Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were requested to search the River Blyth near Factory Point after UK Coastguard received reports of persons requiring assistance.

On Friday 4 October at 8.13pm the volunteer crew at Blyth RNLI were paged by UK Coastguard. Shortly afterwards both inshore lifeboats and they proceeded north up the River Blyth to search an area around by Blyth Boating Association.

The Atlantic 75 B Class inshore lifeboat heard shouts for help from a gentleman in the water that was holding onto a post in the river. He was quickly located and recovered aboard the lifeboat and taken the short journey back to the lifeboat station.

The D Class inshore lifeboat carried out a further search and having spoken to another casualty that had made their way to the safety of the river bank it was established that there were no further persons in the water.

Due to the position the casualty was in it was decided that they should also be taken back to the lifeboat station where they could be assessed by the North East Ambulance Service.

There were 2 further casualties that had made their own way out of the water and were with the local Blyth Coastguard unit who were also in attendance.

Barry Pearson, Lifeboat Operations Manger at Blyth RNLI, commented;’We were requested by UK Coastguard to search for persons in the water in the River Blyth, who we quickly located. Having spoken to them, they had been unfortunate in that their tender had sunk in the river. The male casualty had managed to float on his back and then found a post to hold onto until the volunteer crew found him. A good team effort meant that everyone is safe and well.’

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