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

*Launch* Blyth RNLI launched to reports of a person in the water in Blyth Bay

October 13th, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |
On Friday 13 October volunteer crew members responded to their pagers at 00.40am.
Both the Blyth RNLI inshore lifeboats were launched at 00.45am and were requested by UK Coastguard to search in the Blyth Bay area for a person seen in the water.
With Northumbria Police searching the shoreline and both Blyth RNLI inshore lifeboats in Blyth Bay,the D Class inshore lifeboat located and recovered the casualty after a short period of time.
The casualty was then transferred to the B Class inshore lifeboat for them to be taken back to the Lifeboat Station to receive medical attention as quickly as possible.
The casualty was handed over to the North East Ambulance Service who were standing by at Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Station along with the local UK Coastguard Unit.
The inshore lifeboats were made ready for service at 01.18am

*Launch* Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI responded to a request from UK Coastguard to assist in a search for a missing person at Old Hartley.

September 21st, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |

The volunteer crew were paged at 1.33pm on Monday 18 September by UK Coastguard and both inshore lifeboats were launched shortly afterwards and were requested to search for a missing person who had last been seen on the cliff path between Seaton Sluice and Old Hartley.

Upon arriving on scene at 1.48pm both the lifeboats searched from Collywell Bay, Seaton Sluice south towards St Mary’s Island.

The D Class inshore lifeboat Eric Howland due to the sea conditions was able to search closer to the rocks that were in the area.

Working closely with the UK Coastguard team and other agencies the search continued with both inshore lifeboats heading north from St Mary’s Island towards Crag Point.

Reports then were received over the radio that the missing person had been found safe and well at Blyth Beach by Northumbria Police.

UK Coastguard then stood down the volunteer crews at 2.06pm and they were allowed to return to the Station were both boats were made ready for service.

Change of D Class inshore lifeboat at Blyth RNLI

September 19th, 2017 Posted in Station News |

To maintain the search and rescue capability of our inshore lifeboats they are periodically sent away to RNLI Headquarters for a refit. Our D Class inshore lifeboat Alan & Amy is currently going through this process and was sent away last Friday and has been replaced on station by D-809 Eric Howland.


Blyth Coffee Morning Saturday 16th September

September 9th, 2017 Posted in Fundraising & Events |

Blyth Coffee Morning Saturday 11th February

Lifeboat Open Day Raffle Prize Winners

August 9th, 2017 Posted in Fundraising & Events |

Please find attached details of the Lifeboat Open Day Raffle Prize Winners

Congratulations to you and you can pick your prize up by bring your ticket to the lifeboat station on a Tuesday evening from 6pm when the crew train or on a Sunday afternoon from 1pm-4pm from our Lifeboat Shop situation at the Lifeboat Station

Thank you to all who supported us


Lifeboat Open Day Raffle Prize Winners August 2017

Thousands turn out to support Blyth RNLI Open Day

August 9th, 2017 Posted in Fundraising & Events |
On Saturday 5 August despite the weather trying its best to put people off coming out to see all the attractions and the volunteer crew on the lifeboats, there was a fantastic turnout to support the local lifeboat station during the charity’s Open Day.
There was plenty for everyone to see and this year saw the event take place between Ridley Park and the Lifeboat Station itself on Quay Road in Blyth.
The Friends of Ridley Park had been very accommodating and this meant that stalls were positioned around the Park and with Beach Hut Radio, NAMCO Ten Pin Bowling and the Northumbria Army Cadet Force Cassino Band all providing entertainment in the Park.
This then led visitors to other attractions situated on East Park View including colleagues from other Emergency Services and fun fair rides and the Army with their MLRS(Multiple Launch Rocket System) on display.
Ferguson’s of Blyth kindly allowed their vintage vehicles to be on display outside the lifeboat station.
Volunteer RNLI crew were on the River Blyth to display the capabilities of the two inshore lifeboats that are based at the station and were joined by visiting RNLI lifeboats from Cullercoats and Tynemouth.
The Mayor of Blyth visited the event which was supported by both Blyth Town Council and Northumberland County Council.
In the afternoon the ultimate winner of the water safety poster competition was announced and the entry was submitted by 10 year old, Rihanna Langan from Horton Grange Primary School. She was treated to a VIP day at the event and even got to join the crew on the B Class inshore lifeboat, that was on display on dry land, for a photo.
Adam Dixon, Volunteer Helmsman and Event Manager for the Open Day said: ‘It was great to see so many people come and support us.The RNLI is a charity and the fundraising at events like this enable us to continue to save lives at sea. I’m delighted to say that we raised just over £4000 on the day, a fantastic achievement.’
He went on to say: ‘I’d like to thank everyone that has helped and supported us to enable the event to take place, from the local residents to businesses to all the attractions and stall holders that turned up on the day and not forgetting the volunteers that are involved with Blyth RNLI who make this event happen.’

Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Open Day 5th August 11am-4pm

July 27th, 2017 Posted in Fundraising & Events |

We hope you come and join us on Saturday 5th August from 11am-4pm at our Lifeboat Open Day.

There will be lots to see and a chance to meet the Volunteer Lifeboat Crew and see the Lifeboats at the Station.

Plenty of other attractions with colleagues from other Emergency Services attending

Some for all the family and we hope to see you there

*Launch*Blyth RNLI come to the aid of vessel requiring assistance

July 27th, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |

On Saturday 22 July the volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI, whilst attending the North Blyth Harbour Day, provided assistance to a grounded fishing vessel.

The volunteer crew had been on the River Blyth in the B Class inshore lifeboat the Vic & Billie Whiffen to attend the North Blyth Harbour day and had noticed a vessel that was grounded on the west side of the river by the old ferry landing.

Having spoken to the owner who was on board it was decided that the inshore lifeboat would attend the event and come back to the vessel later when the tide would allow the vessel to be taken under tow.

Having attended the Harbour Day where the RNLI had been raising awareness of the work its does, together with a stall, the volunteer crew returned to the casualty vessel.

The volunteer crew informed UK Coastguard of the situation and a tow was established with the vessel and once safely afloat, the vessel was able to start its engine and make its own way to its mooring.

The inshore lifeboat then returned to the lifeboat station at 2pm and made ready for service.

*Launch* Blyth RNLI respond to Mayday message

July 27th, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |

Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were paged on Friday 21 July at 2.05pm by UK Coastguard

The UK Coastguard had requested Blyth RNLI to launch in response to a ‘Mayday’ radio message received.

The B Class inshore lifeboat Vic & Bille Whiffen was launched at 2.15pm and headed to the casualty vessel that was half a mile east from the Dave Stephens Centre at South Beach Blyth.

The cabin cruiser was quickly located and found to be suffering from engine problems.

The volunteer crew set up a tow and soon had the cabin cruiser moored at South Harbour Blyth.

The Inshore Lifeboat then returned to Station and was made ready for service at 3pm.


*Launch* Blyth RNLI volunteer crew paged at 00.29 on Wednesday 18 July

July 21st, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |

Blyth RNLI volunteer crew paged at 00.29 on Wednesday 18 July

The volunteer crew had been requested by UK Coastguard and the Port of Blyth to come to the aid of a stricken vessel in the River Blyth

The Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat the Vic & Billie Whiffen was launched at 00.34 and proceeded north up the River Blyth towards the ash dock where the stricken angling boat was located.

The casualty vessel had suffered mechanical failure and were not far from returning to their moorings.

The inshore lifeboat proceeded to tow the vessel to Blyth Boating Association where it was safely secured at 00.54.

The volunteer crew then returned to the lifeboat station and the Atlantic 75 was made ready for service at 1.10am


Library image of Blyth RNLI Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat

RNLI/Robin Palmer