Blyth RNLI respond to reports of two kayakers requiring assistance
On Thursday 20 August the volunteer crew at Blyth RNLI responded to their pagers to the report of two kayakers requiring assistance.
The station's Atlantic 75 with three volunteer crew on board launched shortly afterwards and headed south towards Seaton Sluice.
They quickly found a kayak with two occupants just off of Gloucester Lodge and having spoken to the kayakers they volunteer crew were happy that they didn't require any assistance.
Having then continued south towards Seaton Sluice and searched the area and finding nothing the lifeboat was allowed to head back towards the Port of Blyth.
Then the volunteer crew received further instructions from UK Coastguard to head to St Mary's Island and carry out a search back towards the Port of Blyth.
Once the search was concluded and parties were satisfied that no kayak in the area was in any difficulty the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service at just after 2pm.
Adam Pickering, volunteer Helm of the Atlantic 75 said,'This was my first shout as helm of the Atlantic 75 and i'm pleased to have been able to use all the skills i've learnt to conduct a search of the area with my fellow volunteer crew. It was good to know that there was no kayakers in distress this afternoon and that the shout was a false alarm with good intent. We would always say that if you think some is in distress dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'
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