Rescuers scrambled after dinghy capsizes in Marsden

Rescue crews were called out after a dinghy capsized off the coast of Marsden in South Shields this afternoon.

Saturday, 23rd April 2016, 2:50 pm
Updated Saturday, 23rd April 2016, 4:23 pm
Passengers rescued by coastguard after dinghy capsizes in Marsden.

The coastguard originally reported a rescue operation was carried out by Sunderland coastguard along with Tynemouth life boat team to help passengers after their boat overturned in Marsden at 3.04pm.

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But it has now been established no one was aboard the vessel which is believed to have been a missing boat from a local sailing club.

A member of the public alerted rescue teams by making a 999 call earlier this afternoon.

Crews arrived on scene and took the empty boat back to shore at 3.50pm.