Date: Sunday September 01 2013

Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) first shout for Blyth’s new helmsman.

Whilst in charge of his first training exercise Blyth’s newly qualified volunteer helmsman Kevin Alsey takes charge of his first rescue, towing an 8 metre fishing boat which had run out of fuel.

 RNLI Blyth - First Shout For Blyth's New Helmsman

Shortly after 11:30am Sunday September 01 2013, Blyth’s inshore lifeboat Alan & Amy was out on its first training exercise under the command of newly qualified helmsman Kevin Alsey when Humber Coastguard contacted the crew and requested they go to the assistance of the 8 metre fishing vessel Tide Mark which had run out of fuel approximately three quarters of a mile south of Blyth Harbour entrance.

Kevin, who had only become qualified as a helmsman the previous week, quickly ended the planned training exercise and took the lifeboat to the scene. Upon arrival it was decided the best course of action would be to provide Tide Mark with a tow back toBlythHarbour where it could be re-fuelled and then continue on its intended journey to the River Tyne.

Once the Tide Mark was safely moored up onBlyth’s Commissioners Quay the lifeboat returned to station and the crew made it ready for service again by 12:30pm.

Kevin said ‘The rescue went smoothly thanks to the skills of the crew I was with. The people on board the Tide Mark were right to ask for assistance using their VHF radio. My advice would always be to double check your fuel levels prior to heading out to sea’

Photo Credit – RNLIBlyth