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Blyth RNLI Christmas party delayed by call-out

Lifeboats News Release

Blyth's volunteer crew were all heading out for their Christmas party on Saturday 16 Dec when the pagers sounded at 6pm and they were tasked by the UK Coastguard to respond to reports of a red flare in the old power station area of the Port of Blyth.

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Stock image of Blyth RNLI inshore lifeboats
With both the station's inshore lifeboats being launched at 6.07pm, they were quickly on scene and were requested by UK Coastguard to commence a search in the Ash Dock and surrounding area.

The D Class inshore lifeboat conducted a boat to boat search while a mobile Coastguard unit from Newbiggin began searching the Cambois side of the harbour.

Both Blyth RNLI inshore lifeboats (the D class and Atlantic 75) then conducted a search of the south shoreline of the quayside before being stood down by UK Coastguard at 6.50pm.

Having returned to station both boats were made ready for service at 6.57pm.

The volunteer crew then proceeded to Porky's in Bebside, Blyth and had an enjoyable evening with no further interruptions.

Media Contacts:
  • Robin Palmer, Blyth Lifeboat Press Officer 07801 290638 01670 530418
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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