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Byline: A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital today after RNLI volunteers and an RAF helicopter crew battled to save her in rough seas at Tynemouth.
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The alarm was raised shortly after 08.30 after a woman was seen to be walking at the base of Tynemouth pier.

The sea was rough with large waves breaking over the pier.

Humber Coastguard launched both Tynemouth all-weather and inshore RNLI lifeboats, Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat, an RAF rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer and also tasked the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade to assist on shore.

Arriving on scene shortly after launching the Tynemouth inshore lifeboat put a crewmember halfway along the pier, as well as one from the Cullercoats lifeboat.

The volunteer crewmen quickly spotted the woman walking in the water and shouting for help, under the seaward side of the pier.

Volunteer crewman Alun Ross climbed down a ladder and entered the water, and managed to take hold of the woman and walk along with her back towards the ladder but a large wave broke over them, snatching her from his grip and washing her into the sea, out of his reach.

The RAF rescue helicopter had arrived and lowered their winchman who managed to locate the woman soon after and winch her onto the helicopter, which took her to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. Her condition is unknown.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: ‘The woman was found to be in a distressed state but was shouting to the lifeboat crewmembers for help.

‘Volunteer crewman Alun Ross climbed down a ladder from the pier and bravely entered the very rough sea and managed to get hold of her and start to get her to safety, but the power of the breaking waves dragged her away from him.

‘He risked his own life in dangerous conditions and his actions were in the finest traditions of the RNLI.

‘The RAF helicopter winchman also risked his life, becoming submerged several times before managing to recover the casualty from the sea.

‘This was a superb effort by everyone concerned in the rescue and we hope the casualty makes a full recovery.’

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Byline: A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital today after RNLI volunteers and an RAF helicopter crew battled to save her in rough seas at Tynemouth.
Page Content:

The alarm was raised shortly after 08.30 after a woman was seen to be walking at the base of Tynemouth pier.

The sea was rough with large waves breaking over the pier.

Humber Coastguard launched both Tynemouth all-weather and inshore RNLI lifeboats, Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat, an RAF rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer and also tasked the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade to assist on shore.

Arriving on scene shortly after launching the Tynemouth inshore lifeboat put a crewmember halfway along the pier, as well as one from the Cullercoats lifeboat.

The volunteer crewmen quickly spotted the woman walking in the water and shouting for help, under the seaward side of the pier.

Volunteer crewman Alun Ross climbed down a ladder and entered the water, and managed to take hold of the woman and walk along with her back towards the ladder but a large wave broke over them, snatching her from his grip and washing her into the sea, out of his reach.

The RAF rescue helicopter had arrived and lowered their winchman who managed to locate the woman soon after and winch her onto the helicopter, which took her to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. Her condition is unknown.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: 'The woman was found to be in a distressed state but was shouting to the lifeboat crewmembers for help.

'Volunteer crewman Alun Ross climbed down a ladder from the pier and bravely entered the very rough sea and managed to get hold of her and start to get her to safety, but the power of the breaking waves dragged her away from him.

'He risked his own life in dangerous conditions and his actions were in the finest traditions of the RNLI.

'The RAF helicopter winchman also risked his life, becoming submerged several times before managing to recover the casualty from the sea.

'This was a superb effort by everyone concerned in the rescue and we hope the casualty makes a full recovery.'

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