Blyth RNLI diverted from training exercise to reports of a person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

Whilst carrying out a routine training exercise on Tuesday 31 August 2021 at just after 7.30pm the volunteer crew on board the Atlantic 85 were requested to head to St Mary's Island.

UK Coastguard had received reports that a person had been washed off the rocks and into the sea at St Mary's Island.

With the volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were training off of Seaton Sluice the UK Coastguard requested that they head to St Mary's Island and carry out a search.

Having arrived on scene a short time after receiving their tasking from UK Coastguard the volunteer crew received a further update to state that the person had now made their way back to shore and no further assistance was required.

The volunteer crew were stood down and were then able to continue with their training exercise.

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Blyth RNLI Atlantic 85 approaching St Mary's Island

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