Blyth RNLI assist in search for missing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Whilst out on a routine training exercise on Tuesday evening the volunteer crew of Blyth RNLI B Class inshore lifeboat were requested by Humber Coastguard to assist in the search for a missing Coble named Team Spirit.

The crew then received a further update to proceed back towards Seaton Sluice to check on reports that the vessel was there. Before they managed to reach the harbour, confirmation was received that the local mobile HM coastguard unit had found the coble and that all was okay.
The lifeboat crew were then stood down and returned to back to the lifeboat station where the refuelling took place and the boat made ready for service.
Volunteer Helmsman Steven Fitch said: 'We were asked to assist in locating a coble named Team Spirit and thankfully this turned out to be a search with a good outcome and vital experience for the crew who manned the lifeboat that evening.'

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