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RNLI Amble volunteers launch lifeboat to assist yacht

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 9th May at 12.40 pm Volunteers from RNLI Amble launched the all-weather Shannon Class lifeboat the Elizabeth and Leonard to assist a yacht that had reported to be having engine difficulties and taking on board water.

Night Song undertow

RNLI/Jeff Foster

Night Song

The Skipper of the 44 ft yacht Night Song requested assistance from HM Coastguard 2.5 miles east of Beacon point Cambios bay.

RNLI Amble volunteers on board the new Shannon class lifeboat the Elizabeth and Leonard arrived very quickly on scene and assessed the situation. The crew of 4 on board the Night Song had the ingress of water under control but did require a towline to be established to tow the vessel back to the safety of Blyth marina in order for the necessary repairs to be carried out.

For more information, please contact Amble lifeboat station Press Officer Alan Stewart on 07919 924704 or email

Night Song under tow

RNLI/Jeff Foster

Night Song

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