Date – September 5th 2008
Launch Time – 20:29
Incident – Motor Cruiser with propellor fouled on lobster pot marker.
Outcome – The crew of Blyth’s RNLI Blyth Lifeboat ‘Jennie B’ were called out by HM Coastguard to go to the assistance of a Motor Cruiser with 5 persons onboard, with its propeller fouled on lobster pots approximately one and a half miles south of Blyth’s East Pier Light.
The Lifeboat was launched at 20:37 hours and after searching the area reached the 28ft motor cruiser at 21:05 hours. A member of the lifeboat crew went into the sea to free the fouled propeller and the casualty was taken in tow at 21:20 hours.
The lifeboat towed the casualty to a mooring in the upper harbour at Port of Blyth and at 22:20 hours the lifeboat crew ensured that the motor cruiser was moored and the 5 persons were safe.
The lifeboat then returned to station at 22:25 hours and was ready for service at 22:45 hours.
The Lifeboat Operations Manager at Blyth said ‘It is understood that the crew of the motor cruiser attempted to use flares to assist the Lifeboat Crew in locating them but the flares did not work. It is important that crews of boats going to sea ensure that the safety equipment they are carrying is in date and in working order.’