Date – Saturday May 21st 2011
Launch Time – 14:40
Incident – Blyth’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard after a member of the public reported seeing an inflatable dinghy with one person onboard who appeared to be in difficulty off South Beach, Blyth.

The lifeboat launched at 14:48 and reached the scene at 14:59. The person onboard the dinghy had been able to restart the engine and it seemed to be working correctly. While at the scene the lifeboat crew noticed that the man had blood on his hands so they checked that the person had not suffered any serious injury. After the person on the dinghy had refused any further assistance the lifeboat left the scene at 15:04.

The lifeboat returned to station at 15:10 and was ready for service again at 15:25.

Blyth Lifeboat Operations Manager Mr. John Scott said “I would again like to thank the members of the public who observed the incident and promptly alerted the rescue services”