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

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 17th May Blyth RNLI Atlantic 85 was out on a training/assessment exercise when the volunteer crew were requested by UK Coastguard to proceed to St Marys Island

UK Coastguard had received reports of a person in the water and a paddle boarder requiring assistance.
Upon approaching St Marys Island the volunteer crew spotted two open water swimmers stood on the rocks and ascertained that they were okay and no one else was in the vicinity. There were seals in the water which could have been confused for a person in the water.
UK Coastguard were informed and the lifeboat was stood down and the shout was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.
The volunteer crew were then able to continue with their exercise.

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