RNLI – Blyth Lifeboat Station

Operating both D Class and Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboats – The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Month: March 2017

RNLI safety warning as north of England rescue figures are released

In 2016 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboats in the north of England launched more than 1,000 times. As the Easter holidays approach, and in a bid to reduce this year’s rescue statistics, the charity is urging people to take extra care at the coast. RNLI statistics issued today (Wednesday 29 March) show that volunteer lifeboat crews at the 33 lifeboat stations* in the north of England launched 1,032 times last year, an increase of more than 8% on 2015 when there were 954 launches. The charity’s lifeguards on 38 beaches in the north* also saw an increase in the incidents that they attended with 2,398 incidents in 2016 compared to 2,065 in 2015. Nationally, the number of lifeboat launches around the coast has increased from 2015 to 8,851 in 2016 (a five year high) and lifeguard incidents are also at an increase from last year to 17,414. The charity’s lifesavers saved 558 people’s lives last year and helped nearly 30,000 people. Following the release of the statistics, the charity wants to equip more people with the knowledge and skills to avoid trouble in the first place and to understand what to do should they find themselves or others in danger in the water. Darren Lewis, RNLI Lifesaving Manager said: ‘In 2016, our charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards in the north of England saved 64 lives. The figures from...

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Blyth RNLI on training exercise, diverts to sand dune fire

On the evening of Tuesday 14 March 2017 the volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were out on a routine training exercise in the Blyth Bay area. One of the volunteer crew noticed what appeared to be a fire on the beach and the crew alerted UK Coastguard to that fact and proceeded to the shoreline to take a closer look. The D Class inshore lifeboat was put onto the beach which enabled one of the crew members to investigate further and ensure that there was no-one requiring any assistance. Whilst this was happening,Helmsman Scott Delf radioed the co-ordinates of the fire to UK Coastguard who in turn informed the Fire Service. At the scene of the fire, contact was made with Northumbria Police and the Fire Service and having confirmed that no further assistance could be provided by the RNLI the crew member returned to the lifeboat. The volunteer crew then proceeded to leave the beach and continue with the planned training for that evening.  ...

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RNLI Blyth Lifeboat

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    about 3 days ago
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    about 6 days ago