Date: Thursday December 05 2013

Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat launched to a vessel broken free from its moorings and rescues a dog from the water.



Blyth’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard shortly before 9:30pm Thursday December 5th 2013 to go to the assistance of the Spirit of Blyth & Wansbeck which had become free from its moorings on the Dunn Cow Quay in the Port of Blyth.

The lifeboat was quickly launched and was alongside the vessel in a few minutes, it was discovered that the vessel was undergoing some repairs to its electrical systems so was unable to be started and moved under its own power. A decision was made to take the vessel to a mooring in the South Harbour, Port of Blyth and a tow was rigged.

Whilst approaching the intended mooring the lifeboat was called by Humber Coastguard who had taken a 999 call from a man whose dog had jumped into the water in Blyth’s South Harbour and the dog was unable to get out.

The lifeboat crew let go of the tow and proceeded to rescue the dog before returning to tow the Spirit of Blyth & Wansbeck onto the moorings and re-unite the dog with its owner.

The vessel appeared to have become detached from its moorings due to the unusually high tide and storm surge which 4 hours earlier had flooded Blyth Lifeboat Station and most of Blyth Quayside.