Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade was called to two incidents yesterday afternoon, including one in which a man died after being pulled from the River Tyne.
While on a local area patrol around 3pm, Brigade members noticed that a woman had fallen over on Tynemouth Front Street and appeared to have sustained some minor injuries.
Brigade members attended to her and found that she was a Cypriot national visiting Tynemouth with her daughter who had tripped on the pavement and sustained cuts to her legs and face. They cleaned and dressed her wounds and advised the lady to rest before she then left with her family and the team continued with their patrol.
Shortly after the above incident, Humber Coastguard tasked the Brigade to attend Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station and assist Tynemouth RNLI, the North East Ambulance Service and the Great North Air Ambulance, which were treating a critically ill man who had been recovered from the River Tyne, near to South Shields.
Brigade members provided logistical support to the other emergency services for the next two hours.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all involved, the casualty was declared deceased and all rescue units were then stood down. The Brigade wishes to offer its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the casualty.