Operating both D Class and Atlantic 75 RNLI inshore lifeboats – The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

13/01/2017 2.20 pm *LAUNCH*

January 13th, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |

Blyth RNLI volunteer crew rescue a stricken fisherman who was cut off due to the sea conditions.

Blyth RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 2.20pm by UK Coastguard to assist the local UK Coastguard team in reaching a fisherman that was at the end of the East Pier at Blyth.

Both the station’s inshore lifeboats were launched and reached the fisherman shortly afterwards who was found to be sheltering by the lighthouse.
Once on scene it was deemed that due to the conditions caused by the tidal surge and the rising tide that the assistance of the UK Coastguard helicopter would be required.
The volunteer crew kept watch on the fisherman and were joined alongside by the Blyth pilot boat.
Due to the worsening conditions and with the aid of the Blyth pilot boat a crew member from one of the inshore lifeboats was transferred onto the pier and they made their way along the pier to make contact with the casualty.
Upon reaching the casualty and securing a lifejacket on them it was decided due to the changing weather conditions and high tide approaching that there was the possibility that the crew member and fisherman would be swamped and at risk of being washed off the pier.
The crew member whilst watching the oncoming waves escorted the casualty back along the pier to a point where they could board the pilot boat and return to safety.
Both lifeboats then escorted the pilot boat back to the lifeboat station and the fisherman was handed over to awaiting local UK Coastguard unit.
Graham Short, Helmsman of the B Class Inshore Lifeboat Vic & Billie Whiffen said : ‘The conditions were very challenging this afternoon and especially as we were aware of the high tide due. We’d urge people to think about the weather conditions and the warnings that were given out before making a decision as to whether they are going to potentially put themselves at risk. We are glad that this ended with a safe conclusion.’










23/12/2016 23.34PM *LAUNCH*

December 24th, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016 |

Search after a report of a missing fisherman at Blyth Harbour

Volunteer crew members from Blyth RNLI responded to reports of a fisherman in the water off of a pier at the entrance to Blyth harbour.

The crew were first alerted by their pagers at 23.34pm on Friday 23rd December and both the B and D class inshore lifeboats were launched and were at the scene shortly afterwards.

Both the lifeboats were then involved in a multi agency search co-ordinated by UK Coastguard.

The all-weather lifeboat from Amble RNLI was also requested to assist with the search in very challenging weather conditions with strong winds and rough seas hampering the crews with the search.

After three hours the lifeboats from Blyth RNLI had to return to their station in order that they could refuel but were quickly back out resuming their search.

At 3.48am on Christmas Eve,UK Coastguard called off the search and the lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.

The lifeboats were made ready for service at 4.15am.

Helmsman Scott Delf said: “We responded very quickly to reports of a person in the water close to the Lighthouse at the entrance to Blyth Harbour. The search we undertook was difficult due to the weather and the sea conditions.”

Two Blyth volunteers were recognised at an RNLI awards ceremony, held at the Ramside Hotel in Durham recently.

November 15th, 2016 Posted in Fundraising & Events |

Gordon Elwen was presented with the Gold Badge that the RNLI Trustee Board had awarded him in recognition of his long and devoted service with the Blyth Lifeboat Management Group.Mr Elwen has been connected with Blyth Lifeboat Station for over 40 years and has now served more than 25 years in the honorary position of Lifeboat Treasurer at the Blyth Station.While serving on the station committee before being appointed Honorary Lifeboat Treasurer Mr Elwen assisted in various administrative matters. On three or four Lifeboat Open Days he skippered a boat while giving Boat Trips on the river. On other Open Days, with the assistance of family members, he would run various stalls to help raise funds for the Station.Mr Elwen for several years also helped with the promotion and publicity of the RNLI by acting as Press Officer at Blyth.On being asked why he has been interested with the RNLI for so many years he replied, ”The sea is inviting, interesting and can be exciting when visiting the seaside or being out and about on boats and yachts. However care is needed, one should know the tides and how the weather conditions affects the sea. Unfortunately there can be times when something can go wrong and help is needed, but with help of lifeboat fundraisers and supporters, the well trained RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat crews are ready around the clock to launch the lifeboats to help those in trouble and save lives at sea. I was not able to train as a crew member but it has been rewarding to have been able to support the Blyth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Crew”.
Lol Dunn has also had his Long Service to the RNLI recognised and unfortunately was unable to attend the awards ceremony on the day in person. He has said that, “I’ve always enjoyed supporting the RNLI Lifeboat Station over the years in Blyth but have never been part of the crew due to suffering from sea sickness. I’ve helped in other ways by fundraising and people may remember from visits to the Lifeboat Open Days on watching my ferrets race”.




06/11/2016 3.51PM *LAUNCH*

November 15th, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016 |

On Sunday 6th November at 3.51pm volunteers from Blyth RNLI responded to their pagers as a result of a “Mayday” message received by UK Coastguard.

The pilot boat Blyth Spirit from the Port of Blyth had sent out the emergency distress call as it was taking on water due to a mechanical failure.

The volunteer crew launched the B Class Lifeboat and upon reaching the Blyth Spirit escorted the vessel back to the safety of South Harbour at the Port of Blyth where it was tied up.

There were no casualties.

Volunteer Crew member Lee Pegg said: “The conditions at sea were rough this afternoon and we are glad that we only had to escort the vessel back to the Port and that no further action was required in what could have been challenging conditions.”



19/10/2016 6.10PM *LAUNCH*

October 22nd, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016, With Pictures |

Volunteer Crew from Blyth RNLI responded to request from HM Coastguard to attend an incident where Northumbria Police were also in attendance.
Both the Atlantic 75 B Class and D Class lifeboats were launched at 6.10pm and tasked to head to Hartley Bay to reports of a person in distress.
As the Lifeboats proceeded up the River Blyth and reached the piers the crews were stood down as the person was now in Police custody.
Both lifeboats returned to Station and were made ready for service.


18/10/2016 4.50PM *LAUNCH*

October 22nd, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016 |

On Tuesday 18 October at 4.50pm Volunteer crew members from Blyth RNLI responded to their pagers to a request from HM Coastguard to assist a stricken vessel.
Both the Atlantic 75 and D class lifeboats at the Station were launched to head to the Wendy G and the vessel was reached within 15 minutes.
It was found that a net had fouled Wendy G’s propellor and that a request was made to have the Atlantic 75 tow the vessel back to the Seaton Sluice Harbour.
The crew of the D Class lifeboat were stood down as their assistance was no longer required due to the high tide at Seaton Sluice and arrived back at the lifeboat station at 5.25pm.
It took the Atlantic 75 volunteer crew 25 minutes to tow Wendy G back to the harbour and once safely tied up alongside the crew arrived back at the station at 5.55pm and made ready for service.

Fish Supper Raffle Results & Quiz Winners

October 15th, 2016 Posted in Fundraising & Events |

Winning raffle ticket numbers from last nights fish supper at The Commissioners Quay:

1st – Overnight Bed & Breakfast @ Commissioners Quay – No.17
2nd – Three Course Meal For Two @ The Commissioners Quay No.92
3rd – Two Course Family Meal (2 Adults, 2 Children) @ The Commissioners Quay No.23
4th – Bottle of white wine No.104
5th – Bottle of rose wine No.112
6th – Chocolates No.143

Congratulations to George & Libby Cripps, winners of our fish themed quiz at The Commissioners Quay last night.

Thank you to all who took part and helped us raise over £500 which goes directly towards saving lives at sea.

We’ll be in touch with the winners shortly.








12/09/2016 3:30 PM *LAUNCH*

September 13th, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016 |

Inshore lifeboat launched to assist ambulance service as a man fall through a hatch in the post of Blyth.

At 3:30pm on September 12th the launch of Blyth’s Atlantic inshore lifeboat was requested to assist ambulance service responding to reports that a man working on a boat in the port of Blyth had fallen through a hatch on a pontoon.

The incident which was on board a moored up newly built boat was quickly located, the lifeboat arrived at the same time as the ambulance service incident response team so the lifeboat stood by whilst the man was assessed and assisted from the boat by ambulance crew.

The lifeboat and its three volunteer crew were on-scene for a total of 45 minutes before returning to station.

Tall Ships Regatta a great success says RNLI Blyth

September 12th, 2016 Posted in Station News, With Pictures |

RNLI Blyth can now reflect on the bank holiday weekend and has had a chance to count the donations that it received and can say that the Tall Ships Regatta has been a great success for several reasons.

The crew manned the station from the Friday to through to the Monday evening and this gave them chance to meet the public and build relations and educate visitors on the role of the local Station and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The Crew were also joined by colleagues and Volunteers who represented Fundraising, Respect The Water, Education and Face to Face all important elements of the RNLI and which the public may well not been aware of.

The Crew were pleased in the fact that they only had to deal with a handful of incidents over the weekend which ranged from towing broken down yachts, checking on reports of swimmers in distress which turned out to be a false alarm with good intent and first aid incidents outside the Lifeboat Station, together with ensuring the Parade of Sail took place safely.

The Station’s Lifeboat Shop proved a hit with the public with more than £8,000 in sales over the weekend.

The public were also very generous in donations with a further £8,500 received via bucket collections and support from other exhibitors at the Regatta.

Although fundraising is important to the Charity the more important message that the Crew and Volunteers wanted to deliver was that of RespectTheWater.com due to the recent incidents around the coast. Paul Raine, Deputy Launching Authority for RNLI Blyth, said, “The Regatta and the number of visitors that it brought to Blyth meant we were able to educate the public on important safety messages and also what role the RNLI undertakes which was invaluable to us. We’d like to say “Thank You’ for the fantastic amount of money that we’ve been able to raise which enables us to continue to save lives at sea. We hoped the public enjoyed meeting the Crew and volunteers as much as we enjoyed the experience and for us as a Charity and a Station the Regatta was a great success.”





19/08/2016 10:40AM *LAUNCH*

August 23rd, 2016 Posted in Service Calls 2016 |

Volunteer crew from RNLI Blyth responded to their pagers at 10.49 this morning to reports of a dog 200 metres off of Blyth beach.
Both the B and D class lifeboats were launched and proceeded to search for Milo a black labrador off from Gloucester Lodge area of Blyth Beach.

The crews soon located Milo and then it was decided that it would be easier to be able to put the dog on the B class lifeboat as it’s lower at the back of that particular boat.

Whilst the crews were doing this, Lianne Bridgett from Pegswood who is Milo’s owner could only watch from the shoreline.

She said,”We had parked up at the car park by the ice cream and chip place and walked up past the war memorial.We were about two minutes along the coastal path and Milo just took off.He’s never done that before! I’m so grateful to the crew at RNLI Blyth and I know to some people he’s just a dog but he’s part of our family.”

Milo was taken back by the B Class lifeboat to the Station and was reunited with Lianne and both boats were made ready for service at 11.40am.