False alarms for life brigade

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Members of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called to two false alarms over the weekend.

On Saturday, members joined RNLI beach lifeguards and police officers in a search of Whitley Bay following a report of a possible missing aircraft or helicopter in the area.

The following day, the Brigade carried out a search between Royal Quays Marina and Willington Quay after a motorist reported a possible red flare on the River Tyne near the Tyne Tunnels.

Nothing untoward was found in either case and both calls were put down as false alarms with good intent.