Date – Saturday August 20th 2011
Launch Time – 13:45
Incident – HM Coastguard called out the RNLI Blyth Lifeboat Jennie B at 13:45 on 20th August 2011 to go to the assistance of a canoeist reported to be in difficulties east of the East Pier Blyth Harbour.
Blyth’s inshore Lifeboat was launched at 13:50 to go to the assistance of a canoeist who was reported to be in the sea off the east pier Port of Blyth after his kayak had capsized. The crew of the yacht Akira had seen the incident as they were making for the RNYC marina in the Port of Blyth and went to see if they could help the canoeist.
The lifeboat reached the scene not far off the East Pier light, Blyth Harbour at 13:54 and went along side the yacht, checked and assessed the condition of the canoeistand then took him and his kayak onboard.
At 14:05 the casualty was landed at South Beach Blyth to a point near the Band Stand.
On reaching the beach at the canoeist was handed to the care of the HM Coastguard mobile patrol and Blyth lifeboat then left the beach and returned to station and was ready for service again at 14:45.
The Blyth Lifeboat Operations Manager Mr. John Scott said ‘It may have been a lovely sunny afternoon, but if the crew of the yacht had not been close by and lifted the canoeist from the sea the canoeist may have suffered the effects of the cold north sea’.