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South Tyneside Mayor goes overboard in lifeboat demonstration

Getting ready: Councillor Gibson before the plunge. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Going overboard: Councillor Gibson jumping off. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Councillor Gibson hitting the water. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Councillor making a splash. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Bobbing along: Councillor Gibson said he was happy to jump in twice. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Drying off: Councillor Gibson after the lifeboat exercise. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ernest Gibson, jumped overboard near South Shields this weekend as part of a lifeboat demonstration.

The crew of the Spirit of Northumberland lifeboat then managed to successfully retrieve him in yesterday’s exercise.

Adrian Don, a spokesman for the Tynemouth RNLI, said: “Councillor Gibson appeared to enjoy every minute of the experience and even volunteered to jump in to the sea for a second time, to be recovered by the crew of our inshore lifeboat, before being returned to dry land.”

RNLI recover body close to Tyne piers

RNLI recover body from Tyne Credit: RNLI

The body of a woman has been pulled from the sea close to the Tyne piers.

Tynemouth RNLI were called out at about 12.30 on Wednesday afternoon after a member of the public contacted the coastguard to say they had seen a body in the River Tyne close to South Shields pier.

Body winched to rescue helicopter Credit: RNLI

A rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer winched the body, thought to be that of a woman in her 40s, from the lifeboat and took it to Newcastle's RVI hospital. Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: "Our volunteer crew pulled a female casualty from the water.

RNLI recover body at sea close to Tyne piers Credit: RNLI

"The crew started first aid although she was unfortunately showing no signs of life.

"The casualty was winched onboard the RAF helicopter where the winchman, a trained paramedic, would have continued first aid until she was passed into the care of hospital medics."