Dinghy trio get a warning

TVLB captain Peter Lilley is warning visitors to St Mary's Island to check tide times to make sure they aren't stranded on the island after five rescues so far this year.

TVLB captain Peter Lilley is warning visitors to St Mary's Island to check tide times to make sure they aren't stranded on the island after five rescues so far this year.

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Three young men have been warned about the dangers of going out to sea while under the influence of alcohol.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) was called out at 5pm on Friday, May 10, after the men had been seen acting irresponsibly on an 8ft inflatable dinghy off Cullercoats.

Although the trio were wearing buoyancy aids, they were observed taking the vessel – designed for short distances in calm conditions – over a mile offshore and at speeds which could have capsized the vessel.

At one stage, Cullercoats RNLI inshore lifeboat was put on stand-by in case there was an incident with the dinghy.

TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “Once on shore, brigade members spoke with the three men and found they had no safety equipment on board the boat and also found a bottle of alcohol.

“Strict advice was given regarding the dangers of drinking while at sea.”