Date – Friday July 15th 2011
Launch Time – 12:05
Incident – HM Coastguard called out the RNLI Blyth Lifeboat at 12:05 to go to the assistance of a Fishing Coble “Xmas Rose” with two persons just off South Beach Blyth, South of Blyth Harbour. The coble had suffered damage and was taking on water.
The Lifeboat was launched at 12:12 and reached the scene at 12:15. The crew then checked that the fisherman were not injured and HM Coastguard requested that the lifeboat stand by to await the arrival of the Blyth Volunteer All Weather Lifeboat which had also been called out because it had pumping equipment onboard. After the arrival of the All Weather Lifeboat, the portable water pump was put aboard the casualty. It was found that there was a shortage of fuel for the pump so HM Coastguard then requested that the RNLI Blyth lifeboat return to station to get some extra fuel form the salvage pump. In addition the inshore lifeboat collected extra RNLI lifeboat crew to be taken out to give more assistance to the fishing coble.
The All Weather Lifeboat was instructed to tow the coble, while the RNLI Blyth lifeboat was requested by the Coastguard to escort the operation. After the crew of the cobel had made some temporary repairs to the holes in the hull the tow commenced at approximately 13:29. At about 13:45 the All Weather Lifeboat lost power on one of its engines after the tow rope had fouled a propeller. The RNLI inshore Lifeboat went alongside the casualty and took over the towing operation.
The fishing coble was towed to a berth in the South Harbour Port of Blyth and was met by an HM Coastguard mobile patrol. The RNLI Lifeboat Crew made sure the coble was securely moored and that the two fishermen were safe, then left the casualty and returned to station.
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 15:00.
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat Operations Manager Mr. John Scott said “This rescue seemed to have changing circumstances during the operations but the comprehensive training of RNLI Lifeboat Crews enabled the crew members to react smoothly with these changes”