Tynemouth RNLI Volunteers Receive Commendation

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Three Tynemouth RNLI Volunteers have today been presented with Commendations from the RNLI’s Director of Lifesaving Operations in recognition of their dramatic rescue of a father and son who had been swimming off Marsden Rock, South Tyneside in July 2019

Tynemouth RNLI volunteer crew members (L-R) MarkTaylor, Michael Brown and Mark Charlton with their commendations next to Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Little Susie’.

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Tynemouth RNLI volunteer crew members (L-R) MarkTaylor, Michael Brown and Mark Charlton with their commendations next to Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Little Susie’.

Volunteer crewmembers Michael Brown, Mark Taylor and lifeboat helm Mark Charlton were presented with their commendations in person by Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Doug Nicholson for their ‘swift and difficult’ rescue.

The rescue involved a technique known as ‘veering down’ the inshore lifeboat into an unexposed cove on the side of Marsden Rock while 2m high waves crashed over the boat, nearly washing the volunteer crew overboard.

Helm Mark Charlton was able to skillfully get the boat alongside Marsden Rock to allow the two casualties to jump into the sea nearby, where they were able to be pulled into the boat by Mark Taylor and Michael Brown.

Once the lifeboat was outside of the surf line, the anchor was cut to ensure the quick escape of the lifeboat from further risk, especially of capsizing, before the casualties were taken to South Shields ferry landing where they were treated by Paramedics for hyperthermia and minor cuts to their feet.

On receiving their commendations, Lifeboat Operations Manager Doug Nicholson commented, ‘While it only took around seven minutes in total to get the lifeboat into the surf and rescue the casualties, it was still a very challenging situation.

‘Our volunteer crew members used their training and experience to good effect and performed without fault to ensure the effective rescue of the casualties from a life threatening situation’.

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Notes to editors

Details of the original rescue can be found here:

https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2019/july/15/dramatic-rescue-of-father-and-son

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Commendation awarded to Tynemouth RNLI volunteer crew members MarkTaylor, Michael Brown and Mark Charlton

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Commendation awarded to Tynemouth RNLI volunteer crew members MarkTaylor, Michael Brown and Mark Charlton

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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.

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