Date – Monday, September 28th 2009
Launch Time – 14:42
Incident – Blyth lifebaot was called out by HM Coastguard at 14:42 hours 28th September 2009 to assist the fishing boat ‘Fortune’, reported to be taking in water about 5 miles east of the Port of Blyth. However, there was some uncertainty about the precise location of the fishing boat.

The Lifeboat was launched at 14:52 hours along with Tynemouth All Weather Lifeboat and a Search & Rescue Helicopter.

Blyth Lifeboat was expected to reach the scene first and take off her crew to ensure their safety then Tynemouth All Weather Lifeboat with pumping capacity would take action to pump out the water and take ‘fortune’ in tow.

When the Search & Rescue Helicopter arrived in the vicinity they found that the fishing boat was actually located east of the River Tyne at which point Blyth lifeboat was stood down.

Blyth Lifeboat returned to station at 15:16 hours and was made ready for service again by 15:30 hours.

Blyth’s Lifeboat Operations Manager John Scott said, “This service call is a good example of RNLI Lifeboat Crews working together to save lives at sea.”