Blyth RNLI launched in response to a report of a distress signal
Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI responded to their pagers at 9.34am on Saturday morning as UK Coastguard were informed of a distress signal in the Port of Blyth
Both inshore lifeboats were requested by UK Coastguard to proceed the relatively short distance north up the River Blyth to the Wimbourne Quay area to where the signal was coming from.
Upon arrival the volunteer crew assessed the scene and it was decided that one of the lifeboat crew board a vessel to ascertain whether anyone was requiring assistance.
Having established with the crew on board the vessel that no one was in distress and the source of the signal was confirmed this information was reported back to UK Coastguard.
UK Coastguard confirmed that was the same distress signal that they had been notified of so were happy that both inshore lifeboats could be stood down and return to station.
Both lifeboats returned to the lifeboat station and were made ready for service at 9.53am.
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