Three calls for Amble lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Following a request for assistance from Humber Coastguard on Monday 5 November both Amble RNLI lifeboats launched to assist two boats.

Both the all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth and Leonard and the inshore lifeboat Mildred Holcroft launched at 5.47pm to help two boats in difficulties. With light winds and slight swell with moderate visibility the boats headed to the casualties on the east side of Coquet Island.

A 25 foot vessel had engine failure and as the 20 foot vessel tried to tow her in, he fouled his propeller.

Amble all-weather lifeboat towed the 25 foot boat into Amble and the inshore lifeboat towed the smaller vessel into their moorings in the river.

Both boats were ready again for service at 7.05pm.

A call for assistance from Humber Coastguard at 8.30am on Tuesday 6 November to assist a lady trapped by the tide at the estuary at Alnmouth resulted in launching the inshore lifeboat Mildred Holcroft.

It’s believed that the lady with two dogs had crossed the river Aln to the south side from the village and encountered difficulties.

There was very little water in the estuary, making it difficult for the lifeboat to enter but the lady was escorted to safety by the shore Coastguards and the Police.

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 9.30am.

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