Operating both D Class and Atlantic 75 RNLI inshore lifeboats – The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

20/06/2016 8:00 PM *LAUNCH*

June 23rd, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016 |

Lifeboat crew miss first half of football match and youngsters are reminded to Respect The Water as two find themselves unable to get back to land after jumping from Blyth pier.

Two young people have been described as ‘lucky of being seen’ by Volunteer lifebot helmsman Scott Delf who along with two other crew members used the stations inshore D Class lifeboat to rescue them from the sea shortly after 8pm on Monday 20th June 2016.


Crew members who responded to the call out were just sitting down to watch England take on Slovakia in the Euro 2016 championships in France when the pagers almost coincided with the referee’s opening whistle.

Luckily for the two youngsters the local harbour master at the Port of Blyth had spotted them in the water and, concerned for their safety, reported to the UK coastguard agency that the two appeared to be stranded underneath the end of the west pier at the entrance to the harbour.

Scott who was already at the lifeboat station following a monthly operations meeting prepared the lifeboat for launch and once more crew members arrived they proceeded to the area of the pier, arriving within two minutes.

The two individuals were brought aboard the lifeboat and once is was confirmed that they had suffered no injuries and no one else was in the water they were taken to safety and met by the local coastguard rescue team on Blyth beach.

The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for service again by 8:45pm.

Scott said ‘if it hadn’t been for them being sighted by the harbour master they could of been in the water for a considerably longer time’

The RNLI urges all people venturing near the coast to Respect The Water, It’s easier than you think to get into trouble in the water and around 190 people die in British and Irish waters each year.

If you’re going near the coast this summer consider the following:

  • Go to a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.
  • Before going into the sea, consider your ability and the conditions; swimming in the sea is very different to swimming in a pool.
  • When you enter the water, take time to acclimatise to the water temperature.
  • Have someone watching you from the beach and make sure they have a means of calling for help
    Be aware of the dangers.
  • Know your limits and don’t take risks.
  • Go with your mates and look out for each other.

For more information visit the RNLI’s Respect The Water website or search ‘Respect The Water’ on social media.


Meet Mick French and his scrap-built Dalek.

June 23rd, 2016 Posted in Fundraising & Events, With Pictures |

Meet Mick French and his scrap-built Dalek.

Mick, a school caretaker in Cramlington, built this impressive looking creation out of scrap materials including a cooking pot for the head and plungers for the arms.

When asked ‘why did you decide to build a dalek’ Mick answered ‘it’s just what i do, i just like making things’

Whilst working in the school a local protographer offered Mick £50 for the dalek which Mick accepted and decided to donate to the RNLI, a charity which he has always been a keen supporter of.

Thanks Mick and let us know what you decide to build next!

Mick French Built A Dalek

Mick French Built A Dalek From Scrap Materials

18/06/2016 6:48 PM *LAUNCH*

June 21st, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016 |

First launch for Blyth’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat following several 999 calls over fears of a person in difficulty half a mile out to sea from Seaton Sluice.

Members of the public on both the beach to the north of Seaton Sluice and from a higher vantage point near the Kings Arms pub called the coastguard on 999 after they were told of a person swimming out to sea to rescue a dog, by the time the calls were made the person was reported to be half a mile off shore and in difficulty.

Blyth’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched with three volunteer crew members on-board and made its way just over three miles south towards Seaton Sluice and upon arrival commenced a search of the areain 2m plus waves.

Also proceeding by road was the Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team who after speaking to members of the public on the beach were able to estsablish that there was nobody in difficulty and the original report was a case of mistaken identiy of a surfer.

Even though on this occasion it turned out that nobody was in distress, members of the public should be reminded that if they see anyone who they think maybe in diffuiculty around the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Dog owners are also urged to ‘Respect The Water’ if they find their own dog swimming out to sea, bear in mind that over half of the people who drown around the coastof the uk each year did not even intend to enter the water, so dial 999 and ask for the coastguard rather than putting yourself in danger.

RNLI Blyth’s volunteer lifeboat helmsman Graham Short who lead the search said that he thought this call out, the first time the newly stationed Atlantic 75 lifeboat had been launched on service from Blyth ‘went well’ and he noted that all of the extra hours put in by the team at Blyth were ‘starting to pay off”.
Graham also went on to say that he’d ‘much rather someone called the coastguard on 999 and it turned out to be a false alarm than not act and we end up not being able to save someone’

24/05/2016 7:20 PM *DIVERTED*

May 25th, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016 |

RNLI Blyth’s Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat was diverted from exercise to stand by whilst Cullercoats Atlantic 85 lifeboat responded to reports of 4 person in the water unable to make it back to shore on the north side of St Mary’s island, Whitley Bay.

The call was confirmed as a false alarm with good intent as the group in the water turned out to be a regular snorkelers in the area.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and Blyth’s D Class inshore lifeboat also attended.

VIDEO – Watch us training in surf on Sunday morning

May 18th, 2016 Posted in Crew Training, With Video |

VIDEO – Watch us training in surf on Sunday morning

Timetable of events for Open Day – Saturday 4th June

May 16th, 2016 Posted in Fundraising & Events |

Event Start 11:30am

‘Knobbly Knees’ for both juniors & adults to be judged at 12:30pm

Junior ‘Change for a Shout’ at 1:00pm

Best Pirate Dress to come to our Open Day to judged at 1:30pm

Raffle to be drawn at 3pm

08/05/2016 12:30 PM *DIVERTED*

May 10th, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016, With Pictures |

Both of Blyth’s inshore lifeboats were called out today after a local fishing boat became grounded on rocks just to the north of Blyth.
A 28 foot coble White Heather, with three persons on-board, called Humber Coastguard for assistance after they became stranded on the rocks behind Blyth’s east pier.

Both the newly operational Atlantic 75 and the stations existing D Class inshore lifeboat attended the incident, The larger Atlantic 75 lifeboat with three volunteer crew on-board was first on scene as it was already out on a regular training exercise but could not get close enough to establish a tow so the D Class inshore lifeboat with its shallower draft was able to get a tow rope across and the White Heather was pulled clear of the rocks.

A lifeboat crewman was placed on the casualty vessel to ensure the crew’s safety during the tow back to the River Blyth.
Blyth coastguards and the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also in attendance at the incident.

Blyth lifeboat rescue. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography

Blyth lifeboat rescue. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography


VIDEO – MAYDAY 2016 is here…

April 24th, 2016 Posted in Fundraising & Events, With Video |

Blyth #RNLI shop open this weekend – Sunday 1pm until 4pm

April 22nd, 2016 Posted in Fundraising & Events, With Pictures |

Our ‪#‎RNLI‬ lifeboat shop is open this weekend, Sunday from 1pm until 4pm. All money raised goes towards saving lives at sea.


HRH Sophie Countess of Wessex as she visited ‪#‎Blyth

April 20th, 2016 Posted in Station News, With Pictures |

Today some of the Crew had the pleasure of meeting HRH Sophie Countess of Wessex as she visited ‪#‎Blyth‬ and the Tall Ship Project. She spent time talking to us and took an interest in what roles we all played at the Station and said “Thank You” for work that we do in saving lives at sea ‪#‎RNLI‬

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