Blyth RNLI come to the assistance of a dive boat with mechanical issues
On Friday 4 June at 5pm the volunteer crew at Blyth RNLI responded to their pagers to come to the aid of a dive boat that had suffered mechanical issues.
The Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat was launched with 3 volunteer onboard and headed to the incident some 1.5 miles from the piers at the Port of Blyth.
Once on scene and having spoken to the crew on the casualty vessel it was decided that Cullercoats Lifeboat would retrieve the divers once they surfaced and bring them back to Blyth Lifeboat Station.
The Blyth RNLI volunteer crew set up a tow with the dive boat and brought them safely back to Blyth Lifeboat station within the Port of Blyth.
Once the divers were reunited with the dive boat, UK Coastguard stood down both Blyth RNLI and Cullercoats RNLI.
The Atlantic 75 was then made ready for service.
Helm Steven Fitch at Blyth RNLI commented, 'We were tasked by UK Coastguard to reports of a dive boat that had suffered mechanical issues and once on scene after making a safe approach, established that the divers would require assistance once they surfaced. Cullercoats RNLI were able to deal with that situation which meant that we could tow the casualty vessel back to the Port of Blyth. It was a good team effort.'
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