A LIFE-SAVING charity has been handed a substantial donation to help finance the purchase of vital rescue equipment.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) needed six sets of special water rescue equipment at a cost of more than £2,000.
And the town’s Rotary Club stepped in to provide more than half of the funding after raising £1,200 at a shanty night.
TVLB secretary John Wright said: “The coastguard has told us that our members can now enter the water to rescue people but they must be wearing the new double inflating life jackets.
“The equipment, specially designed by HM Coastguard, are water rescue lifejackets, specific floating ropes, as normal ropes generally sink when wet, and throw ropes, the back up in case of problems.”
The cost of the water rescue jackets are £233 each, the floating line in a bag £77 each and the throw lines are £25 each.
Tynemouth Rotary Club’s acting president Les Hall said: “We as a club are again delighted to be able to assist in the purchase of new up-to-date equipment for TVLB.
“We have now contributed over £35,000 over the years and will continue to support the stirling work they do in rescues throughout the year and in all sorts of weather.
“It is nice to know that this year’s equipment will enable the TVLB to have an extra string to its bow by allowing them to now enter the water safely when attempting a rescue.”