Date – Monday July 23rd 2012
Launch Time – 15:11
Incident – HM Coastguard called out the RNLI Blyth lifeboat Alan and Amy to and go search an area near the West Pier Port of Blyth after a member of the public reported that some one may be hanging from the stern of a boat or have fallen from a boat.
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat was launched at 3.11 pm 23rd July 2012 and reached the scene near the West Pier Blyth at 3.26 pm. The RNLI Blyth lifeboat went alongside the small craft and found that a shirt was hanging over the outboard engine. There appeared To be no one in the water near that boat. Near by there was a fishing boat and the RNLI crew went alongside that fishing boat and checked that no one was missing from the fishing boat.
After a further search of the area was made and no one was found the HM Coastguard stood the lifeboat down.
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat then returned to station at 3.47 pm and was ready for service at 4.05 pm
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat Operations Manager John Scott said, ‘It may have been a warm day but the North Sea is still very cold and it was preferable that the Member of the Public raised the alarm because if any one had been in the sea they could have soon be in difficulty.’