Blyth RNLI respond to report of 2 people on inflatables requiring assistance
On Saturday 17 July volunteer crew at Blyth RNLI were paged at 2.43pm and were requested to proceed towards Sandy Bay Caravan Park..
The Atlantic 85 proceeded at best speed North towards the area and after a short search a small inflatable was discovered. Having quickly recovered the casualty on board the volunteer crew were then advised that the second person requiring assistance was approx 250 metres from their current location.
Once the second person was safely recovered from the water, Helm Jordan Holmes proceeded to the beach below Sandy Bay Caravan Park where the casualties were handed over to Newbiggin Coastguard.
Helm Jordan Holmes commented, 'This was the first service call for our new Atlantic 85 lifeboat and it provided an opportunity to put our recent training into practice. We were pleased with the outcome and would urge people to think twice on using small inflatables in the sea.'
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