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.