Date: Sunday June 22 2014
Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat launched following reports of a red flare in River Blyth.
Whilst preparing to launch the stations inshore lifeboat on a regular training exercise some of the volunteer crew at RNLI Blyth spotted a red distress flare in the sky up river of the lifeboat station. The crew quickly contacted Humber Coastguard who had also taken a call from a member of the public reporting the flare.
The lifeboat was launched at 11:20am and proceeded to search up the river Blyth and around Blyth Boating Association, they spoke to a person on the shore at the boating association who had not seen anything.
A decision was made by the lifeboat crew that due to the wind direction the flare could have originated out to sea in Cambois Bay, The lifeboat made its way out of the River Blyth and into Cambois Bay where they spoke to two kayak fishermen who confirmed that from their point of view the flare had clearly come from inside the river.
New information was received by Humber Coastguard which led to a conclusion that the flare had originated from on-shore and as nothing untoward had been found by the lifeboat crew or Blyth coastguard team, both were stood down.
The lifeboat was also requested to launch the next day (Monday June 23 2014) at 5:28pm following a 999 call to Humber Coastguard reporting three 12yr old children in difficulty in the sea off Seaton Sluice but was stood down as a member of the public had successfully rescued the children from the water. Blyth Coastguard Team attended the scene and provided first aid until the ambulance service arrived.
Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) Paul Raine said ‘This weekend has turned out to be a very busy few days for the crew here at Blyth with six call outs in only four days’.