Brocher dies after North Shields harbour fall

Ian Black of the Tynemouth Lifeboat.
Ian Black of the Tynemouth Lifeboat.

Fraserburgh skipper James Reid has died after falling into the Royal Quays Marina in North Shields, where his boat was moored.

The skipper had plunged into the water in the early hours of Saturday, November 9, the local Tynemouth lifeboat crew attending the scene at around 12:47am.

The lifeboat and three volunteer crewmembers had raced to the scene to be informed by the coastguard that Mr Reid had fallen a large trawler and the dock wall.

Crewman Ian Black swam to rescue Mr Reid, who was unconscious, before the lifeboat took him to a nearby pontoon to be handed over into the care of the North East Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response team.

It is understood that Mr Reid had been in the water for some time and had suffered head injuries, and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Tynemouth Lifeboat updated their website on Sunday, November 10, with news that, despite efforts by doctors to revive Mr Reid, he was pronounced dead at around 4am.

They say their thoughts and sympathies are with his family and fellow fishermen.

Tyne and Wear’s Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police, and the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade also attended the scene.