Date: Sunday August 10 2014

Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat searches the river Blyth following multiple sightings of a red distress flare.

Just 30 minutes after returning from a training exercise the volunteer crew of Blyth lifeboat were paged following several sightings of a red distress flare in the river Blyth.

The lifeboat was launched at 3:35pm and proceeded to search up the river Blyth and around Blyth Boating Association where the crew spoke to several members of the public and boat owners, some of who had also seen the flare.

Blyth coastguard team, who had also been requested to attend, conducted a search of the south end of Cambois bay and Blyth’s east pier.

Once it was apparent that there were no signs of anyone in difficulty the lifeboat and coastguard team were stood down.

Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) Ronnie Hatcher said ‘It was good to see the crew attending the station quickly when paged having only locked the door when leaving a few minutes earlier’.

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Photo Credit – RNLI Blyth
Video Credit – RNLI Blyth