Whilst out on a routine training exercise on Tuesday evening the volunteer crew of Blyth RNLI B Class inshore lifeboat were requested by Humber Coastguard to asssit in the search for a missing Coble named Team Spirit.

The three volunteer crew on-board the stations Atlantic 75 lifeboat proceeded to search to the south as far as the entrance to the River Tyne.

The crew then recevied a further update to proceed back towards Seaton Sluice to check on reports that the vessel was there. Before they managed to reach the harbour confirmation was received that the local mobile HM coastguard unit had found the coble and that all was ok.
The lifeboat crew were then stood down and returned to back to the lifeboat station where the refuelling took place and the boat made ready for service.
Volunteer Helmsman Steven Fitch said: ‘We were asked to assist in locating a coble named Team Spirit and thankfully this turned out to be a search with a good outcome and vital experience for the crew who manned the lifeboat that evening.’