Lifeboats called to aid of capsized dinghy at South Shields pier

The all weather lifeboat recovering the dinghy. Picture: Adrian Don.

The all weather lifeboat recovering the dinghy. Picture: Adrian Don.

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Two people were onboard a dinghy which overturned in the water at South Shields today.

Both Tynemouth RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats were paged by the Coastguard to launch immediately to the aid of the pair.

The all weather lifeboat searches for the capsized dinghy in poor visibility, Picture: Adrian Don.

The all weather lifeboat searches for the capsized dinghy in poor visibility, Picture: Adrian Don.

As the crews took to the water, they were tasked with choppy conditions and winds gusting over 60mph. They then received a message confirming that the people had been rescued from the water, but that there boat was drifting between piers, causing a navigation hazard.

The dinghy, which belonged to members of the Sailing Club, was then recovered by the crew and returned to South Shields beach.

As this rescue was underway in the Tyne harbour a windsurfer had become separated from his board in Seaburn where a windsurfer had been reported to have been separated from his board. Tynemouth RNLI's all weather lifeboat was tasked to attend the scene alongside the Sunderland RNLI lifeboat, which was also launched.

A second person had entered the sea in an attempt to help the windsurfer, and both people managed to get out of the sea.

The inshore lifeboat with the capsized dinghy. Picture: Adrian Don.

The inshore lifeboat with the capsized dinghy. Picture: Adrian Don.

The Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team also arrived, and checked the people over.

Adrian Don, Spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said: 'Our lifeboats were requested to launch to what was thought to be two people in the sea in very poor conditions.

'Thankfully the two sailors were quickly recovered from the water by other sailing club members but we still needed to recover the capsized dinghy which was achieved by our volunteer crew members despite the fierce winds and very choppy sea.

'As this incident was ongoing our all weather lifeboat was tasked to another potentially life-threatening situation with a windsurfer who had got into difficulty near Seaburn but again this was thankfully resolved without anyone being injured, or worse."

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