Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI respond to a vessel with an engine fire

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 18 June at 2pm the volunteer crew were returning from being out on a routine training exercise when reports were received of a vessel whose engine was on fire.

Stock image of the B Class lifeboat Vic & Billie Whiffen

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Stock image of the B Class lifeboat Vic & Billie Whiffen
On contacting UK Coastguard to advise that the crew were available to assist if required, instructions were given to proceed to the yellow mine can buoy off of St Mary's Island.

Upon reaching the scene it was found that a small fishing vessel with four persons onboard had managed to extinguish the fire and that no one had been hurt.

Another vessel Crewless had passed a towline to the casualty vessel and were proceeding to Royal Quays Marina and the Blyth RNLI volunteer crew were requested to escort both vessels.

After a safe tow back to the marina and the casualty vessel safely tied up alongside, the B Class lifeboat Vic & Billie Whiffen headed back to Blyth arriving at 4pm.

The boat was refuelled and made ready for service at 4.20pm

For further information please contact

Robin Palmer Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer & Volunteer Crew Member at robin_palmer@rnli.org.uk
Mobile 07801 290638

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