A WOMAN’S body was pulled from the sea off South Shields pier this afternoon and airlifted to hospital by a RAF resuce helicopter.
Tynemouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 12.30pm after a member of the public called Humber Coastguard to report that they had seen a body in the River Tyne near South Shields pier.
The volunteer lifeboat crew sped to the scene and were guided to where the casualty was floating by the member of the public who had raised the alarm.
The crew then pulled the body into the lifeboat, as the rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer arrived.
The casualty was then winched from the lifeboat onto the helicopter and taken to Newcastle’s RVI hospital.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: “Our volunteer crew pulled a female casualty from the water.
“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.”