Date – September 6th 2008
Launch Time – 18:16
Incident – Blyth Lifeboat tasked to assist in flood relief effort’s in Morpeth Northumberland.
Outcome – The crew of Blyth RNLI Lifeboat were requested to assemble at station and take the Inshore IB1 Lifeboat ‘Jennie B’ via road to Morpeth Northumberland.

The crew left Blyth Lifeboat Station at approximatly 18:30 and arrived in Morpeth at 19:05. The crew were tasked by both the Fire Brigade and Humber Coastguard on 4 seperate sorties into the flooded area and brought 2 males, 5 females, 4 dogs and 2 cats to the arranged landing area. The rescued were then taken by other personnel involved in the operation to a reception centre.

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As the floods receded the Lifeboat was stood down and returned to Station in Blyth at 23.45 hours where she was again made ready for service in saving lives at sea.

The RNLI teams at Morpeth in addition to Blyth included the RNLI Flood Rescue team, and crews from Amble Lifeboat, Newbiggin Lifeboat and Redcar Lifeboat.

The RNLI Blyth Operations Manager said ‘This incident was different from the crew’s normal service of saving lives at sea, and the crew were able to exploit their training in rescuing people in flooded Morpeth. Although our lifeboat was several miles inland the RNLI had several lifeboats on the coast which were available to undertake any rescues  should the case have arisen’.

Press contact for RNLI Blyth is Mr R G Elwen  01670 354 568