Date: Friday July 04 2014

Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) inshore lifeboat launched following several 999 calls reporting a kite surfer and wind surfer in difficulty at Blyth Beach.



Blyth’s RNLI inshore lifeboat with three volunteer crew on-board was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard shortly before 3:15pm Friday July 04 2014 following several 999 calls reporting a kite surfer and a wind surfer who appeared to be in difficulty approximately 100m off-shore of the Dave Stephens Centre, Blyth Beach.

A crew member who was already at the station making arrangements for the upcoming Blyth Quayside Family Funday on Saturday September 6th got the inshore lifeboat ready to launch whilst awaiting the arrival of other crew.

The lifeboat launched and arrived at Blyth Beach, just offshore of the Dave Stephens Centre, a few minutes later to discover that both the kite surfer and the wind surfer had made their own way back to shore. The lifeboat crew confirmed that no medical treatment was required and that both were fit and well.

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

Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) John Scott said ‘I’m glad our lifeboat crew was able to quickly respond when needed and I’m glad that everything turned out to be alright‘.

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Photo credits RNLI Blyth
Video credits RNLI Blyth