May 27


Byline: A MAN was rescued today by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station volunteers after he attempted to swim from Tynemouth pier to South Shields pier.
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Humber Coastguard Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI's inshore lifeboat at 9.36pm after receiving reports from anglers fishing from the end of Tynemouth pier that a man had jumped into the sea and was somewhere between the piers drifting out to sea.

The inshore lifeboat crew sped to the scene and after a brief search located the man, aged around 30.

The casualty was brought onto the lifeboat, wrapped in thermal blankets and taken to Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station where he was kept warm and assessed by a member of the lifeboat crew who is also a paramedic before an ambulance arrived to take him to hospital.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: 'The casualty said that he'd intended to swim from the end of Tynemouth pier to the end of South Shields pier and back but hadn't realised the strength of the outgoing current from the river.

'He was very cold, tired and was showing symptoms of hypothermia'.

Mark Charlton, Helmsman of the RNLI lifeboat said: 'the man had been carried by the current about 400 yards out to sea by the time we found him.

'He's a lucky lad because if he'd drifted further out to sea we might not have found him in time.


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