RNLI – Blyth Lifeboat Station

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

Author: Robin Palmer

Blyth RNLI volunteers respond to assist in a search for missing 80 year old male

On Monday evening both inshore lifeboats were launched shortly after 6pm to respond to reports of a missing person in the Hartley Bay area. Volunteer crew responded to their pagers as the UK Coastguard required the inshore lifeboats to assist in the search for a missing elderly gentleman. Both the B and D class inshore lifeboats headed to the Hartley Bay area with the lifeboats searching from St Mary’s Island heading north and from Crag Point heading south. It was the volunteer crew on the D class lifeboat that spotted the casualty at bottom of the cliffs and advised UK Coastguard that they would proceed to the shoreline and assess the situation. Once members of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) and Blyth Coastguard had also reached the casualty, a plan was formed on how to extract the injured gentleman. It was decided to place him in a stretcher and use the two inshore lifeboats to transport him, from the shoreline back to Blyth RNLI lifeboat station where they would be met by an ambulance from North East Ambulance Service. Taking their time to cross the rocks and utilising their training the casualty was placed onto the D class inshore lifeboat first, which then slowly made its way from the shoreline to the awaiting B class lifeboat. The casualty and a member from TVLB were transported back to the lifeboat...

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New experience for two of Blyth RNLI volunteer crew

On Sunday 12th August two of Blyth RNLI volunteer crew used their training to assist a vessel which had suffered a mechanical breakdown.  Whilst out on exercise on Sunday afternoon the volunteer crew on the D class inshore lifeboat Alan & Amy were waved over by the Julieann2. The vessel with three persons on board was experiencing mechanical issues and it was agreed with the UK Coastguard that a tow would be organised to the Old Ferry Landing at the north end of Blyth Harbour. Knowing that the Station’s B class inshore lifeboat was also out on exercise in the Blyth Bay,the D class crew contacted them to provide the tow. The B class lifeboat made the short distance to the entrance to the Port of Blyth where the stricken vessel was arriving on scene at 12.54pm. The B class inshore lifeboat established a tow and headed up north up the River Blyth. It was then decided due to where the vessel’s berth was and the tide at the time that the D class would take over an alongside tow to make it easier to reach the Old Ferry Landing. At 1.29pm the volunteer crew had positioned the Julieann2 at its berth where it was met by the local Blyth Coastguard Unit. Both inshore lifeboats then returned to the lifeboat station at 1.48pm and were made ready for service....

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Choir hit top note for Blyth RNLI

Sing United in their first show together as a choir entertained an audience at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle Sing United on stage with crew member from RNLI Blyth On arriving at the Discovery Museum guests were first met by pupils from Stocksfield Avenue Primary School who were joined by the RNLI mascot Stormy Stan. The evening then continued where guests made their were into the Great Hall. The theme chosen by Sing United was ‘Rivers Pride’ and this led them to Blyth RNLI as their nominated charity, the connection being the choir’s headquarters being based in the town. A 120 joyful voices performed to a sold out audience and members of the volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were also in attendance. Mark Deeks, Musical Director for Sing United commenting on the evening said;’Giving back is at the heart of what we do.Our generous group gave their time and money to find as many ways as humanly possible to raise some well needed cash for this charity.’ The choir and audience heard from one of the volunteer crew members about the work of the RNLI and how it effects their family life and how donations are spent at the lifeboat station.’ Mark Deeks was invited down to the lifeboat station, where he was able to meet some of the crew.This also gave him the opportunity to present on behalf of...

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Blyth inshore lifeboats escort ex lifeboat Laura Moncur into the Port of Blyth

Volunteer crew from the station had the pleasure of welcoming the Laura Moncur into the Port of Blyth. The station’s two inshore lifeboats met the ex lifeboat as she was approaching the entrance to Blyth harbour.Volunteer crew member Dave Sheldon had the pleasure of being on board as she left Amble that morning. On the Wednesday morning both volunteer crew Dave Sheldon and Jordan Holmes boarded the Laura Moncur as she made passage to Hartlepool....

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**LAUNCH** 3.17am Sunday 29th July 2018

Early morning request for Blyth RNLI to provide assistance The volunteer crew were woken by their pagers at 3.17am on Sunday 29th July. The early morning request came from UK Coastguard due to reports of a person on the Quayside at Blyth. The volunteer crew launched the D Class inshore lifeboat Alan & Amy at 3.23am and stood by on the River Blyth to react if required. The Blyth Coastguard team who were also in attendance advised at 3.47am that the person was in the care of Northumbria Police and the inshore lifeboat was able to be stood down. At 3.50 the lifeboat had returned to Station and was made ready for...

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