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.      

RNLI marathon river Tyne charity swim

RNLI marathon river Tyne charity swim

Swimmers today took on a marathon swim down the river Tyne on a sponsored swim with a difference – to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The three and a half hour swim covered 10 miles, which is the aquatic version of a marathon, starting at Newcastle City Marina at 11am and […]

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 […]

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Actor Ace Bhatti returns to visit his former RNLI colleagues

ACTOR Ace Bhatti returns to visit his former RNLI colleagues at Staithes & Runswick RNLI lifeboat station for a feature in Lifeboat, the RNLI quarterly magazine. Ace, who used to live in the village served as a volunteer crewmember for four years and has appeared in many TV shows and films, including The Bill and Eastenders.