Date – Wednesday, July 14th 2010
Launch Time – 07:58
Incident – Blyth Inshore Lifeboat was called out by HM Coastguard at 07.58 hours 14th July 2010 to search Blyth Bay south of the Port of Blyth after HM Coastguard received a ‘May Day’, call. A more precise location was difficult to pinpoint due to communication with caller being lost.
The Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 08.07 hours and commenced searching the bay at 08.10 hours, the crew of the Lifeboat carried out the search as directed by HM Coastguard. As the search continued Blyth lifeboat was joined by Tynemouth All Weather Lifeboat and Newbiggin inshore Lifeboat.
The conditions were not good and the search was made in rough seas and poor visibility. The extensive search by the RNLI lifeboats had not found any casualty and at 09.20 hours when HM Coastguard called off the search and the lifeboats returned to station.
The Blyth Station Operations Manager John Scott said ‘The search was carried out in poor visibility and the training of the crews of the RNLI lifeboats enabled them to work together professionally ’.