Blyth RNLI search for a reported missing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew responded to their pagers on Thursday 19th December when UK Coastguard requested both Blyth RNLI's inshore lifeboats to be launched.

At 5.30pm the volunteer crew were paged and the both the Atlantic 75 and D class inshore lifeboats were launched shortly afterwards at 5.36pm.

The volunteer crew were tasked to reports of a reported missing vessel that may possibly be on the rocks with 2 persons on board.

The conditions for the search were difficult due to the weather conditions and this led to the D class returning to the lifeboat station within the Port of Blyth at 5.50pm.

The Atlantic 75 carried on their search which saw the 3 volunteer crew search an area covering from St Mary's Island to Newbiggin Bay.

With nothing found the Atlantic 75 was stood down and returned to the lifeboat station at 8.12pm.

Barry Pearson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Blyth RNLI said ; 'The volunteer crews that were involved in the search on Thursday evening, carried out a thorough search. The conditions were challenging due to the weather and the information that they had been provided with.'

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For more information please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 or [email protected] or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer (North and East) on 07824 518641 [email protected] or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Volunteer crew searching for missing vessel

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