Busy day for rescue team

The area to the north of Cullercoats Bay, near Brown's Bay known locally as Dead Man's Drop where youngsters tombstone from.

The area to the north of Cullercoats Bay, near Brown's Bay known locally as Dead Man's Drop where youngsters tombstone from.

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Warmer weather has resulted in an increase in call outs for a rescue team as people make the most of the borough’s beaches.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called out six times in the space of seven hours on Sunday to deal with a range of incidents along the coastline.

Between 12.30pm and 8pm, members of the team were called to help in the rescue of a five-year-old pulled from the sea at Seaton Sluice, search for a missing child in Tynemouth, and deal with nine teenagers tombstoning from Marconi Point near Cullercoats Bay.

They also dealt with a canister containing hydraulic fluid found on rocks at St Mary’s Island, kept watch from the shore of a 23ft cabin cruiser being towed back to shore by Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat and helped search for a dinghy seen off the piers at Tynemouth.