Blyth RNLI divert from training exercise to reports of a stricken vessel
Blyth RNLI diverted from a training exercise to reports of a broken down vessel approximately a quarter of a mile south of the lighthouse at the Port of Blyth.
On Tuesday 8 September volunteer crew were out on a training exercise in the D class inshore lifeboat and were heading back to the lifeboat station. When in the River Blyth their attention was gained by the skipper of a yacht and informed them that they believe there was a stricken vessel requiring assistance.
At 7.30pm having contacted UK Coastguard and informed the Harbour Master at the Port of Blyth the volunteer crew made the short distance to the stricken vessel and were on scene at 7.35pm.
The 26 foot casualty vessel had a broken prop shaft and had no means of propulsion. It was agreed that a tow would be established and this information was relayed to the relevant authorities.
The D class with the casualty vessel under tow made its way to the emergency berth at Blyth Boating Association.With the vessel secured on the moorings the lifeboat made it's way back to the station and was made ready for service at 8.40pm.
Scott Delf who was the helm said;'With the wind picking up and a swift response meant that the casualty vessel was brought to safety before the loss of light and deterioration in the weather. It was a good team effort by the volunteer crew that evening.'
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