Early hours call out on New Years for Tynemouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

At 00:15 on the 1st January 2023, Tynemouth RNLI D-Class Little Susie, was launched into action up the River Tyne.

RNLI lifeboat and volunteers in action with New Year's Eve firework display in sky above

RNLI/Sam Clow

RNLI Tynemouth volunteers respond to first rescue call out of the New Year
As the New Year set in and Tynemouth RNLI volunteers were celebrating with their loved ones, the familiar sound of the pager came on at 00:15 for the first shout of the year, not just for Tynemouth, but for the RNLI.
Tynemouth RNLI was requested by Humber Coastguard to launch our D-Class up the River Tyne to Ouseburn to rescue a broken down boat with 2 persons on board. The boat had been up the river enjoying the fireworks and laser display, but when trying to return to Royal Quays suffered the engine failure.
Tynemouth's D-Class launched to retrieve the boat, arriving on scene at 00:44, bringing the vessel under tow at 1am. The ILB landed back at Royal Quays in North Shields at 2:29am where we were met by Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade. The ILB was released by Humber Coastguard shortly after. The ILB was made ready for service again at 2:50am.
A total of 16 crew turned out for this shout, all ready to answer the call if required.
Remember if you need assistance dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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RNLI lifeboat and volunteers in action with New Year's Eve firework display in sky above

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RNLI Tynemouth volunteers respond to first rescue call out of the New Year

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.

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