Early morning launch to drifting fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station were called out early today to assist a drifting fishing vessel.

View from lifeboat looking at casualty

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat arrives at casualty vessel

The UK Coastguard Humber Operation Centre received a distress call from a Blyth fishing coble with two persons on board that had sustained engine failure. Shortly afterwards at around 6.30am Newbiggin RNLI's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach with four volunteer crew on board.

The lifeboat headed to a position around 3 mile east of the station and located the casualty vessel. Once a tow was established both vessels made their way to Blyth. With assistance from the Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team the casualty was safely secured in the harbour then the lifeboat returned back to Newbiggin where it was refuelled and made ready for service again.


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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email nicola_quinn@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.

View from lifeboat looking at casualty

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat arrives in Blyth harbour with casualty vessel

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