2017 saw the team having one of it’s busiest of recent times, with a total of 70 call outs over the 12 month period. The trend continues with 2018 off to a busy start with 4 incidents in the first few weeks alone.

Below is a brief update of incidents since our last update

  • 22/11/17 22:05 – Search for possible vessel in distress off the South Pier
  • 27/11/17 12:18 – Search for person in distress, person located and brought to safety after engagement with team member
  • 29/11/17 21:08 – Search for possible vessel in distress following Mayday call, nothing found.
  • 07/12/17 13:26 – Tasked to a person in distress near Frenchmans Bay. While travelling to the incident, team made aware the person was now clinging to the edge of the cliff. Team provided assistance to Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue rope team to bring person to safety.
  • 15/12/17 11:57 – Team tasked to person threatening to jump at Frenchmans Bay, team prepared for a rope rescue on arrival. After a period of negotiations, person appeared to fall unconscious. Person brought to safety by Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue personnel and SSVLB members and placed into the care of North East Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics.
  • 25/12/17 22:15 – Tasked to a person in the water at Hebburn Marina. Person brought into care of North East Ambulance Service as team left station. Team stood down with thanks.
  • 30/12/17 09:19 – Tasked to a person in distress at Marsden Grotto. Team deployed to assist Fire Rescue rope team at the cliff top and NEAS HART at the cliff base. After 2 hours of negotiations by Police Negotiators, person agreed to come to safety. As a result of exposure to the elements, person assisted to safety by Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue rope team personnel.
  • 04/01/18 09:10 – Tasked to investigate upturned cobble on Haven Beach. Team provided images to Humber Coastguard Operations Centre who decided no further action was required. Vessel to be recovered by Port of Tyne work boat.
  • 04/01/18 22:24 – Team requested to assist Northumbria Police with a person in the water next to the South Pier. Person encouraged out the sea by police prior to team arrival, all those involved given shelter inside the Brigade Watch House prior to arrival of NEAS Ambulance.
  • 09/01/18 17:19 – Tasked to search for a vulnerable person thought to be heading for the coast. After liaising with other agencies and teams, a search was implemented. With nothing found, Humber Coastguard and Police were happy for the team to stand down.
  • 14/01/18 14:18 – Team tasked to assist with major multiagency search for possible missing 9 year old male. Child last seen dodging waves in Seaburn area. Working with Northumbria Police, Sunderland CRT, Sunderland RNLI, National Police Air Service helicopter, Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Service and other resources, as well as members of the general public, a search was launched. Thankfully shortly after the beginning of the operation the missing child was found safe and well inland. For further information see the Northumbria Police Press Release

We would like to thank the team for giving up their time to do all this hard work as well as our supporters for helping to make it possible. Without your support and donations, it would not be possible to do what we do.
If you would like to donate to support us, please use the various collection tins we have placed around South Shields as well as at the Watch House on open days. For other methods of donating, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Easier methods are coming soon.