Date: Wednesday February 12 2014

Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat launched to a person in the water, Blyth Quayside

The volunteer crew of Blyth’s RNLI inshore lifeboat were requested to launch by Humber Coastguard shortly before 1pm Wednesday 12 February 2014 following a report from Northumbria Police of a person in the water at Commissioners Quay, Blyth.

The lifeboat launched shortly after 1pm and arrived on the scene, a short distance up river from the lifeboat station, within a minute. Police officers directed the crew to the location and a member of the lifeboat crew entered the water to recover the casualty onto the lifeboat.

The lifeboat crew, who had only a few weeks prior completed an update to their RNLI Casualty Care qualifications, administered CPR and oxygen whilst awaiting the arrival of a paramedic on-board a rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Paramedics in a land ambulance arrived shortly after and took over the casualty care at which point the rescue helicopter was stood down. Also in attendance were members of Blyth Coastguard team who had prepared a landing site for the helicopter.

The lifeboat was made ready again for the next call by 2pm.

Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) John Scott said ‘I was pleased to see a quick response from the volunteer crew’.

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