Date – Monday July 23rd 2012
Launch Time – 19:12
Incident – HM Coastguard called out the RNLI Blyth lifeboat Alan and Amy to rescue a person seen to go into the water and hanging from an inflatable dingy in the River Blyth across the river from the RNLI Lifeboat Station.
A leisure fisherman fishing from the Commissioners Quay Port of Blyth spotted a man in an inflatable dinghy going into the water and then hang onto the dinghy. The casualty was then blown against the East Pier Port Of Blyth, across the river from the RNLI Lifeboat Station.
The fisherman called the Harbour Master’s Office at the Port of Blyth. The officer on duty called the HM Coastguard. A fishing vessel the Crystal River was near by and stayed there until the lifeboat arrived.
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat was launched at 7.19 pm 23rd July 2012 and reached the scene at 7.20 pm. The Lifeboat Crew found the man hanging onto his dinghy and immediately took him on board the lifeboat. The casualty appeared to be exhausted, first aid was administered, and an ambulance called.
The RNLI Blyth lifeboat returned to the station pontoon to await the ambulance, the exhausted man was transferred to the ambulance and taken to hospital.
The crew of the lifeboat then crossed the River Blyth to recover the inflatable dinghy that could become a hazard to navigation.
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat then returned to station at 7.50 pm and was ready for service by 8.15 pm
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat Operations Manager John Scott said, ‘It was very fortunate that the man and his dinghy had been seen to be in danger and the Coastguard and Lifeboat were called. ’