Blyth RNLI assist vessel suffering from mechanical failure

Lifeboats News Release

On 23 June both Blyth RNLI's inshore lifeboats were launched to come to the assistance of a vessel located behind the East Pier at the entrance to the Port of Blyth

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Blyth RNLI D Class undertaking the tow of the casualty vessel with the station's Atlantic 85 escorting both vessels.
The vessel had suffered a fuel blockage and due to the weather conditions was drifting towards to the rocks and was unable to make it to the safety of the Port of Blyth.
The D class inshore lifeboat was launched from Blyth RNLI and first on scene and after ensuring that everyone was safe on board established a tow away from the rocks behind the East Pier.

With the station's B Class arriving on scene, the tow was exchanged and the vessel taken back to it berth a Jetty 39 within the Port of Blyth where it was met by the local Coastguard unit.

It was the first shout for volunteer crew member Laura Greenwood who was on the Atlantic 85.

Mark Walker, Helm on the Atlantic 85 said, 'This was a great example of team work and for Laura to be able to put in practice what she's learnt from her training. We train hard to make sure that when we are out on a shout everyone knows their role and to ensure a good outcome. Today was a good example of this.'

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Volunteer crew member Laura Greenwood

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