Blyth RNLI respond to reports of persons in the water requiring assistance

Lifeboats News Release

On the evening of Saturday 17 July the volunteer crew responded again to their pagers to reports of persons in the water off of Church Point.

It was requested that the D class inshore lifeboat proceed North to the area and conduct a search.

Once on scene and liaising with the local UK Coastguard unit from Newbiggin, the volunteer crew conducted a search. An inflatable not connected to the search was also recovered as not to lead to another shout later that evening.

A search was conducted off of Church Point and the volunteer crew reported that nothing had been found. In agreement with UK Coastguard the volunteer crew were stood down and the call logged as a false alarm with good intent.

On the way back to the Port of Blyth the volunteer crew were lucky enough to witness several dolphins heading North which always brings a smile to the faces of the crew.

Commenting on the shout, Helm Jordan Holmes said; 'We were tasked to look for persons in the water requiring assistance. After undertaking a search of the area and liaising with UK Coastguard we were stood down with no one requiring our assistance. To come across the dolphins on the way back to the lifeboat station was a bonus that evening.'

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Volunteer crew searching on Blyth RNLI D class inshore lifeboat off of Church Point

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.