A woman’s body was pulled from the sea yesterday and airlifted to hospital.
A member of the public reported seeing a body in the river Tyne close to South Shields pier just before 12.30pm on Wednesday.
Tynemouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched and sped to the scene, being guided to the casualty by the member of the public who had raised the alarm.
The crew then pulled the woman into the lifeboat as the rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer arrived, winching the casualty onto the helicopter to take them to Newcastle’s RVI hospital.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: “Our volunteer crew pulled a female casualty from the water.
“The crew started first aid although she was unfortunately showing no signs of life.
“The casualty was winched onboard the RAF helicopter where the winchman, a trained paramedic, would have continued first aid until she was passed into the care of hospital medics.”