Two people die in North East coastal accidents

A fisherman died in hospital after he suffered serious head injuries when he fell into the water and became trapped between the dock and a trawler at the Royal Quays

The Royal Quays Marina in North Shields
The Royal Quays Marina in North Shields

Two people died in a weekend of tragedy on the North East coast.

A fisherman died in hospital after he suffered serious head injuries when he fell into the water and became trapped between the dock and a trawler at the Royal Quays, in North Shields.

Meanwhile, a diver died after getting into trouble on a boat near the Farne Islands on Saturday morning.

The fisherman, who is from North East Scotland, was unconscious when he was pulled from the water by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers just before 1am.

He was taken to hospital but later died.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said a separate investigation would be carried out by marine investigators.

The spokesman added: “We were informed by Humber Coastguard that a man had fallen from a boat into the River Tyne in the North Shields area.

“The man was taken to hospital where he was subsequently declared dead. All further inquiries into this incident are being conducted by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.”

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said: “The lifeboat with three volunteer crew members sped to the scene and were informed by the coastguard that a fisherman had fallen into the marina and was trapped between the dock wall and a large trawler.”

A crewman swam to the unconscious man and pushed him on to the lifeboat before taking the casualty to shore to be treated by the ambulance service, Mr Don said.

“The casualty had been in the water for some time, had suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital in a critical condition,” he added.

The second tragedy happened near the Farne Islands in North Northumberland.

At just before 10.40am on Saturday the Coastguard was called by a local dive charter boat requested urgent medical assistance.

Two Seahouses lifeboats were launched immediately.

A group of divers on the boat had pulled an unconscious member of their party out of the water and other divers on the boat were pulling the diver from the water and carrying out first aid when crews arrived.

The diver, who is not thought to be local, was flown to Wansbeck General Hospital, in Ashington, for emergency treatment.

But all efforts to save his life were in vain and he was later pronounced dead.

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