Date – Saturday, July 31st 2010
Launch Time – 12:39
Incident – Blyth’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard at 12:39 following a 999 call from the crew of the “Sea Otter” who had suffered mechanical failure with 3 persons onboard, The “Sea Otter” reported its position as “1 mile east and 1 mile north of Blyth Harbour entrance”.
The Lifeboat was launched at 12:48 and made its way to the position given by 12:57. Upon arrival and speaking to 2 boats in the area, the casualty vessel “Sea Otter” could not be located.
Following a search lasting approimatly 1 hour which included several more mobile telephone calls between Humber Coastguard and the crew of the “Sea Otter” the lifeboat finally located the casualty vessel 6 miles north and 2 miles east of Church Point, Newbiggin.
Once itn was established that everyone onboard was safe and well, the lifeboat took “Sea Otter” under tow for approximatly 1.5 hours back to Blyth Boating Association where they were met by Blyth Coastguard Mobile Unit.
The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for serivce again by 16:00.