Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers have been put through their paces in a training exercise with one of the new Sikorsky search and rescue helicopters which are taking over from the RAF.

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats exercise with new HM Coastguard rescue helicopter

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers have been put through their paces in a training exercise with one of the new Sikorsky search and rescue helicopters which are taking over from the RAF. From April, the familiar yellow Sea King, based at RAF Boulmer, will no longer be used by the Coastguard for search-and-rescue missions at sea. […]

Duke of Kent visits Northumbrian RNLI lifeboat stations

Duke of Kent visits Northumbrian RNLI lifeboat stations

HRH The Duke of Kent, President of the RNLI, made a two-day tour of RNLI lifeboat stations at Blyth, Newbiggin, Craster, Seahouses and Berwick, and the Grace Darling museum at Bamburgh in early May. He met volunteer crew members, officials and fundraisers and presented several long service medals and achievement awards.      

Fishing boat Grenaa Star refloated after pier collision

A fishing boat left partially sunk after it was badly damaged in a collision with the south Tyne pier has been refloated. The Grenaa Star hit the pier before beaching at Little Haven, South Shields, early on Tuesday morning. ​Working at low tide on Friday, salvage experts from Tyne & Wear Marine and the Port […]

Baby christened on board Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat

WHEN Tynemouth RNLI station Mechanic Kevin Mole's new baby Grandson arrived on the scene, there was only one place he was going to be christened – aboard the station’s lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland. Heavy showers held off long enough to allow a moving ceremony where local vicar Reverend Dorothy Robinson christened Roman Alexander in front […]

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteer crewmember Jill McCormick has her marriage to Simon Lee blessed onboard the Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat 'Spirit of Northumberland'.

And the bride wore… RNLI Yellow Wellies!

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteer crewmember Jill McCormick has her marriage to Simon Lee blessed onboard the lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland. The couple were married an hour earlier at the local registry office before being blessed at the lifeboat station by station Chaplain Reverend Timothy Duff.  Jill, 35, has been an RNLI volunteer for 12 years and […]