A late pager alert meant that Christmas celebrations were put on hold as our crew members rushed to help a person in the water.
Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 22:06 by UK Coastguard's Humber Operations Centre when Northumbria Police asked for assistance in rescuing a person in the river Tyne near Hebburn.
The lifeboat with a crew of three launched six minutes after the launch alert and started speeding the five miles upriver to the scene of the incident.
The lifeboat had only travelled a mile when it was confirmed that the casualty was out of the water and in the hands of paramedics, so returned to station soon after.
Adrian Don, Tynemouth RNLI spokesman, said: 'Our volunteer crews are on constant standby and the festive season is no exception. They make more of a sacrifice than usual at this time of year though as they have to be mindful of the need to drive and operate our lifeboats.'
'The condition of the casualty isn't known but we hope they're well.'
'Our volunteers joined seven other RNLI crews called out this Christmas Day.'
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