Date – December 18th 2008
Launch Time – 17:33
Incident – the Blyth Lifeboat ‘Jennie B’ was called out by HM Coastguard at 17.33 hours to go to the assistance of two persons stranded onboard a 33ft coble in the Upper Harbour at the Port of Blyth. The two persons had boarded the coble from their tender and then discovered that the tender had gone adrift.

The Lifeboat was launched at 17.44 hours and reached the casualty at 17.56 hours. The crew of the lifeboat checked that the two persons onboard the coble were safe, and then made a search of the immediate harbour area for the tender to ensure that the craft would not become a danger to other craft navigating in the harbour in the dark.

As the tender was not found during the initial search of the area, the lifeboat crew returned to the coble and took the two persons to safety at the River Blyth Boating Association Club premises at 18.13 hours.

The crew of the RNLI Blyth lifeboat then resumed the search for the tender. At 18.22 hours the tender was located near the western end of the Alcan Terminal and towed to the Blyth Lifeboat Station. The tender was later collected by the owner and taken back up river.

The Lifeboat returned to station at 18.34 hours and was ready for service at 19.00 hours.

Blyth’s Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘The weather was good and the rescue went smoothly and efficiently, but the incident showed that care should be taken when working on boats and craft during the hours of darkness.’