As part of announcement made this morning involving lifeboat stations along the coast of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders the RNLI has decided to undertake a trial of a second, larger, inshore lifeboat at Blyth.
An Atlantic 85 lifeboat will be placed on a two-year trial at Blyth to operate alongside the lifeboat station’s current D class lifeboat. Blyth, with its deep-water harbour, is well located to meet an expected increase in demand from sports, recreational and leisure marine users in the area. Also, the development of the waterfront and harbour area at Blyth may generate additional beach and coastal incidents. The wider impact of these changes on lifesaving provision on this area will be reviewed at the end of the trial in 2017.