RNLI Blyth Volunteer Crew respond to distress call

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 6th November at 3.51pm volunteers from Blyth RNLI responded to their pagers as a result of a "Mayday" message received by UK Coastguard.

RNLI/Robin Palmer

B Class Lifeboat returning to the Station from South Harbour

The pilot boat Blyth Spirit from the Port of Blyth had sent out the emergency distress call as it was taking on water due to a mechanical failure.

The volunteer crew launched the B Class Lifeboat and upon reaching the Blyth Spirit escorted the vessel back to the safety of South Harbour at the Port of Blyth where it was tied up.

There were no casualties.

Volunteer Crew member Lee Pegg said: "The conditions at sea were rough this afternoon and we are glad that we only had to escort the vessel back to the Port and that no further action was required in what could have been challenging conditions."

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