Man arrested after car is driven into sea at Whitley Bay

Crew from Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade help tow a Renault Megane out of the sea after it had been driven off the beach at Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. Picture by TVLB.
Crew from Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade help tow a Renault Megane out of the sea after it had been driven off the beach at Watts Slope, Whitley Bay. Picture by TVLB.
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Rescuers were called out to help recover a car that had been driven into the sea at speed at Whitley Bay.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) were called out just before 5am on Monday, May 11, after a Renault Megane had been driven off Watts Slope and into the sea at speed.

TVLB members were on scene within five minutes and found the 21-year-old driver had been recovered from the car by police officers and was in their custody.

As the car was at risk of being lost to the sea and causing a hazard to shipping, Brigade members worked quickly to secure a tow line to the vehicle before using the Brigade Land Rover to drag it above the high water mark where it was left in the care of the Police.

A TVLB spokesman said: “Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving an urgent request for assistance from Northumbria Police after a Renault Mégane was driven off Watts Slope, Whitley Bay, and into the sea at speed.

“Brigade members arrived on scene five minutes after the call and found that the casualty had been recovered from the vehicle by police officers and was now in their custody.

“As the car was at risk of being lost to the sea and causing a hazard to shipping, Brigade members worked quickly to secure a tow line to the vehicle before using the Brigade Land Rover to drag it above the high water mark where it was left in the care of the Police.”