Date – Tuesday, July 20th 2010
Launch Time – 21:33
Incident – Blyth’s inshore lifeboat was called out by HM Coastguard at 21.33 hours on 20th July 2010 following a report of a person in the River Blyth at Blyth Boating Association Moorings.
The lifeboat was launched at 21.37 hours and reached the scene at 21.39 hours. The crew discovered two people onboard a fishing boat, one of who had been in the water after the tender he was attempting to board had capsized.
The lifeboat crew took both persons ashore and handed them over to the waiting Blyth Coastguard unit. After ensuring both persons were safe and well the lifeboat returned to the scene, re-righted the tender and took it back to shore.
Blyth Lifeboat Station Operations Manager John Scott said ‘The weather and visibility conditions at the time were very poor and the casualty was quickly found as the lifeboat had just returned from an exercise in the dark’.
The lifeboat returned to station at 22.05 hours and was ready for service again at 22.30hours.