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.”

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