The workman fell from a vessel near Jarrow
Tynemouth RNLI were called at around 10am on Sunday 5 September when a man, believed to be in his mid 30s, fell into the River Tyne.
A friend heard the unnamed man’s call for help and alerted the Humber Coastguard which then requested the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat. The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, fire service and paramedics also arrived at the scene.
Three crew members found the victim in the water clinging to a mooring rope and brought him to safety aboard of their boat. He was then looked after by the TVLB. The dinghy the man used to get onto his vessel was also recovered.
Adrian Don, a spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI said: “It is thought that the man, aged approximately 35, had been transferring a generator onto his boat using the much smaller dinghy and had somehow fallen into the water.
“He was not wearing a life jacket and this incident could easily have ended in tragedy. He was lucky as he managed to hold on to the mooring line in the cold water for almost ten minutes.”.
“The RNLI aims to reduce coastal drownings in the UK by half, and strongly recommends that anyone going on or near the water, either at sea or inland, should wear a life jacket.”, continued Mr Don “Comprehensive water safety information can be found at rnli.org/safety.”.
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