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”.

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Blyth Lifeboat towing the Arbelos into Blyth Harbour

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

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Arbelos tying up to the RNYC visitors berth