New arrival at Blyth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 21 May Blyth Lifeboat Station took delivery of its new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat.

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Atlantic 85 on the River Blyth
The new Atlantic 85 Patricia Southall arrived on Station at 10am and now an extensive training programme for the volunteer crew will commence before the lifeboat is ready for service calls.

Blyth Lifeboat Station's current Atlantic 75 and D class inshore lifeboats will both remain operational throughout the training period and ready for service calls.

Barry Pearson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Blyth RNLI said, 'It's an exciting time for everyone at Blyth, with the arrival of the new Atlantic 85 and there will be a lot of training taking place by the volunteer crew to ensure we can continue to save lives at sea.We hope it won't be too long before we are able to welcome the public to visit the Station.'

To keep up to date with the training the volunteer crew will be undertaking please follow the Blyth RNLI social media channels.

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 the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.


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Atlantic 85 on the trailer

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Atlantic 85 being lifted off the trailer

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Atlantic 85 on the River Blyth

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Atlantic 85 arriving on the pontoon

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Atlantic 75 & 85 at Blyth RNLI

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