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Two women rescued after becoming stuck in the mud in Blyth harbour

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from RNLI Blyth lifeboat station were requested by HM Coastguard to asssit with reports that there were two persons in stuck in the mud in Blyth harbour.

​The D Class inshore lifeboat was launched shortly after 1.30pm and proceeded towards Battleship Wharf in Blyth Harbour.

Upon arrival at the scene it became apparent that there were two women stuck in the mud and that two of the crew were required to leave the D class lifeboat to reach the women concerned.

It was a difficult rescue in that the crew had to swim under the staithes and wade across the waist deep mud to reach the persons in distress.

Blyth's B Class Atlantic 75 lifeboat was also launched and arrived on scene to assist in the search as there had been reports that there may have been a third person requiring assistance but that was later found not to be the case.

Upon reaching one of the women the crew had to man handle across the mud to the awating emergency services, and with the assistance of the fire service lifted the women up the bank to the ambulance where she was treated.

The other woman managed to follow the crew and was also assisted to the river bank to receive medical attention.

Robin Palmer from Blyth RNLI said that "The RNLI has a Respect the Water campaign and that we would like to remind the public to be careful when in and around the water'.


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