Blyth RNLI respond to reports of a kayaker requiring assistance

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew responded to their pagers at 3pm on Thursday 26 July and the Atlantic 85 was launched.

The Atlantic 85 headed north towards the mouth of the River Wansbeck. The volunteer crew received updated reports that the kayaker had been assisted out of the water by members of the public. It was requested by UK Coastguard that the volunteer crew were to provide casualty care and a crew member made their way to shore. Once ashore and satisfied that the casualty was fine and in the hands of the local coastguard unit the volunteer crew member made their way back out to the Atlantic 85 and picked up.
The volunteer crew were then stood down and able to return to the lifeboat station where the Atlantic 85 was made ready for service.

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For more information please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 or robin_palmer@rnli.org.uk or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer (North and East) on 07824 518641 clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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Volunteer crew member Adam Dixon making his way back to the Atlantic 85

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