Christmas Day call out for Tynemouth RNLI

Volunteer lifeboat crew had their Christmas Day festivities interrupted with an emergency call out.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 2:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 2:55 pm
Tynemouth RNLI volunteer crew members board the station's Severn class all weather lifeboat 'Spirit of Northumberland' as they prepare to launch on Christmas Day.
Tynemouth RNLI volunteer crew members board the station's Severn class all weather lifeboat 'Spirit of Northumberland' as they prepare to launch on Christmas Day.

Tynemouth RNLI's inshore and all weather lifeboats were launched just before 5pm to help Northumbria Police who were dealing with an incident on cliffs at Trow Point, South Shields.

The two lifeboats with a total of nine volunteers stood off the coast in support of the operation while members of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team stood by on shore to assist Police officers and Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response (HART) Team.

All emergency services stood down at 7.35pm.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said: “Our volunteer crew members are on standby, ready to launch our lifeboats to any situation on or near the sea, 24/7, 365 days of the year, and Christmas Day is no exception, with those volunteers giving up many of the traditional Christmas festivities to remain on call.”