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Blyth RNLI volunteer crew respond to person entering the water at Dunn Cow Quay

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were paged Wednesday 4 July at 11.59am to be ready to assist the local UK Coastguard Unit as there were reports of person on the Quayside in Blyth.

The crew assembled and stood by in the D Class inshore lifeboat Alan & Amy at the RNLI Lifeboat station awaiting further instructions.

At 12.31pm the crew were requested to proceed to the Dun Cow Quay area as the person had now entered the water.

Upon reaching the scene which was only a short distance north up the River Blyth from the lifeboat station the crew quickly located the casualty and assisted them aboard the D Class lifeboat.

It was decided that the volunteer crew would return to the lifeboat station as that would be the easiest method of being able to bring the person safely back to land.

Once they had reached their pontoon, they were met shortly afterwards by the North East Ambulance Service and the person was then handed over to them for further assessment.

The D Class lifeboat was then made ready for service at 1.03pm.

David Thompson Deputy Launching Authority at RNLI Blyth said; ‘We were asked to assist the local UK Coastguard Unit with a person that initially hadn’t entered the water. Once they had our volunteer crew proceeded to the location and ensured they were safely brought aboard our D Class lifeboat. They then proceeded the short distance back to the lifeboat station, where shortly afterwards they were met by the North East Ambulance Service. This was a multi-agency effort and we are glad that it was a good outcome this afternoon.’

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D Class inshore lifeboat approaching casualty in the water at Dunn Cow Quay Blyth

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