Man pulled from the river Tyne in late night rescue

A man was rescued after being spotted in the river Tyne.

Monday, 1st August 2016, 9:07 am
Updated Monday, 1st August 2016, 10:09 am
Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launching on Sunday night.

The alarm was raised at 10.15pm on Sunday after Humber Coastguard received reports of a partly-clothed person in St Peter’s Marina, Newcastle.

Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) were called to help police and paramedics help the man who was clinging to the side of the marina.

TVLB Captain Dave Bell said: “Reports indicated that he had been in the water for almost 60 minutes. He was holding onto a life ring that police officers had thrown to him.

“Although the lifeboat was on route, the Brigade determined that a rescue had to be carried out immediately. There was a concern that the casualty could lose his grip of the life ring.

“If that happened there was a real risk that the casualty would no longer have sufficient energy to stay afloat.

“With more Brigadesmen arriving on scene, a Brigade water rescue team entered the river from a pontoon over 30 metres downstream of the casualty. One Brigade water rescue technician swam upriver to the casualty while another managed a line tethered to him.”

As the casualty was being brought out of the water, two lifeboat crew members went onto the jetty and assisted the other emergency services as the casualty was resisting assistance.

Once he was in the care of paramedics and police the rescue teams stood down.