Warning as rescuers have busy weekend

Visitors to the borough’s coast have been urged to stay safe after a busy weekend for rescuers.

Thousands of people descended on North Tyneside beaches to enjoy the sun but resulted in eight call outs in two days for Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB), including four in an hour on Saturday.

Among their call outs were a search for a brother and sister on Whitley Bay beach, a man falling off a personal watercraft in Whitley Bay, rescuing two people stuck on rocks at Sharpness Point between Tynemouth Longsands and King Edwards Bay, medical provision to two teenage girls, a car stuck in the sand on Cullercoats Bay, a capsized dinghy near the mouth of the Tyne, and two kayakers who turned out to be fishing off Whitley Bay.

TVLB Captain Peter Lilley said: “A number of the incidents were caused by a lack of proper preparation, and without consideration of what safety precautions should be taken.

“While the Brigade encourages people to enjoy our beautiful coastline – we would ask that this is done in a responsible and safe manner and appropriate safety equipment is utilised when taking part in activities on the sea.”