Blyth RNLI respond to reports of a capsized vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On the 5th August volunteer crew at Blyth RNLI were paged to reports of a capsized vessel on the River Sleekburn.

The Station's D Class lifeboat with 3 volunteer crew on-board launched and proceeded north up the River Blyth.

After a short search and an update from the first informant the volunteer crew located the capsized vessel.

Due to the tide being on the ebb it wasn't possible for the D Class to make it's way closer to assess the state of the vessel.

Liaising with UK Coastguard, the volunteer crew were able to ensure that the local Coastguard Unit from Blyth could locate the capsized vessel and the persons connected with it.

Once it was confirmed that everyone was safe and there were no further issues the volunteer crew were stood down and able to return the station where the D Class was made ready for service

RNLI Media Contacts
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.

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Volunteer crew searching for capsized vessel on the River Sleekburn

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