Date – Wednesday November 7th 2012
Launch Time – 12:26
Incident – HM Coastguard called out the RNLI Blyth lifeboat and The Air Sea rescue helicopter to go to the assistance of a wind surfer, after a member of the public out walking on the beach had reported seeing the wind surfer in difficulty near Gloucester Lodge South Beach Blyth south of the Port of Blyth.
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat was launched at 12.26 pm 7th November 2012 and reached the scene at 12.31 pm. The RNLI Blyth lifeboat crew commenced to search the area and at 12.45 pm located the wind surfing equipment. The Air Sea rescue helicopter had also reached the scene and at 12.48 pm rescued the casualty from the sea and took the wind surfer to Wansbeck Hospital.
HM Coastguard in anticipation of a sea search for the casualty also called out the RNLI Cullercoats lifeboat but it was stood down after the report of the Air Sea rescue helicopter picking up the wind surfer.
The Newcastle University research vessel ‘Princess Royal’ was in the vicinity and the crew recovered the wind surfing equipment which was landed at the RNLI Blyth Lifeboat Station.
The crew of the RNLI Blyth Lifeboat are saddened to learn of the death of the wind surfer and express their sympathy and regrets to the wind surfers family.