Blyth’s inshore lifeboat was launched today Saturday 28 February 2015 just before 2pm to go to the assistance of the ‘Julie Karin’ a 31ft fishing boat from Blyth with two persons on-board. The ‘Julie Karin’ had suffered mechanical failure approximately three miles east of Blyth.

The lifeboat with three volunteer crew on-board was quickly launched and reached the ‘Julie Karin’ shortly after 2:15pm, a tow was rigged and a tow which took just over an hour to complete commenced back to Blyth.

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for the next call by 4pm.

Lifeboat crew member Scott Galloway said “the fact that the crew of the Julie Karin had a VHF radio and knew how to use it made the difference, it meant they were easily able to contact the coastguard to raise the alarm when they needed help, they were also able to speak directly to the lifeboat crew as they left Blyth to confirm their exact position”