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

Sunday 18 June 2017 2pm *Launch*

June 23rd, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |

Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI respond to a vessel with an engine fire

On Sunday 18 June at 2pm the volunteer crew were returning from being out on a routine training exercise when reports were received of a vessel whose engine was on fire.

On contacting UK Coastguard to advise that the crew were available to assist if required, instructions were given to proceed to the yellow mine can buoy off of St Mary’s Island.

Upon reaching the scene it was found that a small fishing vessel with four persons onboard had managed to extinguish the fire and that no one had been hurt.

Another vessel Crewless had passed a towline to the casualty vessel and were proceeding to Royal Quays Marina and the Blyth RNLI volunteer crew were requested to escort both vessels.

After a safe tow back to the marina and the casualty vessel safely tied up alongside, the B Class lifeboat Vic & Billie Whiffen headed back to Blyth arriving at 4pm.

The boat was refuelled and made ready for service at 4.20pm

Northumberland Puffin Kayak Competition supports the RNLI

June 12th, 2017 Posted in Fundraising & Events |

On the 3 June the Northumberland Kayak Competition took place off Blyth Bay raising funds for the local RNLI.  

The event had 40 entries and saw kayakers spend the day afloat fishing around the Blyth Bay area. The winner of the fishing competition was Andy Rose and he caught 8lb 9 oz cod.

The volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI joined the kayakers at sea whilst out on exercise and reinforced the Respect the Water message that the RNLI are keen to make the public aware of.

The competition had been postponed from the previous weekend by the organisers on safety grounds due to the weather conditions which is all part of the https://www.respectthewater.com/activities/kayaking/ message

The organisers visited the volunteer crew back at Blyth RNLI lifeboat station on Tuesday 6 June where they presented the crew with a cheque for £1100.

The charity would like to thank for the organisers for the professional manner in which the event was held and for the generous donation made to the RNLI.




2 June 2017 5:12pm *Launch*

June 6th, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |

On Friday 2 June Blyth RNLI volunteer crew members responded to their pagers at 5:12pm to come to the assistance of a small fishing vessel that was suffering from mechanical issues.

The B Class Atlantic 75 was launched and as instructed by UK Coastguard proceeded due east from Blyth harbour to meet the casualty vessel Braveheart off of the north wind turbine.

The volunteer crew arrived on scene and having spoken to the crew on board the casualty vessel it was decided to undertake a tow back to the West Staithes in Blyth harbour.

After establishing the tow both boats proceeded back Blyth harbour where the vessel was secured at the West Staithes.

The charity’s lifeboat then returned to station at 6:50pm and was made ready for the next service




24 May 2017 7.08pm *Launch*

May 26th, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |

On Wednesday 24 May at 7.08pm the volunteer crew at Blyth RNLI were paged to go to the aid of a kayaker off of Cambois.

Both the inshore lifeboats were launched at 7:17pm, and at the request of UK Coastguard, were required to go to the aid of a kayaker that had been seen to require assistance off Cambois.

The inshore lifeboats proceeded up the River Blyth and at the entrance to the Port of Blyth were informed by UK Coastguard that the kayaker had safely made their way to shore and that the volunteer crew were able to stand down and return to station.

The lifeboats headed back to the RNLI Lifeboat Station at Blyth where both boats were made ready for service at 7.40pm




Blyth Coffee Morning Saturday 8th April

March 29th, 2017 Posted in Fundraising & Events |

Blyth Lifeboat Ladies Guild Coffee Morning 2017

RNLI safety warning as north of England rescue figures are released

March 29th, 2017 Posted in Station News |

In 2016 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboats in the north of England launched more than 1,000 times. As the Easter holidays approach, and in a bid to reduce this year’s rescue statistics, the charity is urging people to take extra care at the coast.
RNLI statistics issued today (Wednesday 29 March) show that volunteer lifeboat crews at the 33 lifeboat stations* in the north of England launched 1,032 times last year, an increase of more than 8% on 2015 when there were 954 launches. The charity’s lifeguards on 38 beaches in the north* also saw an increase in the incidents that they attended with 2,398 incidents in 2016 compared to 2,065 in 2015.

Nationally, the number of lifeboat launches around the coast has increased from 2015 to 8,851 in 2016 (a five year high) and lifeguard incidents are also at an increase from last year to 17,414. The charity’s lifesavers saved 558 people’s lives last year and helped nearly 30,000 people.

Following the release of the statistics, the charity wants to equip more people with the knowledge and skills to avoid trouble in the first place and to understand what to do should they find themselves or others in danger in the water.

Darren Lewis, RNLI Lifesaving Manager said: ‘In 2016, our charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards in the north of England saved 64 lives. The figures from last year show immense dedication by our volunteer lifesavers but the increase in lifeboat launches and incidents dealt with by our lifeguards highlights the need for people to be extra vigilant in or around water.

‘Our charity promotes safety messages all year round via interactive campaigns such as Respect the Water and Hit the Surf. Through these initiatives we have equipped thousands of people with invaluable lifesaving tips. With Easter just around the corner, it’s the ideal time to remind people that to have an enjoyable time at the coast, they need to treat it with respect. A little preparation beforehand and knowing what to do if you do get into trouble can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.’

Top safety tips for people visiting the coast include:
· Familiarising yourself with tide times before setting off
· Always letting someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be return
· The correct way to raise the alarm if you do get into difficulty – by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard
· To always swim at a lifeguarded beach

The charity’s lifeguards will be returning to many beaches during April with safety patrols operating through to September. For a list of season dates please visit: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches

Darren added: ‘We’d always urge people to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. RNLI lifeguards are highly trained and are able to deal with anything from locating missing children through to lifesaving rescues. They’re always happy to offer friendly safety advice and this provides beach users with extra peace of mind.’

The 2016 statistics also show in the north of England an increase of lifeboat launches to people who got into difficulty ashore, with incidents rising almost 16% from 240 in 2015 to 278 in 2016. This highlights how people need to take extra care on coastal walks or whilst walking their dogs near the sea.

The busiest lifeboat crew in the north of England in 2016 was Sunderland which launched its inshore lifeboats 100 times, followed by:
Blackpool – 84 launches
Tynemouth – 75 launches
Humber – 67
Fleetwood – 55

Blyth RNLI on training exercise, diverts to sand dune fire

March 19th, 2017 Posted in Crew Training, With Video |

On the evening of Tuesday 14 March 2017 the volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were out on a routine training exercise in the Blyth Bay area.
One of the volunteer crew noticed what appeared to be a fire on the beach and the crew alerted UK Coastguard to that fact and proceeded to the shoreline to take a closer look.
The D Class inshore lifeboat was put onto the beach which enabled one of the crew members to investigate further and ensure that there was no-one requiring any assistance.
Whilst this was happening,Helmsman Scott Delf radioed the co-ordinates of the fire to UK Coastguard who in turn informed the Fire Service.
At the scene of the fire, contact was made with Northumbria Police and the Fire Service and having confirmed that no further assistance could be provided by the RNLI the crew member returned to the lifeboat.
The volunteer crew then proceeded to leave the beach and continue with the planned training for that evening.


17/02/2017 12.07pm *Launch*

February 20th, 2017 Posted in Service Calls 2017 |

Blyth RNLI crew respond to request for assistance from small fishing vessel

On Friday 17 February 2017 Blyth RNLI volunteer crew members responded to their pagers at 12.07pm to come to the assistance of a small fishing vessel that was suffering from mechanical issues.
The B Class Atlantic 75 was launched and as instructed by UK Coastguard proceeded due east from Blyth harbour to meet the casualty vessel Dotty Ree.
Within five minutes of launching the volunteer crew were on scene and having established that the Dotty Ree was unable to continue to their original destination of Amble that a tow would be undertaken to the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club.
After establishing the tow both boats arrived 60 minutes later at the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club where the Dotty Ree was safely secured alongside the pontoon and were met by the local UK Coastguard unit from Blyth.
The charity’s lifeboat then returned to station at 1.30pm and made ready for the next service.


Blyth Coffee Morning Saturday 11th February

January 31st, 2017 Posted in Fundraising & Events |

Blyth Lifeboat Ladies Guild Coffee Morning 2017

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.’