Blyth RNLI crew respond to request for assistance from small fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 17 February 2017 Blyth RNLI volunteer crew members responded to their pagers at 12.07pm to come to the assistance of a small fishing vessel that was suffering from mechanical issues.

The B Class Atlantic 75 was launched and as instructed by UK Coastguard proceeded due east from Blyth harbour to meet the casualty vessel Dotty Ree.

Within five minutes of launching the volunteer crew were on scene and having established that the Dotty Ree was unable to continue to their original destination of Amble that a tow would be undertaken to the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club.

After establishing the tow both boats arrived 60 minutes later at the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club where the Dotty Ree was safely secured alongside the pontoon and were met by the local UK Coastguard unit from Blyth.

The charity’s lifeboat then returned to station at 1.30pm and made ready for the next service.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 or

Dotty Dee under tow by RNLI Blyth B Class Lifeboat entering the piers to Blyth Harbour

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Dotty Dee under tow by RNLI Blyth B Class Lifeboat
Dotty Dee safely secured at Royal Northumberland Yacht Club

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Dotty Dee safely secured at Royal Northumberland Yacht Club

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.