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Blyth RNLI inshore lifeboats launched to assist in search for a missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI responded to a request from UK Coastguard to assist in a search for a missing person at Old Hartley.

The volunteer crew were paged at 1.33pm on Monday 18 September by UK Coastguard and both inshore lifeboats were launched shortly afterwards and were requested to search for a missing person who had last been seen on the cliff path between Seaton Sluice and Old Hartley.

Upon arriving on scene at 1.48pm both the lifeboats searched from Collywell Bay, Seaton Sluice south towards St Mary's Island.

The D Class inshore lifeboat Eric Howland due to the sea conditions was able to search closer to the rocks that were in the area.

Working closely with the UK Coastguard team and other agencies the search continued with both inshore lifeboats heading north from St Mary's Island towards Crag Point.

Reports then were received over the radio that the missing person had been found safe and well at Blyth Beach by Northumbria Police.

UK Coastguard then stood down the volunteer crews at 2.06pm and they were allowed to return to the Station were both boats were made ready for service.

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RNLI Blyth Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat Vic & Billie Whiffen returning to the lifeboat station

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RNLI Blyth D Class inshore lifeboat Eric Howland returning to the lifeboat station

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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