Amble lifeboat in action off Seahouses
The Amble Shannon Class Lifeboat paid a visit to Seahouses on Sunday 7th October, 2018.
The purpose was to have tour of the Farne Islands with Seahouses Cox/Mechanic Craig Pringle and Crewman Adam Chaytor aboard, for familiarisation purposes, in case they are called to back up the Seahouses Crew at any incident in the future. They also called into Seahouses to allow some of the Seahouses Crew to view the boat, as part of their familiarisation of the Shannon Lifeboat. Seahouses are due to receive a Shannon next year, to replace the current Mersey Class Lifeboat “RNLB Grace Darling”. However, in the middle of the visit, a small dive boat suffered engine failure just off Seahouses Harbour, and called the coastguard for assistance. The Amble Lifeboat being close by, responded, and was quickly alongside. The boat was towed to Seahouses, and safely beached.
Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton commented, “It was useful visit for both the Amble and Seahouses Crews, and the Amble Shannon got a tow job into the bargain ! The Shannon is most impressive and a superb craft. The Seahouses Crew look forward to receiving their new boat next year. In the meanwhile, Seahouses and Amble crews will continue with joint training exercises.”
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.