Date – Friday March 25th 2011
Launch Time – 10:25
Incident – Blyth’s inshore Lifeboat was called out by HM Coastguard to go and search for a man reported to be missing at South Beach Blyth.
The Lifeboat was launched at 10:29 and at 10:32 began a search of the area from Blyth Harbour piers south towards Seaton Sluice whilst the Cullercoats Lifeboat was requested to search from St Mary’s Island, Whitley Bay north towards Blyth.
At 10:47 it was reported that the man had been found safe and well at the Car Park, South Beach, Blyth. It was understood that the man had planned to go swimming in training for a Triathlon race but after his wife had arrived at South Beach and could not find him, she called for help.
Both Blyth & Cullercoats lifeboats were then stood down and returned to their stations.
A rescue helicopter which had been requested and just taken off from RAF Boulmer was also stood down.
Blyth lifeboat was ready for service again at 11.00 am.
The RNLI Blyth Lifeboat Operations Manager Mr. John Scott said “I can understand the wife being anxious and that it was better to call for help sooner rather than later. in different circumstances, Later might have been too late”.