Blyth RNLI volunteer crew search Blyth Bay
Blyth RNLI volunteer crew were requested to search for a light seen by a member of the public in the water off of Blyth Bay.
On Monday 18 January at 9.30pm the volunteer crew at Blyth RNLI were paged to respond to reports of a flashing light in Blyth Bay.
The D class inshore lifeboat was launched with 3 volunteer crew on board and a search was undertaken of Blyth Bay.
After a short period of time the light was located and UK Coastguard were informed.
The volunteer crew were requested to continue their search to ensure that there was no casualty in the water.
Once UK Coastguard were happy that there was no casualty in the water the volunteer crew were stood down and were able to return to the lifeboat station.
Barry Pearson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Blyth RNLI said, ' Our volunteer crew were requested to search for a flashing light in the water in Blyth Bay after a member of the public became concerned. We are always happy to launch, when requested to do so, in such instances were the call is made with good intent. We'd ask the public that if they are aware that they have misplaced an item such as a torch in the water that they notify the coastguard.'
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