Date – Friday July 1st 2011
Launch Time – 17:25
Incident – HM Coastguard called out Blyth Lifeboat at 17:25 to go to the assistance of a Dutch Yacht “Arbelos” on passage from Whitby to Blyth, with two persons onboard. The Dutch crew of the yacht, are on a cruise of Britain, when the craft suffered engine failure approximately a quarter of a mile NE of the yellow mine can buoy near St. Mary’s Island.

The lifeboat reached the scene at 17:46 and went alongside the casualty. After checking that the two persons were uninjured the yacht was taken in tow at 17:48. The casualty was towed to a berth at the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club Marina, South Harbour, Port of Blyth. After making sure the Yacht was secured at a berth in the marina, the  lifeboat left the casualty and returned to station at 18:46 and was ready for service again at 19:15.

Blyth Lifeboat Operations Manager Mr. John Scott said “The rescue went smoothly in the good weather conditions, and I hope the Dutch couple have a pleasant stay in Blyth and enjoy their cruise around Britain”.


Blyth Lifeboat towing the Arbelos into Blyth Harbour


Arbelos beign manouvered onto the RNYC visitors berth
(The lifeboat is along the starboard side)


Arbelos tying up to the RNYC visitors berth