Volunteer lifeboat crews based at Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station had a busy start to the bank holiday weekend responding to three emergency calls in a twelve hour period.
Shortly before 12:45am this morning (Saturday 4 May), Sunderland’s D Class inshore lifeboat MyJo launched to standby on the River Wear while Police negotiated with a distressed man who was threatening to jump from Wearmouth Bridge.
After 15 minutes the Police successfully talked the man into climbing back over the railings to safety.
The second call came just a few hours later at 02:40am when Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the D Class inshore lifeboat to assist Police who were dealing with incident at Hendon promenade where a man was threatening to walk into the sea.
Thankfully as the lifeboat was leaving the marina; the Police confirmed that they had been able to take the man into custody.
The third incident came shortly after 01:00pm to assist a Fletcher speedboat which was drifting on the river close to Deptford after running out of fuel.
As the D Class inshore lifeboat was being prepared for launch; Coastguards advised that the launch could be cancelled as the boat had been towed to safety by a passing Jet Ski.
Paul Nicholson, Senior Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘It has certainly been a sleepless start to the Bank Holiday weekend for our volunteers. We urge all boat owners to ensure that they have enough fuel onboard to complete their trip as running out of fuel in the wrong place at the wrong time could lead to crew or boat being put into danger’.
As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.