Dinghy Capsize Prompts Callout For Tynemouth RNLI Volunteers
A capsized sailing club dinghy sparked the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat on Boxing Day
As the volunteer crew members launched the inshore lifeboat and sped to the scene, they found a sailing club safety boat alongside the capsized dinghy but it was not possible to right the boat so the safety boat towed it across the harbour back to the sailing club's South Shields slipway, escorted by the inshore lifeboat and her volunteer crew of three.
Once the dinghy and its crew of two were safe, the inshore lifeboat returned to station.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said: 'Our volunteers were also called out on Christmas day and we think this is the first time our station has ever been called out on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
'Our crew members are always ready to respond, whatever the time or day, and thankfully no-one was hurt in this incident.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.