Date: Sunday August 18 2013

Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat requested to assist a yacht which had lost steering one mile south east of Blyth Harbour entrance.

Shortly before 1pm and whilst already on a regular training exercise in Seaton Sluice harbour, Humber Coastguard requested that the volunteer crew of Blyth’s RNLI inshore lifeboat go to the assistance of the Mischife, a 7 meter yacht with steering failure located approximately one mile south east of Blyth Harbour entrance.

The lifeboat made its way north, approximately 3 miles from Seaton Sluice harbour towards the Mischife and was quickly alongside. Once assessing the situation it was decided it would be safest to place a crew member from the lifeboat onboard the yacht and for it to continue toBlythHarbour using its emergency steering.

Once inside the harbour a tow was quickly rigged and the Mischife was taken to the visitors moorings in the south harbour,Port ofBlyth.

Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) John Scott said ‘it was good that the crewman on the yacht was prepared for such an event and able to use his emergency steering‘

Mr Scott also commented ‘anyone interested in receiving some of the RNLI’s free sea safety advice covering such topics as how to rig emergency steering can contact me on blyth@rnli.org.uk