Blyth RNLI volunteer crew involved in search

Lifeboats News Release

Blyth RNLI volunteer were paged at 10.46 am on 11 January 2022 by UK Coastguard after a mobility scooter had been found on the West Pier at Blyth.

Ron Dobson

D Class inshore lifeboat involved in search
Blyth RNLI launched their D Class inshore lifeboat with three volunteer crew on board.

They made their way to the West Pier and carried out a thorough search of the area around both sides of the pier.

With nothing found the UK Coastguard then requested that the volunteer crew conduct a search at the north end of Blyth Bay. The D Class proceeded to make a search from the entrance of the Port of Blyth alongside the West Pier heading south to the bandstand.

With nothing still found the volunteer crew were then requested to search again around the West Pier and along the Inner West Pier and the entrance to the Port of Blyth. The search then continued along the East Pier.

Yet again nothing was found and to ensure a thorough search of the area was completed UK Coastguard requested that a shoreline search the length of Blyth Bay was carried out. After heading south and reaching Seaton Sluice, the volunteer crew stepped the distance off from the shore and headed north back towards the Port of Blyth.

One further search was undertaken of the West Pier and the surrounding area before the volunteer crew were stood down and headed back to the lifeboat station and made ready for service at 1pm

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