturday morning.
Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 07:55 by UK Coastguard’s Humber Operations Centre after they received a report of the possibility of a shirtless male having entered the river Tyne in the vicinity around Tyne Dock, South Shields. A pair of shoes left by the bank gave rise to the concerns.
The lifeboat launched six minutes after the volunteer crew were paged and sped the one mile distance upriver to the scene where the Port of Tyne pilot vessel Collingwood was also searching the river. The South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were also tasked to search on shore.
The search had progressed for just five minutes when UK Coastguard were notified that the male had been found on the Metro system and was being apprehended by Police. All units were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble