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Newbiggin lifeboat assists drifting pleasure boat

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 25 May, Newbiggin RNLI recovered a stranded pleasure boat after the vessel suffered engine failure.

Lifeboat returning after call

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat
The call came in around 3.30pm today from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of a stranded 10m fishing boat off the village of Cresswell. The occupants of the vessel had been unable to get the vessel underway and made a call for assistance.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed north to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat towed the vessel south to Blyth and then it was secured at the quay.

Once in the harbour area a team from Blyth Coastguard provided valuable assistance in the port operations, taking care of the casualty and offering safety advice.

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or [email protected] or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email [email protected] or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.

The casualty vessel enters Blyth Harbour

RNLI/RM / Blyth

Vessel under tow

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